Misc.

This section covers, in no particular order, other exams, past and present in Secondary Maths. I have never taught any of these although would be interested in doing so.

 

 

International A Level

2 exam boards offer this – Edexcel and CIE. It’s not widely used in our area (in fact it’s not really used in the UK). It’s similar in structure to the standard A Level, but fewer modules are available.

 

Cambridge Pre-U

This is another alternative to A Levels.  I’m not really familiar with it, but a scan through the syllabus tells me it isn’t very different to the standard UK A level.

 

English Baccalaureate

See the section in the Exams tab for the IB (International Baccalaureate).

The English Baccalaureate is not a real qualification; it is merely a presentation of GCSE results flagging pupils who have achieved grade C or better at English, Mathematics, History or Geography, a science and a foreign language. I think the Department for Education is losing interest in the English Baccalaureate and I would not be surprised to see it disappear from school statistics in the next year or so.

 

SATS

SATS are set in state primary schools at the end of Key stage 1 (7 year olds) and Key stage 2 (11 year olds). They were abolished in 2009 for secondary school students at the end of Key Stage 3 (14 year olds). So! Secondary schools students no longer have to worry about SATS. They are of great interest to schools as they are judged on the SATS exams; they are of less interest to parents.

 

Statistics GCSE

Some Exam Boards offer a separate Statistics GCSE which is designed to be taken in addition to Maths. This is not common at schools in our area.

 

Statistics A and AS Level

The AQA board offers Statistics AS and A Level. These can be taken as an alternative to or in addition to AS and A Level Maths.

 

 

Martin Procter – August 2017

 

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