Curriculum

Studying Science and Maths A-Levels in Cornwall? 

If you are choosing to study Science and Maths A-Levels in Cornwall, we believe you cannot choose a better place to study than Cornwall School of Maths and Science. Here is some more information on the courses on offer.

Mathematics and Further Maths

At the VI Form Academy, Maths is one of the most popular subjects to choose as an A Level.

Our results are exceptional: 100% of students achieved A*-B in Further Maths A-Level, and 93% of students achieved A*-B in Maths A-Level.

The qualifications we offer are:

A level Mathematics – this includes work on the core ideas of algebra, trigonometry and calculus as well as mechanics and statistics.

A level Further Mathematics – this includes work on the core ideas of matrices and complex numbers as well as the study of decision mathematics and further mechanics or statistics.

All exams are taken in June of Year 13. The exam board is Edexcel.  There are six one hundred minute lessons per fortnight. Homework tasks are set twice a week, using the MEI website resources or textbooks. This gives students instant feedback on what they have done and enables them both to consult notes on that topic and to repeat the homework in order to improve their standard. There are several step assessments per half term that are formatively marked. These inform personalised intervention tasks and sessions on a Thursday after school. Milestone assessments are also completed and these are examination papers.

CSMS

CSMS students follow the same programme of study as above in Mathematics, including mastery. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to attend the mathematical modelling extra-curricular sessions in preparation for future Singapore Mathematics challenge events. CSMS students are provided with support towards completing the STEP examination.

CAREERS

Studying mathematics helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors. Jobs directly related to a Mathematics degree include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Actuary
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Research scientist (maths)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Statistician
  • Systems developer

Jobs where a mathematics degree would be useful include:

  • Financial trader
  • Financial manager
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Meteorologist
  • Operational researcher
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Software tester

These are not exhaustive lists. Many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, particularly mathematics.

Opportunities and enrichment.

Our students love Maths. CSMS offers a wealth of opportunities to meet with and compete against other able Mathematicians on a National and International stage.

Singapore Mathematics Challenge

The Singapore Mathematics challenge is an important bi-annual event attended by a team of Mathematicians from CSIA. Preparation for this event forms part of the CSMS extra-curricular programme.

UKMT Senior Mathematics Team Challenge

PiXL High-5 student conference

Plymouth University STEP preparation days

A-Level Computer Science

This modern qualification gives an insight into a range of computing systems, including an understanding of the principles of programming and the solving of problems. The course will prepare students for university courses in computing /computer science, or for work in the ICT industry.

“Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now!” Richard Branson

A Level Biology- OCR

Extend your knowledge of how living things work by following a science A-level course in Biology. Run over two years, this course is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other.

We help students to build competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills, whilst supporting their interest and enthusiasm for the subject. We will encourage an interest in further study and careers in associated fields. It is our intention that students also gain an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.

The course prepares students who wish to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in varied areas of Biology (e.g. Human/Marine/Animal/Micro/Plant), and related subjects such as Veterinary sciences, Oceanography, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences and all Medicine related fields.

Practical work is an important part of A-Level biology at CSMS

Course Outline

  • Unit 1 Development of Practical Skills in Biology
  • Unit 2 Foundations in Biology
  • Unit 3 Exchange and Transport
  • Unit 4 Biodiversity, Evolution and disease
  • Unit 5 Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Unit 6 Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

A Level Chemistry- OCR

Extend your knowledge of the behaviour of chemicals and materials by choosing an A-level course in Chemistry.

Run over two years, this course is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the 3 key areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic and physical) and how they relate to each other. We will help students to build competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills, whilst supporting their interest and enthusiasm for the subject. We will encourage an interest in further study and careers in associated fields. It is our intention that students also gain an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject. The course prepares students who wish to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in varied areas of Chemistry (e.g. Metallurgy, Pharmacology and Biochemistry), and related subjects such as Veterinary sciences, Biomedical sciences and all Medicine related fields.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1 Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry
  • Unit 2 Foundations in Chemistry
  • Unit 3 Periodic Table and Energy
  • Unit 4 Core organic Chemistry
  • Unit 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Unit 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis

A Level Physics- AQA

Physics is a Fascinating A-level, often seen as the most fundamental of the natural sciences. The topics range from the amazing sub-atomic particles of the quantum world to the massive stars in the universe. Principally the course researches the interaction of matter and energy and predicting how they control the world we live in.

Studying Physics A-level is a wonderful way to begin seeing and understanding the daily influence of complex forces and phenomena and would complement other studies in the fields of science and medicine, along with demonstrating a breadth of interest and ability for the more literary or highly solicited career pathways.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1  Measurements and their errors
  • Unit 2  Particles and radiation
  • Unit 3 Waves
  • Unit 4 Mechanics and materials
  • Unit 5 Electricity
  • Unit 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Unit 7  Fields and their consequences
  • Unit 8 Nuclear Physics
  • Unit 12 Turning points in Physics