1. What is a GCSE or
In the UK, at the age of 16, students take a
set of examinations making the end of compulsory education. These
a) GCSE's - General Certificates of
Secondary Education. For mathematics there are 3 tiers of
examinations that students can take,
Foundation level : lowest level achieving
grades G to D
Intermediate level : achieving
grades E to B
Higher level : achieving
grades D to A*
The average grade at GCSE grade at GCSE
level is taken to be D, but most colleges and employers will expect
a grade C or above in Maths and English.
b) AS/A2 levels - Advanced level courses
taken after GCSE's. usually at colleges and required prior to going
to university to study for a degree. The two types are AS - for 1st
year courses - and A2 - for second year courses. Student usually
take 4 AS's in the first year then specialise in 3 A2's in the
2. Are these the
only qualifications ?
No. There are a series of vocational
qualifications that students can take at GCSE and AS/A2 levels.
These are GNVQ's (general national vocational qualification) and
AVCE's (advanced vocational certificate of education) respectively.
There are also qualifications that are known
as Key Skills in Application of Number, Communication and
Information Technology. However, these have not been very successful
despite attempts to make them compulsory at post 16 education.
3. Who is 2July
aimed at ?
Originally it was set up to share resources
and information with colleagues and students, especially as the
college or school IT systems were either unavailable or too
difficult to update and amend as required.
It has been running for almost 6 years in
one form or another, now known as 2July for the last 3 years.
4. Are the resources
and downloads free ?
The resources and downloads
written by myself are all free to copy, use and adapt as you wish. I
try and only include resources that are free, however some external
software and resources may require registration and/or payment for
their full use. I have no control over the content of externally
provided software or resources, and at times these will change in
content and link address.