Exeter Mathematics Certificate

One of the challenges facing current 6th form education is that it often does not prepare students adequately for university study.  The Exeter Mathematics Certificate is designed to bridge this gap.

The Exeter Mathematics Certificate is a rigorous academic programme devised by University academics in consultation with EMS staff.

In Year 12 EMC, students collaborate in teams, completing group projects.

In the first term, the students work with academics from the University of Exeter to research a question or problem posed by lecturers and professors. They meet their lecturer and student mentors on a regular basis before presenting their work as a formal poster and delivering a talk to a lay audience numbering several hundred at our Christmas Lectures, hosted by the University of Exeter.

In their second term, the students work with the likes of ATASS, QinetiQ, The Met Office, Apple and The Hydrographic Office to gain experience of the world of industry and to contribute to the running of these companies. In January, the students meet a representative of the company who introduces the task and explains how it benefits them; the students visit the company part way through their projects for a tour and a progress meeting, before presenting their findings to their companies in a professional report.

In their third term, students complete a research project into careers and report their findings to one another.  This project links closely with our careers programme and supports students as they begin to make decisions about their future post-EMS.

In Year 13 EMC, the students have the option either of developing further one of the concepts explored in  Year 12, or selecting and pursuing a piece of individual research to be presented to all students and the general public at the EMC Easter Conference.

Subjects that have been presented in the past include “The Science of Skimming Stones”, “Developments in Aeronautics”, “Statistically Engineering the UK Top 40” and “The Mathematics of Traffic Flow”.

Throughout the course of all of these projects, the students’ ability to work independently, meet deadlines and sustain effort is developed, tested and challenged. Resources at the disposal of the students include university and public libraries, 3D printers, Scanners, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and our range of computing and practical equipment for modelling and experimentation.

The Exeter Mathematics Certificate is recognised by the School and the University of Exeter as a course of high prestige, setting students apart.  It forms an essential element in our preparation of students for university study, giving a vital real-world context to their mathematics.  Linking theory to practice will emphasise the usefulness and relevance of Mathematics and Physics today.

EMC Skills

Being brilliant at Mathematics is not enough in the modern workplace: employers need skills beyond those developed by our core courses.  EMC skills will equip students to succeed in their EMC projects and beyond.

There are two key focuses for this course: programming and literacy.

In the world of Big Data and a technological revolution, being able to code is a vital skill for any mathematician or scientist.  All EMS students will learn to program in Python.  By the time they leave EMS, students should have a firm foundation on which to build.  For those that are already competent coders, challenging projects will be set to extend their skills.

The ability to communicate scientific findings to varied audiences is vital and increasingly sited by employers as essential to their business.  Throughout this course students will be supported in public speaking, scientific writing and adapting their communication to different audiences.  We hope also to develop an appreciation for literature and enjoyment of the written word.

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