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MEI has developed a free course to introduce A level Mathematics students to Data Science. The course is freely available on this site: Introduction to Data Science Short Course.
The course consists of 8 lessons of short videos and programming tasks (in Python). It is designed to be studied independently and can be completed in the summer term of year 12 or over the summer break between years 12 and 13.
The aim of this course is to give students a greater appreciation of the importance of data science to support them in making informed choices about future study/career options. It also gives students an opportunity to explore the A level Large Data Sets in more detail.
The course consists of 8 lessons:
The materials feature:
These resources were enabled by the Arm School Program.
The materials were piloted with over 100 schools and colleges in summer 2020. See the report on the pilot phase for more information and the feedback from students and teachers.
The course includes support for teachers. This page also has links to recordings of the three webinars for teachers from May and June 2021:
In the autumn term of 2021 we are planning to run a Data Science Taught Course. This course will be aimed at year 13 A level Mathematics students and follows on from the successful self-study Introduction to Data Science Short Course that we piloted in summer 2020.
The Taught Course will feature weekly online lessons, with supporting study material, over the Autumn term. The students will be assessed through both project work and examination in January or February of 2022. The teaching and marking of the assessment will be offered by MEI tutors, though schools will be expected to administer the examination. Places on this course will be limited.
For more information about the data science taught course and to express an interest in your students studying the course in the autumn term please see the links below:
For more information about MEI's data science work please contact Tom Button, MEI’s Mathematics Technology Specialist.