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A Level Maths FAQs

Timeline

Q: When will the new A Levels be introduced?

A: The new AS and A Levels for Maths and Further Maths will be introduced for teaching from September 2017. First examinations will be:

AS Level - Summer 2018
AS Further Maths - Summer 2018
A Level - Summer 2018
A Level Further Maths - Summer 2019

What changes?

Q: What are the key changes to Maths A Level?

A:

  • A Level maths will no longer be examined in modules. Instead, the assessment will be linear, meaning all exams will be taken at the end of the course.
  • You will no longer be able to choose which topics you teach. Instead the content will be 100% prescribed, so all students will have to study pure maths, mechanics, and statistics.
  • Decision maths has dropped from the new A Level (but not from Further Maths).
  • For the first time a large data set will be identified in advance, on which statistics questions will be based.
  • The question style will change to give more emphasis to modelling and problem-solving.

Accreditation

Q: When will the final accredited specifications be published?

A:

  • The AQA AS and A Level Maths specifications have now been accredited by Ofqual. Further Maths is yet to be accredited.
  • Edexcel's AS and A Level Maths specifications have been accredited by Ofqual. Final specs are available on their website. Further Maths is yet to be accredited.

New resources

Q: What resources are available and when will they be ready?

A:

  • AQA. We are publishing brand new resources for AQA's new specification. Our Year1/AS Student Book has been approved by AQA and is now published. Main Student Books from the series have been entered into the AQA approval process.
  • Edexcel. We are publishing brand new resources for Edexcel's new specification which will be available from Spring 2017. Student Books from the series have been entered into the Edexcel endorsement process.
  • To keep up-to-date on these resources, please sign-up to the maths eNewsletter and follow us on Twitter @OxfordEdMaths.

Useful links

Q: Where can I find more information?