Examination Board and code: to be decided, see below. Length of course: two years
What is the new Maths A Level about?
New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. The changes include:
New linear structure: AS will be decoupled from A level, and all assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A level.
New emphasis: There will be more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology to permeate teaching and learning.
New content: The content of AS and A level Mathematics will be fixed. It will include pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large data sets). There will be some choice in content for AS and A level Further Mathematics.
Is this course for me?
In addition to minimum academic level specified in our sixth form entry requirements, students will be required to pass the entry level algebra competency test and to complete the summer homework that is set during the Induction week.
Where could it lead?
Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Mathematics are regarded as demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies. Learning Mathematics is also very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses requires students to have a Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Mathematics.
What else do I need to know?
There is the opportunity for Year 12 students to undertake community service. The mathematics department also offer a weekly clinic on a Thursday. This is to support students with their studies. All pupils are welcome to come and receive help from a variety of teachers.
What do other students say?
“Mathematics at A level is a big change from GCSE’s but the structured HW, consolidation and assessments at Charters help to keep on top of the topics taught.”
“I joined Charters School a few weeks ago into Year 12. Mathematics at A level has been an excellent experience, introducing me to some more challenging and interesting mathematics, and learning more advanced algebra with calculus and trigonometry. I am really enjoying the speed in lessons, new expectations and independent learning. The Thursday Clinics have been really helpful in bridging gaps.”
Draft Struture of A level mathematics
Please note that various Exam Boards have submitted their specifications to OFQUAL and are still awaiting accreditation. As a result we have been unable to decide upon the Exam Board. For an indication of the likely course structure please click here.