What to expect from the new Maths A level

A Level (two years)

All units must be examined at the end of A2

Four contact hours

Mathematics

Requirements: grade 7 or higher

Four pure mathematics units

One statistic unit

Emphasis on interpretation of statistical diagrams and measures

· Includes hypothesis testing

- Students will be required to become familiar with one or more specific large data set(s) in advance of the final assessment and to have used technology such as spreadsheets or specialist statistical packages to explore the data set(s).

One mechanics unit

- Includes kinematics, Newton’s laws and application of vectors

Further Mathematics

Requirements: grade 8 or higher

Three pure mathematics units

-Including complex numbers, matrices, algebra and functions, calculus, vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations

Three optional units

-These options could build from the applied content in A Level Mathematics or they could introduce new applications

 AS Level (one year)

Students may choose to ‘cash in’ their A level units after 1 year to gain a AS mathematics qualification

Four contact hours

Mathematics

Requirements: grade 7 or higher

Two pure mathematics units

One statistic unit

- Emphasis on interpretation of statistical diagrams and measures and using binomial distribution

Further Mathematics

Requirements: grade 8 or higher

Two pure mathematics units

One optional unit

-20% of the content is prescribed, covering the basics of complex numbers, matrices and roots of polynomials

- A further 10% of the content must be taken from the prescribed core content of  A Level Further Mathematics

-The remaining content could introduce new applications, or they could extend further the prescribed core content.

 Core Mathematics

Anyone with grade C or above in mathematics at GCSE can study Core Maths.

Should I consider Core Maths?

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life problem solving skills. You will study mathematics that can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life. Most courses will include a financial maths element too. Core Maths will also help your work for other A level subjects, in particular science, geography, business studies, psychology, sociology, computing and economics. The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills. On average, students who study mathematics after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning prospects.

What is Core Maths and how is it assessed?

Core Maths is a brand new course for those who want to keep up and extend their valuable mathematics skills beyond GCSE, but who are not planning on taking AS or A level mathematics. At the end of the two year course (just 2 hours of lessons per week), you will come out with a level 3 qualification in Core Maths – which is worth the same as an AS level. The qualification is assessed by final examination at the end of year 13, after two years of studying the subject.

Will it be recognised by universities and employers?

Mathematics qualifications look impressive on any CV, university or job application. Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in strong support of it. Even humanities subjects like history now recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university. Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Maths qualification. Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.