New AS & A Level Mathematics

September 2017 saw the first teaching of the new linear mathematics AS and A levels, with the first examinations taking place in summer 2018. Changes include:

The AS has been decoupled from the A Level so will not count towards the A level grade anymore. All Assessment will take place at the end of the course.

The new A level specification require students to study common content comprising of pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics no matter which examination board is used.

The DfE have published the following document relating to AS and A Level content: DfE AS & A Level Content



For information on individual organisations new specifications, please click on the relevant links below. Eduqas will not be offering AS and A Level Mathematics from September 2017.



OCR (A) and OCR (B)


CPD Opportunities

There are a number of CPD opportunities in the region for teachers and AS and A Level Mathematics. Please follow the links below for full details.

General CPD:

Teaching A Level Mathematics (TAM)

New to A Level Summer School

Teaching the new mathematics A level

Teaching for deep understanding in A Level mathematics

Underground Maths Courses

Underground Maths Conference

Further Maths Support Programme


 Statistics specific CPD:

MEI Teaching Statistics

Mechanics specific CPD:

MEI Teaching Mechanics

Upcoming support in the Yorkshire Region

A practical approach to teaching mechanics in
the new A-level mathematics specifications 

  • 30 November 2017Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley
  • 25 January 2018 Huntington School, York
  • 1 Feb 2018 Malet Lambert School, Hull

Using Technology for the Large Data Set in the new A level Mathematics

York KS5 Network meeting

  • This PD session will include Using Technology for Large Data sets by Tom Button (FMSP) and Looking at AQA’s Large Data Set by Laura Broddle (AQA Advocate) Fulford School, York (31 Jan 2018)

Sheffield KS5 Network Meeting

  • This meeting will be focusing on an aspect of pure content of the new Mathematics A level Notre Dame High School, Sheffield (6 Feb 2018)

Doncaster KS5 Network Meeting

  • This meeting will be focusing on an aspect of statistics content of the new Mathematics A level Outwood Academy Adwick (12 Feb 2018)

Yorkshire Branch Mathematical Association: Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics, A Study Day for Teachers (10 March 2018)

Rotherham KS5 Network Meeting

Hull and east Riding KS5 Network Meeting

  • Introduction to the teaching of AS Mechanics by Yvonne Croasdaile (FMSP)  Wyke College (19 March 2018)

How to deliver: “Extending the most able at GCSE mathematics”

  • A two-day residential activity at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, run in conjunction with MEI, in which teachers will experience how to deliver the course “Extending the most able at GCSE”. (19 March 2018)

Teaching for deep understanding in A level mathematics (16 to 18 July 2018)

New to teaching A level mathematics Summer School (20 to 23 August 2018)

Useful Resources: Websites

Underground Maths

NRICH  Advanced mathematics problem solving pages

Integral Resources provided by MEI maths (Subscription required)

STEM Learning

Useful Resources: Organisations

NCETM: The aims of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) are to raise levels of achievement in maths, and to increase appreciation of the power and wonder of maths, across the school, sixth form college and further education system.

MEI: MEI is an independent charity committed to improving mathematics education and is also an independent UK curriculum development body. Any income generated through our work is used to support the teaching and learning of mathematics.

FMSP: The Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) is supported by the Department for Education and managed by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), an independent educational charity.

STEM Learning: STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, the Network is dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM, and increasing the numbers of young people progressing in STEM studies and STEM-related careers.

Association of Teachers of Mathematics:  The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) was established in 1952 to encourage the teaching and learning of mathematics by relating more closely to the needs of the learner.

Mathematical Association: Members of The Mathematical Association include teachers and other education professionals, mathematicians, students, parents, employers and others, largely in the UK but across the world. We are the oldest established subject association in the UK, having been founded in 1871 as the ‘Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching’.