Post 16 Mathematics - current landscape
New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. These are designed to follow on from the new mathematics GCSE which will be first examined in Summer 2017.
AS and A levels in mathematics
September 2017 will see the first teaching of the new linear mathematics AS and A level. The AS level examination does not count towards the A level grade anymore.
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 first A level nad AS Level examinations will take place in summer 2018.
AS and A levels in further mathematics
September 2017 will also see the first teaching of the new linear further mathematics AS and A level. Students can study further mathematics if they have already sat the A level mathematics examination or intend to do so in the same sitting as A level mathematics.
The AS level examination does not count towards the A level grade. The first of the new AS level examinations takes place in the summer of 2018.
The A level further mathematics specification require students to study common content of pure mathematics, with examination boards free to offer a variety of different specifications which also include more pure mathematic, statistics, mechanics or discrete mathematics. The first A level examinations in further mathematics will take place in summer 2019.
Core Maths is the new Post-16 qualification for students who achieved a Grade 4 (formerly Grade C) at GCSE Maths and wish to develop their practical maths skills for the real world, be it in work, study or everyday life. Core Maths is about students doing meaningful mathematical problems to increase their confidence in using maths and to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education, employment and life.
A useful overview of the changes can be found here.