Post 16 Mathematics - current landscape
New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics were introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. These were designed to follow on from the new mathematics GCSE which was first examined in Summer 2017.
AS and A levels in mathematics
September 2017 saw 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 requires students to study common content comprising of pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics no matter which examination board is used. The first A level and AS Level examinations took place in summer 2018.
AS and A levels in further mathematics
September 2017 also saw 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 took 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 took 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.
Recruiting students to study mathematics post 16
Teachers of secondary mathematics in the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub region have the opportunity to take part in a workgroup Enrichment Strategies KS3 KS4
We are delighted to offer the opportunity for teachers of Mathematics in the region to take part in this exciting initiative. In order to increase participation rates of students studying
mathematics post 16, students and parents need to be convinced that this is both beneficial and achievable. The process of informing students and parents of the different pathways
post 16 needs to start as early as possible. Teachers will develop a range of enrichment activities, accessible to KS3 and KS4 students, in which the mathematical content is beyond the scope of GCSE. For more information click on the link.