Specifications and Specimen Papers
GCE AS and A Level Subject Content for Mathematics Note that Appendix A sets out the notation that must be used by AS and A level mathematics and further mathematics specifications. Students will be expected to understand this notation without need for further explanation. Individual examination boards also have further guidance on vocabulary and notation.
- AQA A Level Maths AQA AS Maths AQA Further Maths
AQA Assessment Resources (note additional AQA page)
- OCR Maths & Further Maths
- OCR MEI Maths OCR MEI Further Maths
- OCR (MEI) for supporting information and videos on the new specification.
- note additional OCR & OCR MEI pages)
From the Further Maths Support Programme you can compare the Further Mathematics specification structures from the different examination boards.
Separate pages are available for each examination boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR and OCR(MEI). However with common content for A Level Mathematics specifications you will find some very valuable resources from all the examination boards.
February 2017: Ofqual Blog on A Levels and GCSEs:
Grade Boundaries: the problems with predictions
MEI’s YouTube Channel includes very helpful videos.
Further references and reading
From the Further Mathematics Support Programme:
2017 A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
Note the link to the very helpful document on changes to AS/A Level Mathematics & Further Mathematics.
Also from MEI – look at this excellent scheme of work for the new specification. Each of the 43 units is based on a topic and includes a commentary of the underlying mathematics, a sample resource, a use of technology, links with other topics, common errors, opportunities for proof and questions to promote mathematical thinking. The scheme of work is freely available and as we have common content for all examination boards is very helpful whchever board you use.
From Edexcel, these schemes of work are very clear indeed. For each unit of work you will find Specification References, Prior Knowledge including GCSE Specification References and Key Words. For each sub-unit you will find Objectives, Teaching Points, Opportunities for Reasoning / Problem Solving, Common Misconceptions / Examiner Report Quotes.
GCE Subject Level Guidance from DfE, this guidance is intended to help awarding organisations understand how to comply with the GCE subject-level conditions and requirements for mathematics. The guidance includes further information on the use of Technology and large Data sets.
AQA Resources including a very useful Specification Summary. AQA have several very clear resources, see: Planning Teaching and Assessment which includes the Specimen Papers and mark schemes.
Edexcel Specification & Sample Assessment Materials note the inclusion of a data set for AS and A Level.
From OCR, specifications, specimen papers and other resources can all be downloaded here.
Note the option to download a zip file with the specifications and sample assessment materials.
The A level mathematics working group report is a very valuable document the report is on Mathematical Problem Solving, Modelling and the Use of Large Data Sets in Statistics in AS/A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.