A Level Resources

Main Menu – A Level Reform.


From the University of Cambridge comes Underground Mathematics which started in 2012 as the Cambridge Mathematics Education Project (CMEP). The site provides a library of rich resources for age 16+ students with the aim of “Enabling all students to explore the connections that underpin mathematics”. Underground Mathematics is being developed by the University of Cambridge, funded by a grant from the UK Department for Education. The resources are free for all users; you can read more about the team and their philosophy here. Follow Underground Mathematics on Twitter or Facebook.

You will find a growing series of pages here. An introductory post is here and you can view all posts in the category Underground Mathematics.

STEM LearningFrom STEM Learning see the A level resource package
STEM Resources Pure

FMSP A Level Problem Solving Resources
From the Further Maths Support Network

FMSP Problem Solving

FMSP Problem Solving

FMSP Problem Solving

Core 1 and 2 Resources nrich-core-1-2

Post 16 Curriculum

Also from Nrich, see their Prepare for University collection.

From Jonny Griffiths try RISPS (Rich Starting Points), Open-ended investigative activities for the A Level Pure Mathematics classroom. From the home page you can download an Ebook.

Also from Jonny Griffiths his companion sites on Statistics  and Carom-Maths -activities to bridge the gap between A Level and University. You can find a resource collection  from Jonny Griffiths on TES Reources.

Making Statistics Vital has some tasks which could be excellent for the new specification, look at the this task on World Wide Statistics for example which includes the task with answers and a spreadsheet with data for 191 countries. Census at School is an excellent source of data.

Making Statistics Vital

Both MEI’s and Edexcel’s interactive schemes of work include excellent teaching notes which will help teachers decide on appropriate resources to use.

OCR have linked to some new sample MEI resources (Under External Resources). These include some very nice “problem shorts” and also the use of technology to analyse large data sets.
MEI Sample Resources

From MEI this curriculum mapping for their Maths Items of the month resources is a great resource.
MEI Implicit Eqn of line

OCR A Level Check In Test

OCR A Level Check In Test

I do like OCR’s check in tests for GCSE and I see a small number of check in tests and lesson elements on the A Level subject pages; I assume this collection will grow.
A Level Maths                 A Level MEI Maths
A Level Further Maths       A Level MEI Further Maths

From MEI, see this short video presentation on the new specification including the new work on large data sets.

edexcel-emporiumSign up to Edexcel’s Mathematics Emporium for some excellent resources; some of those old A Level papers could be rather useful I suspect.

Maths Challenge questions are an excellent resource at any time – not just for preparation for the competitions, particularly with the increased requirement for problem solving skills at all levels. It is possible to access Maths Challenge questions by topic for Junior, Intermediate and Senior from Dr Frosts’s wonderful website full of outstanding resources.




Very conveniently it is possible to download zip files of questions by topic.

The A level mathematics working group report is a very valuable document and one I referred to in a presentation on GCSE Problem Solving – I do believe we should always look both backwards and forwards to inform our teaching; where have our students been and where are they going? I have also created a new version of the problem solving presentation: Problem Solving 16:19.

Royal Statistical Society Problem SolvingEduqas will not be offering AS / A Level Mathematics specifications, but note their Level 3 Statistical Problem Solving Using Software. See also  the International Centre for Statistical Education (ICSE) with Plymouth University and you can follow @IntCSE on Twitter. It may be that some of the resources here will be useful for our teaching of Statistics.

Educas state: “The objective of this qualification is to assist the understanding of the problem-solving cycle of planning, collecting, processing and discussing in meaningful contexts and to use statistical software to process real data sets. It has been specifically designed to be taught in schools and colleges to equip learners aged 16-19 with a broad range of skills empowering them to successfully negotiate statistical problems in Higher Education or the world of work.”

This discovery led me to a treasure trove of resources from Educas for Mathematics at all levels, including GCSE – this definitely needs further exploration!