A-level Maths – from the right angle

Monday 13 Jun 2016

AQA has launched its new draft AS and A-level Maths and Further Maths specifications, which represent the biggest changes to the qualifications in a generation.

As part of the new specifications, students will be able to study overarching themes of mathematical arguments, language and proof, problem solving and mathematical modelling, as well as being encouraged to use technology in the classroom. The qualifications will allow students to see the intrinsic links between the different areas of mathematics, and teach them how to apply their mathematical skills across all content areas.

A-level Maths is the biggest of the facilitating subjects (these are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses). It is one of the most important subjects students will study, and essential to so many future destinations. AQA has worked closely with higher education on the development of the new specifications to give students the best progression opportunities.

Aileen MacGregor, Lecturer at the University of Exeter, said:

"AQA's new A-levels offer the best progress opportunities because they provide a broad base for students wishing to go onto any degree programme at university which requires a Mathematics A-level. They also provide opportunities for students to study mathematics because they love the subject, which may help them follow other career paths."

Andrew Taylor, Head of Maths at AQA, said:

"Maths is for everyone, and we design qualifications and support to enable students to engage with, explore, enjoy and succeed in maths. Diverse and engaging, maths is essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination – whatever that may be.

"The specifications are a new direction for AS and A-level Maths. Through testing with students, extensive feedback from teachers and collaboration with assessment experts, higher education and the maths community, we believe this is A-level Maths from the right angle."

The plans for AQA's new AS and A-level Maths and Further Maths specifications, which will be available to teach from September 2017, are being submitted to the regulator Ofqual for accreditation.