2017 Mathematics AS/A level Specification Changes

What's happening and how can MEI help you?

This information on this webpage is impartial and is relevant for the 2017 specifications from all awarding organisations.



What's changing?

New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. The changes include:

  • New linear structure: AS will be decoupled from A level, and all assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A level.
  • New emphasis: There will be more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology to permeate teaching and learning.
  • New content: The content of AS and A level Mathematics will be fixed. It will include pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large data sets) - see our comparison and summary. There will be some choice in content for AS and A level Further Mathematics.

When is it happening and how will it affect you?

This timeline lists the key milestones in the process and suggests what you need to consider at each stage.

What support are you looking for?

This diagram suggests sources of information and professional development to suit your needs.

MEI is developing a package of support for the new AS/A levels, including:

  • Staying informed: Keep an eye on this webpage. You can also register for free to receive our updates.
  • Professional Development: We will be offering a programme of CPD courses to support you through the transition.
  • Scheme of Work:We are drafting a suggested Scheme of Work (view sample). It is intended for use with any of the specifications, and it will be editable so that you can adapt it. The full version will be available to participants on our CPD courses from July and made freely available from the Spring.
  • Teaching and Learning resources: We are developing our Integral online resources to support all of the new specifications for AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. We are also adding new features to support classroom and independent study. More information about the new version of Integral.
    As well as access to Integral for the current specifications, 2016/17 subscribers will get access to the new 2017 site from later this year and will be able to see content as it is added. You can now preview some sections of the 2017 site:


  • Advice: We have put together a list of FAQs about the changes. If you can't find what you are looking for, email Stella Dudzic, MEI's Programme Leader for Curriculum.
  • Opportunities to discuss the issues: MEI's annual conference 2016 will have a particular focus on the new A levels. In addition to sessions on various aspects of the changes, there will be plenty of opportunities to talk through any concerns with fellow teachers and MEI staff.

MEI is designing its own specifications for these qualifications - the OCR(MEI) specifications. MEI will provide additional support for centres adopting these specifications. For clarity, each course and resource will be tagged a symbol that show whether is relevant for all of the specifications, or just for the OCR(MEI) specification.

Specifications

You can find out more about the awarding organisations' new specifications and the support they intend to provide at the links below:

Eduqas has confirmed that they do not intend to develop new mathematics AS/A level specifications.