I offer 1-1 private tuition for the current and new AS and A Level maths specifications examined for the first time in 2018 and 2019.
Whether a top grade is required to study a STEM subject at university, or a good grade is needed to enter the jobs market, I can help.
The new AS/A Level Qualification
There is a particularly big jump in academic rigour that occurs between GCSE and AS/A Level maths. Even students who do exceptionally well at GCSE, can find the change difficult - especially in the first year.
A Level maths introduces a lot of new concepts not covered at GCSE, and also requires a mastery of algebra and other techniques which are fairly elementary up to year 11. The new 9-1 GCSE higher tier addresses these problems and will enable the 2017/18 (and subsequent) cohorts of maths students an easier transition.
As with most A Levels, the expectation is for students to understand the material they are studying in much more depth, and to adopt self directed study, perhaps for the first time.
For 2017, the specification for AS and A Level maths have both changed. A summary of the changes are:
Although the changes for A Level maths are not as dramatic as those for GCSE, they are still quite significant. The introduction of the modular system in the past made the subject more accessible for some students, and so multiple retakes of specific modules are no longer possible.
Some teachers believe this change is better, as more time can be focused on teaching rather than constantly preparing for exams, whereas others feel the modular system was better as terminal exams considerably raises the stakes (everyone can have a bad day!).
Some teachers feel the change to a linear system is hard to justify when considering the fact that most university courses in the UK are themselves modular.
Here is an example of a new A Level maths paper: