Maths is the most popular A Level taken in schools today so it’s vital that the new qualifications work for both teachers and students. We are developing two new distinct suites for AS and A Level Maths and Further Maths, OCR A and OCR B (MEI), so that teachers can choose the approach that suits them and their students.
In this blog, I will explain some of the overarching features of the new qualifications and outline the support on offer to help teachers move to and deliver them effectively.
In 2017, the spotlight of A Level reform in England is on Mathematics and Further Mathematics. There will be new specifications for AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, for first teaching from September 2017.
The level of demand of the new reformed qualifications is the same as the existing Maths and Further Maths qualifications.
The first assessments for AS Level Mathematics, A Level Mathematics and AS Level Further Mathematics will be in June 2018. The first assessments for A Level Further Mathematics will be June 2019.
At OCR, our aim is to develop coherent mathematics specifications (subject content, assessment and support) that help to develop mathematically informed learners of all abilities.
We provide for learners with a wide range of destinations, requiring the development of logical and critical thinking as well as subject specific knowledge to support further study or application in the workplace.
And our approach is evidence-led and research-based.
Throughout the development of our new OCR specifications, we have involved the Maths community, working closely with practicing teachers and consulting with lecturers and students from Higher Education.
OCR Mathematics A has been developed to provide students with a coherent course of study to develop mathematical understanding. Students are encouraged to think, act and communicate mathematically, providing them with the skills to analyse situations in mathematics and elsewhere. It is based on our experience of what works well in the classroom, providing clear subject progression and teacher support.
OCR Mathematics B (MEI) has been developed in collaboration with the education charity Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). MEI is a long-established, independent curriculum development body supporting mathematics teaching and learning and are specialists in AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. This qualification has been developed to allow students to develop a deep mathematical understanding that they can draw upon during their studies and throughout their lives.
For more details on the specifications and to look at our Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs) visit: ocr.org.uk/alevelmaths
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Will Hornby - Subject Specialist - Mathematics
Will joined OCR in April 2014 as a Subject Specialist, having worked for OCR as a consultant on GCSE Maths reform and for many years before that as a senior examiner for A Level Mathematics. Will is the Subject Development Lead for AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, with overall responsibility for the development of OCR’s new specifications, and for oversight and quality assurance of the MEI specifications.
Will has worked as a mathematics teacher, then as a private tutor and Open University lecturer. In his spare time he likes to play the Chinese strategy game Go and entertain his young children.