CAIE AS and A Level Maths Assessment 2018 / 2019 (9709)

The assessment of the CAIE A Level Maths is based on options from 7 written papers that are outlined below.

Students must take 2 units for the AS Level qualification or 4 units for the full A Level qualification.

Three units are Pure Mathematics papers (P1, P2 and P3)

Two units are Mechanics papers (M1 and M2)

Two units are Probability and Statistics papers (S1 and S2)

The following table highlights which units are compulsory and which combinations of optional units are available.

Certification titleCompulsory unitsOptional units
Cambridge International AS Level MathematicsPaper 1 (60%)Paper 3 (40%)
or
Paper 4 (40%)
Cambridge International A Level MathematicsPaper 1 (30%)
and
Paper 2 (30%)
and
Paper 3 (20%)
and
Paper 4 (20%)

The following combinations of units are possible:

CAIE AS Level:  

P1 and P2

P1 and M1

P1 and S1

CAIE A Level

P1, P3, M1 and S1

P1, P3, M1 and M2

P1, P3, S1 and S2

P1 for AS Level

Paper 1 will count for 60% of the overall AS Level grade and will be 1 hour 45 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 75 marks made up from around 10 longer and shorter questions.

P1 for A Level

For A Level, Paper 1 will count for 30% of the overall A Level grade and will be 1 hour 45 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 75 marks made up from around 10 longer and shorter questions.

P2 for AS Level

Paper 2 will count for 40% of the overall AS Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

P3 for A Level

Paper 3 will count for 30% of the overall A Level grade and will be 1 hour 45 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 75 marks made up from around 10 longer and shorter questions.

M1 for AS Level

Paper 4 will count for 40% of the overall AS Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

M1 at A Level

Paper 4 will count for 20% of the overall A Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

M2 for A Level

Paper 5 will count for 20% of the overall A Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

S1 for AS Level

Paper 6 will count for 40% of the overall AS Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

S1 at A Level

Paper 6 will count for 20% of the overall A Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

S2 for A Level

Paper 7 will count for 20% of the overall A Level grade and will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. There are a possible total of 50 marks made up from around 7 longer and shorter questions.

For the full CAIE A Level qualification students can take the examination papers for all four units in one session, or students can take two of them (P1 and M1 or P1 and S1) during an earlier examination series for an AS qualification and then take the further 2 units later.

Students should not be taking P2 if they intend to do the full A Level qualification, as the AS Level combination of units P1 and P2 cannot be used as the first half of the full A Level qualification.

CAIE AS and A Level Maths Books

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CAIE A Level and AS Maths Assessment 2020 - 2022

Students are advised that from 2020, Cambridge Assessment International AS and A Level Mathematics will have new routes, as follows:

AS Level: 

The Cambridge Assessment International AS Level Mathematics qualification offers three different options:

Pure Mathematics Only

or

Pure Mathematics and Mechanics

or

Pure Mathematics and Probability & Statistics

A Level:

The Cambridge Assessment International A Level Mathematics qualification offers two different options:

Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Probability & Statistics

or

Pure Mathematics and Probability and Statistics only

Please visit Cambridge Maths 2020 – 2022 for updates as to the future specification.

The following publications will support the newer specification and are available from march 2018: