For some, moving from GCSE to A-Level mathematics can be a daunting prospect. It is often advised that pupils refresh their knowledge during the summer leading up to A-Levels.  Revisiting the more challenging aspects of the GCSE course can act as a prompt and reminder and is worthy preparation for A-Level maths.

Repetition and revision can give candidates an all-important foundation from which to build their knowledge prior to an A-level maths course.

There are various examination boards/awarding bodies offering AS and A-Level mathematics namely AQA, CAIEEdexcelOCR,WJEC.  Most of the larger examination boards are overseen by the Joint Council for Qualifications(JCQ).  JCQ is a  membership organisation which approves specifications and ensures that all qualifications with the same title are of comparable standard and difficulty.

Obviously, one exam paper cannot be precisely comparable to that of another awarding bodies.  As such, “small fluctuations are accommodated by varying grade boundaries”, as discussed by Ofqual’s Michelle Meadows:

The following pages will guide you to Exam Board specific publications and maths resources to aid your studies.  It  is important to learn, revise and test yourself during any self study.  It is also important to engage the help of a subject expert along the way, for help and guidance.  Why not visit the Macclesfield Tutorial College website to see a range of packages and support; from the start of your learning journey through to examinations and results days.

Below we have listed some general publications to get you started with your A-Level mathematics.  Your next steps start here.  Best of luck!

A-Level Maths Books

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