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Entry requirement for A level maths

Created on 15 November 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 November 2017 by ncetm_administrator

Entry requirement for A level maths

What GCSE grade should entitle a student to get on an A level maths course? The NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp, is challenged by two secondary maths teachers to defend his assertion that a Grade 5 at GCSE is good enough.

Show notes:

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Charlie Stripp (NCETM Director): Read his blog on post-16 maths.
  • Jemma Sherwood: head of maths, and an SLE, at a secondary school in Worcestershire. Read her The World is Maths. Twitter: @jemmaths.
  • Rob Beckett: maths teacher at a mixed secondary school, with a sixth form, in London. Twitter: @RBeckett_YD.
  • Carol Knights (NCETM Secondary Director)
  • Steve McCormack (NCETM Communications Director)



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17 November 2017 11:50
Many thanks to the contributors for this interesting debate.

The new much improved linear model of assessment does not lend itself to students with a 5 "giving A level maths a go to see if they can succeed" Parents of these students should be wary of their child starting on a course where external evidence of likely success is hard to come by. Encouraging a student with a 5 in maths goes too far but having it as an option may not - especially if a one yr AS maths qualification is available.

I was disappointed that reference to Core maths was not explored further especially with its entry requirement of a 4+ at higher of foundation. Its emphasis on problem solving is a major strength and could be more beneficial than the use of calculus to some students as they progress into the world.

Colin Prestwich Exec Head of Maths Harrogate Grammar School
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