Supporting students' transition to level 3 study

The AMSP aims to increase the number of students studying AS/A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and level 3 Core Maths. The transition from GCSE is often challenging for some students. The disruption over the last 12 months means it is even more important to provide extra support so that Key Stage 4 students feel confident in their understanding of maths and are well prepared for further study post-16. The AMSP has resources to support them through the transition to level 3 study and help teachers to promote the continued study of maths.

Supporting students' transition to A level maths

The AMSP has two resources to help students to consolidate the skills and topics learned at GCSE in preparation for A level study.

Essential Skills materials

Who is this support for?

Year 11 students who intend to study maths at A level.

What is it?

Six sets of resources, each focused on consolidating an essential cross-topic skill from Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics. Each set of resources contains basic skills checks, problems to explore and enrichment and extension activities.

How is it designed to be used?

Originally the resources were designed for students to work through independently as part of a consolidation programme when they were not able to attend school. Alternatively, you can now direct the use of these resources with your students. Printable offline versions are now also available.

How do we access it?

You can access the resources and teacher notes here:

Resources Teacher guidance

Transition to A level Mathematics course

Who is this support for?

Year 11 students in preparation for studying A level Mathematics. New Year 12 students at the beginning of their A level Mathematics course.

What is it?

A free, online, interactive course that aims to give students the confidence that they are ready to start A level Mathematics. The course covers the topics that are of most value at the beginning of the A level course and aims to improve understanding – not just fluency with skills – by delving deeper into GCSE content.

How is it designed to be used?

The course is designed for students to work through by themselves without input from a teacher over the summer between Years 11 and 12. Students can continue to access the resources and work through the topics to support them at the start of Year 12. Each of the seven topics is structured in the following way:

  • Chapters containing videos and activities
  • An assessment – scores will appear on a certificate of completion
  • Going deeper – optional material to give students a head start at A level

How do we access it?

This course is hosted in Integral and requires an individual login to gain access and allow progress to be tracked.

There are two ways to get access:

  1. Teachers can sign up their students by completing this simple formOpens a new window.
  2. Students can registerOpens a new window for free access themselves, if they are not signed up by a school or college.

Teachers in AMSP-registered schools/colleges can also access the course (and view its content) using the school/college's shared Integral account. If your school/college is not registered with the AMSP yet, you can register now for free.

Which course is right for me and my students?

The Essential Skills materials have an emphasis on the algebraic fluency that is needed at A level. They look and feel very familiar for GCSE students and so could be used immediately. We recommend that they are used over the next few months.

The Transition to A level Mathematics course looks at GCSE Mathematics from an A level perspective. It starts with some fundamental ideas met quite early in GCSE Mathematics; then, through developing a deep understanding of the topics covered, it leads students on to gain a real insight into how these topics are developed at A level.

You can also read what teachers have to say about the resources and how they have successfully used them.

Supporting students' transition to Core Maths and other post-16 courses

The mathematical content of post-16 courses can prove challenging to many students. Sometimes this is due to the applied nature of the mathematical content of such courses. The AMSP has produced a Core Maths Skills course to provide a good foundation for students planning to take a level 3 Core Maths qualification that will also help bridge the gap between GCSE Mathematics and post-16 courses.

Core Maths Skills course

Who is this support for?

Year 11 students who are predicted a good pass or better in GCSE Mathematics, and who are intending to study A level subjects such as Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business; level 3 vocational courses; and/or level 3 Core Maths. The course will also support new Year 12 students during the first two terms of their courses.

What is it?

A free online course, designed to help students revise the maths skills they will need for their level 3 studies. The course includes full solutions to all questions and automatically marked online tests.

How is it designed to be used?

We've produced a short video to explain more:

How do we access it?

This course is hosted in Integral and requires an individual login to gain access and allow progress to be tracked.

There are two ways to get access:

  1. Teachers can sign up their students by completing this simple formOpens a new window.
  2. Students can registerOpens a new window for free access themselves, if they are not signed up by a school or college.

Teachers in AMSP-registered schools/colleges can also access the course (and view its content) using the school/college's shared Integral account. If your school/college is not registered with the AMSP yet, you can register now for free.

Engaging students with level 3 maths

The AMSP has developed a series of 6 taster sessions, two each for Core Maths, A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics. The sessions consist of a short introductory video followed by a Desmos activity for students to try, either in class or when studying remotely. Editable versions for teacher use can be found in this Level 3 Maths Taster sessions collection on Desmos. The videos are embedded within the teacher versions and they are fully editable for you to use as you wish.

Professional development

The courses highlighted below each contain a focus on helping teachers prepare to support their students through the transition to post-16 maths. All of our professional development opportunities have been adapted for online participation.

Higher GCSE topics through mathematical thinking

This course develops strategies and ideas for taking a higher tier topic and extending it, exploring the connections which deepen understanding and develop fluency, and which can be used immediately in the classroom.

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A level Pure Mathematics: an introduction for new teachers

A one-off online PD event is aimed at teachers who are new to offering the AS pure element of the A level Mathematics course and those who are seeking to refresh their approach in this context.

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AS Maths: Pure Absolute Beginners

An opportunity to access expert tuition for the AS and A level pure maths content, along with ideas for delivering material in an active and engaging way.

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Key Stage 5 Coordinator development

A chance for aspiring or current KS5 Coordinators to share and discuss relevant ideas, resources and concepts and look at how this role is developing in the current climate of change.

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Preparing to teach A level Mathematics

A sustained professional development course exploring the underlying principles of effective A level Mathematics teaching.

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Details of all of our professional development courses are available on our Events listing.

You might also be interested in Teacher Network meetings organised by our local Area Coordinators, which focus on sharing good practice, professional development and promoting developments in teaching and learning.