The new A Level syllabus has been taught since the Autumn of 2017. There have been three summer sittings of formal exams, being 2019, 2022 & 2023, due to the pandemic.
The major changes; exams at the end of two years for full A Level(AS still an option after one year), 3 exams @ 2hrs each instead of 6 @ 1.5hrs each. Calculators allowed in all papers. Content is more challenging, less step by step guidance and more application of knowledge from the student. For example; To solve 2sinx + cosx = 1, the student will need to apply their knowledge of putting the left hand side in the form Rsin(x + α) rather than being led to do so. An element of the assessment will be in relation to suggested real life models.
Exams will be set as
OCR Pure, Pure & Statistics, Pure & Mechanics.
OCR(MEI) Pure & Mechanics, Pure & Statistics, Pure & Comprehension.
Edexcel Pure 1, Pure 2, Statistics & Mechanics.
AQA Pure, Pure & Mechanics, Pure & Statistics.
For the Statistics syllabus each board has issued a data set. OCR is based on modes of transport to work, Edexcel is based on weather conditions and AQA is also on transport (previously food consumption). OCR(MEI) uses a different data set each year so check this page. It is intended that this data will be used in lessons as a real life example. Similar data will be used in the final exams, so familiarity with it will be advantageous.