As far as content is concerned, the jump in difficulty between GCSE and A level is more gentle than many other subjects. Much of the first (Edexcel) core maths module revisits the more challenging aspects of GCSE Maths. The complexity of problem solving required, however, increases substantially and rapidly. It is this, together with a much greater use of mathematical language and terminology, which seems to pose the greatest difficulties, even for more able students.
A range of modules, selected by the school, are available at A level. I currently teach the following modules (Edexcel):
- C1 to C4 Pure Maths
- S1 Statistics
- M1 Mechanics