The two most common approaches to teaching Maths and Further Maths are in series or parallel.
Teach the entire Maths content in year 12, followed by the entire Further Maths content in year 13. This is only an option for centres that have a sufficient cohort size to effectively stream post-16 maths classes.
Co-teach Maths and Further Maths across year 12 and year 13. This is the most favoured approach, with the full cohort studying Maths over two years and the Further Maths students having extra classes.
Further Maths and Maths are designed so that they can be taught in parallel, though it needs some careful planning in places. For example, a key issue is that the A Level Further Maths Pure Core has a lot of calculus including 2nd order differential equations; if you leave separation of variables until the end of year 13 in Maths, then your Further Maths students will not see it until after dealing with 2nd order differential equations.
The requirement from the DfE is that at least one pathway through Further Maths can be taught in parallel with Maths.
- For OCR’s Specification A this is true for all pathways since the AS Further Maths options only rely on AS Maths content except in a few small instances. The Further Maths specifications make clear where the stage 1 (AS) content requires assumed knowledge of stage 2 (A Level) content.
- For Specification B (MEI) this is true for nearly all pathways, the exception being pathways at A Level that include both the Further Pure with Technology and Extra Pure options. As in specification A, the Further Maths specifications make clear where the stage 1 (AS) content requires assumed knowledge of stage 2 (A Level) content.
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