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The WJEC A Level Specification changed in 2017. Use our resources to boost your chances of exam success.
A LEVEL MATHS: What YOU NEED TO KNOW
The WJEC Maths A level specification changed for teaching from September 2017 and it is important that you understand the structure of your course.
Your A level is divided into four units. The first two units are AS units and are studied in year 12. Units 3 and 4 are then studied in year 13. (If you are doing Maths and Further Maths you may well do all of this in Year 12.)
- Unit 1: Pure Mathematics, 2 hours 30 minutes, 25% of the qualification, 120 marks
- Unit 2: Applied Mathematics A, 1 hour 45 minutes, 15% of the qualification, 75 marks (Section A is Statistics 40 marks and Section B is Mechanics 35 marks)
- Unit 3: Pure Mathematics B, 2 hours 30 minutes, 35% of the qualification, 120 marks
- Unit 4: Applied Mathematics B, 1 hour 45 minutes, 25% of the qualification, 80 marks (Section A is Statistics 40 marks and Section B is Mechanics 40 marks)
Calculators are allowed in all of the exams.
In each of the four units you need to be prepared for a variety of styles of questions: long and short; structured and unstructured and questions that assess your understanding of two or more topics at once.
The first Unit 1 and Unit 2 exam took place in the summer of 2018 but that will not be available to students for a while as your teachers will probably use it for your mock exams. Instead take a look at the sample assessment material that is available on the WJEC website here.
This will help you know what to expect. Look at the length of the exams, the number of marks available and how long you have to complete each exam. Try and work out how long you have to spend on each question by looking at how many marks it is worth. For instance in Unit 1 you have 150 minutes to attempt 120 marks worth of question. So, allocating 5 minutes per 4 marks is about right. Obviously, this is only a rough guide as you will be quicker on some topics than others but do be mindful as if you find you are still stuck, 10 minutes into a 6 mark question you really must move on.
If you are interested, the Specification is here.