UPmaths Level Advice
Here is information about the UPmaths levels UP1, UP2, UP3 and UP4.
Here is a link back to the UPmaths homepage which is designed to be a great place to quickly find help with all aspects of mathematics.
- UP1 is "Core Skills". This covers building blocks for everyone. Revisit your core skills regularly whatever level you are studying. Appropriate from about the age of 6 upwards. In the UK Key Stage 1 onwards.
- UP2 is "Growing Skills". These build on the core skills. Important from approximately the age of 10 upwards. In the UK Key Stage 3 onwards.
- UP3 is "Advanced Skills". These are suitable if you are aiming for a mark in the top half of the year when you leave school. These are also important basic skills if you are continuing with Maths beyond approximately the age of 16 on a more advanced course. In the UK GCSE Higher, iGCSE and AS-Level.
- UP4 is "Elite Maths". Suitable if you are studying beyond the age of approximately 16 on a more advanced course. In the UK the second year of A-Level.
- Entrance Exams are generally equivalent to level UP2. Although in theory you are about to enter secondary school they often expect you to be familiar with concepts that are quite advanced for your age. If you are trying for a scholarship then elements of level UP3 can also be important.
- GCSE Foundation is generally at level UP2. If you are confident with the UPmaths material at level UP2 you are well set to get a good grade.
- GCSE Higher is generally at level UP3. If you are confident with the UPmaths material at level UP3 you are well set to get a good grade. If you are trying for an A* I do not think it is necessary to look at level UP4, instead just be really solid at level UP3.
- AS Level (C1 and C2) is set at level UP3. Yes this is the same as GCSE Higher! The two are actually very similar in many of the basic requirements for algebra. Mainly the syllabus changes with less topics and an emphasis on making more of the questions require algebraic working: including the introduction of additional algebraic techniques such as differentiation, integration, sequence/series formulae and binomial expansion.
- A Level (C3 and C4) is set at level UP4. There is a significant jump in the second year of A-Level with more advanced algebra appearing.