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Specification: OCR (MEI)


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Mathematics 6 or above


Subject description

Mathematics is a uniquely exciting, powerful, rewarding and challenging subject. You will study many new areas of Mathematics as well as explore some familiar topics in a great deal more depth.  You will develop your powers of analysis and your ability to deal with abstract concepts such as mathematical proof.  The content of A Level Mathematics B (MEI) is listed below under four areas:

  1. Mathematical processes, consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem-solving and mathematical modelling.
  2. Pure mathematics includes proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors.
  3. Mechanics includes kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments.
  4. Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using binomial and normal distributions as models and statistical hypothesis testing.


How the course is assessed

There will be three examination papers at the end of the course to assess all the content:

  1. Pure Mathematics and Mechanics, a two-hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and mechanics.
  2. Pure Mathematics and Statistics, a two-hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and statistics.
  3. Pure Mathematics and Comprehension, a two-hour paper assessing mathematical processes and pure mathematics.


Post-18 opportunities

Recent research showed that graduates with A Level Maths earned, on average, 10% more than those without. Mathematics is essential if you wish to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physical Sciences at degree level.  It is considered valuable as a supporting subject to many varied degree courses such as Geography, Law, Computing, Economics, Biology and Medicine.  It is an impressive A Level to be able to put on any application form.


Teacher responsible:  Mr A Gemmell