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Advanced GCE in Mathematics at Ash Green School

Course description

The MEI exam syllabus develops a full and in-depth understanding of mathematics and is the only exam board which structures the first module (C1) as a bridging unit to ease the transition from GCSE to Advanced Level studies.

Course content

You will cover 6 units of modules of advanced mathematics which include:

Year 12: 

  • C 1 - Core Pure Maths
  • C 2 - Core Pure Maths 
  • D1 - Decisions

Year 13: 

  • C 3 - Core Pure Maths 
  • C 4 - Core Pure Maths
  • M1 - Mechanics

Core Pure Maths

The core component of the maths A Level is focused on pure mathematics. Pure mathematics is the creation, development and exploration of the form and knowledge of mathematics itself, paying considerable attention to the investigation and description of fundamental patterns and structure. Pure Mathematics introduces the student to the methods of modern mathematics, with its traditions of rigorous, logical argument and precise techniques of calculation. They also build a firm foundation in algebra and analysis and gain significant exposure to the major subdivisions of pure mathematics.

Decisions & Mechanics

Decision (D1) and Mechanics (M1) are both branches of applied maths. Decision maths is the contextualised study of algorithms and path analysis. The content for the module includes investigating linear programming, route inspection and critical path analysis. Decision maths has a huge role in improving efficiency in real world problems. This links well with Business Studies Mechanics is the study of particles and their motion. Primarily focused on the Newtonian laws of motion, this course investigates motion and energies of moving bodies under gravity. This module is a real insight into how and why things work and allows a look inside the mathematics governing the world we live in. This overlaps with Physics.

Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.


  • C1 and C2 written examinations (72 marks each)
  • C3 written examination (72 marks) + Coursework (18 marks)
  • C4 written examination (72 marks) + Comprehension paper (18 marks)
  • D1 and M1 written examinations (72 marks each)

Further information

What skills will I develop?

A broad and in-depth mathematical knowledge and a capacity to solve problems and apply your skills to a range of further avenues of study or career paths.

Why might this course be for me?

If you enjoy maths, are good at it and consider studying maths at degree level then this is an obvious choice. However, maths is also a good grounding for a future in areas such as finance, sciences, teaching, engineering, ICT and medicine. Maths demonstrates an ability to think clearly and logically and is highly valued by employers. If you are studying A-level sciences maths is an ideal partner but maths will also compliment other A-Level subjects and provide you with a breadth of skills and make you attractive to future employers. Advanced GCE in Mathematics Board: OCR (MEI) Qualification: Advanced Level GCE in Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ash Green School directly.

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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  • Start date: Next September