Course overview

Core Maths City of Bristol College

The Certificate in Core Maths (MEI) is a Level 3 qualification for students who wish to develop their practical skills beyond GCSE level so that they may apply these in work, study or everyday life.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed to give students essential problem-solving and quantitative skills.

Equal in both weight and UCAS tariff points to an AS Level, they are aimed at students who have not studied AS or A Level Maths previously, but need mathematical skills for future study and employment.

What you'll learn

• You’ll develop a sound understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and techniques from GCSE and beyond

• Fluency in procedural skills, common problem-solving skills and strategies

• Confidence in applying mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in a range of new and unfamiliar contexts to solve real-life problems

• Competency in interpreting and explaining solutions of problems in context

Course entry requirements

Grade 4 (formerly a Grade C) at GCSE mathematics

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Commencing in April 2023 and finishing in June 2024, the course will be delivered in weekly evening sessions of 3 hours’ duration.

There is also an expectation that students will undertake 1-2 hours of additional home study per week. Assessment is via two timed written examination papers, to be taken in June 2024.

Future career and study opportunities

The Core Maths Certificate (MEI) can support your application to study mathematics at degree level. Degrees other than Mathematics can also involve continuing studying maths at a high level; these may include Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Geography.

Employers value maths skills. This qualification can open up opportunities towards higher-level apprenticeships, offering routes into careers that are rich in maths, including accountancy, actuarial science, architecture, engineering and data science.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely that you may need to pay for travel and stationery. 

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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