OCR Core Maths A and B (MEI)

Created to support students and teachers through the OCR Core Maths (MEI) courses and designed to create confident mathematicians able to apply their learning to a wide range of situations.

  • Written in conjunction with the MEI team to ensure the best support we can offer.
  • Endorsed by OCR offering high quality support you can trust.
  • Covers all components from both specifications: Introduction to quantitative reasoning , Critical maths and Statistical problem solving.
  • The innovative approach places learning in context throughout and focuses on learning through practice with a large number of questions, exercises and activities.
  • Real-world examples are used to give students opportunities to apply their learning to different settings including other subjects, everyday life and the workplace.

The contents list for this book is available on the Resources and Downloads tab

Core Maths is ideal for students taking a wide range of Level 3 subjects such as business and economics, PE and sport, health and social care, design and technology, engineering, psychology, geography, sociology and science subjects. For more information on the OCR Core Maths qualification, visit OCR’s website.

Ruth Wroe, Maths Subject Adviser at OCR, asked the authors about the thinking behind this new book and how it will appeal to students and teachers alike. Below is an extract from Ruth’s blog:

Sophie Goldie“In Core Maths every topic has a real-life application so that students are able to see how they will be able to use the mathematics they are learning in their future careers. Every section of the book has a really engaging activity for students to think about and discuss, and these activities really set the tone of the book. The book relates maths to other subjects that a student may be studying such as geography, business studies or psychology. There are clear worked examples with callouts that provide extra support, and short exercises on each section so there are plenty of opportunities for students to practise their new skills.”

Roger Porkess: “I’ve always been committed to making maths accessible to people who need it in their other subjects, their everyday lives and in the workplace. The book is designed to motivate students who have little underlying interest in mathematics. It will encourage a way of thinking that sees applying maths to any situation as an entirely natural thing to do.”

Stella Dudzic: “For students studying independently… the book has been written so that students can work through it from start to finish to develop their understanding and skills. The sections relevant to each of the Core Maths papers are clearly indicated so students can use the book for revision as well as for initial learning. For teachers…there are lots of ways to use the book. There are activities throughout the book to introduce new concepts. Teachers may find these useful as lesson starters and there are also questions for students to test their understanding. Some teachers might use the activities to introduce new topics, others might want the questions to give their students practice.” 

You can read Ruth’s full blog on the OCR website.

MEI has produced a teacher companion to this textbook, providing additional questions and worked solutions. Details of how to access this companion are available on the MEI website.’

OCR Advanced FSMQ Additional Mathematics – Student Book

The OCR endorsed textbook is an excellent step-by-step approach to Advanced FSMQ Additional Maths (2002 specification) and covers the majority of the content for the 2018 specification, helping students make the transition to A Level. Plenty of examples, practice questions and advice on exam skills help prepare students to succeed.

  • Key formulae are clearly highlighted.
  • Extra notes add clarity to explanations.
  • ‘Tips’ give useful extra advice.
  • ‘Take Note!’ comments help students avoid potential pitfalls.
  • ‘Progress Checks’ help check students’ understanding before they move on.
  • ‘Topic summaries’ offer a clear and simple overview of key formulae and points of learning.
  • ‘Test Yourself’ and Exam Practice sections provide plenty of practice for  students.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Drama – Student Book

This Student Book is written by experienced teacher and author Annie Fox and endorsed by OCR offering high quality support you can trust.

  • Colourful, highly visual and accessible approach with practical activities throughout to engage students of all abilities.
  • Contains detailed analysis and description of all set plays.
  • Includes many contemporary examples of drama writing, staging, performance and interpretation allowing students to explore key skills in an appropriate context.
  • Key drama terminology is identified and defined throughout.

OCR Psychology for A Level & AS Revision Guide

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Covering the A Level and AS, this portable-sized guide is ideal for consolidating knowledge both at home for revision, and at school as a lesson-by-lesson summary as the course progresses.

  • Every AS and A Level core/key study covered on one concise spread.
  • Evaluation points provided for the methodological issues on each study.
  • Links are made to areas, debates, perspectives and applications.
  • Covers research methods and mathematical skills.
  • Exam skills and techniques are reinforced with a dedicated section of advice and guidance.
  • Invaluable exam tips are provided throughout.
  • Exam-style questions provide plenty of exam practice.

Answers to the Exam-style questions in the book are available to download on the Resources and Downloads tab.

OCR GCSE (9-1) PE Analysing and Evaluating Performance – Student Companion

A comprehensive step-by-step guide for teachers and students on how to plan and complete an Analysis and Evaluation of Student Performance as part of the OCR GCSE PE course. It can be used to both plan delivery and to support independent work by students throughout the course.

  • Written by experienced PE teachers and examiners.
  • Includes all the information needed to develop a successful piece of coursework for the Non-Examined Assessment component of the GCSE.
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions provided for each task along with comprehensive examples.
  • ‘Revisit, reflect, revise’ feature encourages students to look back and evaluate their work throughout.
  • Exam-style questions relate to both practical tasks and PE theory.
  • Approved activity lists, answers to exam questions and sample PAR-Q form are also provided as part of a comprehensive Appendix.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Physical Education – Student Book

Written by an experienced PE teacher and author, this resource is designed to be highly visual, accessible, and practical.

  • Presented in a ‘Knowledge organiser’ format to a give clear and concise overview of the key content.
  • Provides a student-friendly checklist of the specification content being covered in each chapter.
  • Tips and ideas to remember key information, ‘application of knowledge’ activities and ‘extend your knowledge’ tasks help prepare for assessment.
  • Includes a chapter devoted to exam preparation with support for *6 mark extended answer ‘synoptic’ questions and data analysis advice.
  • Provides a dedicated section on how to approach the NEA, including AEP advice.
  • Includes the most recent 2019 data on participation, events and the world of sport, plus insight from teachers and examiners reports from the first two years of this new specification.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Physical Education – Teacher Support Digital Bundle

Designed to accompany the OCR GCSE Physical Education (9-1) Student Book, this bank of online resources will provide teachers with plenty of opportunities to support and reinforce learning and help students assess their progress as they work through the course.

Ideal for homework, extra practice or for use in class it provides:

  • Printable checklists of the OCR specification covered in each component/topic for students to check their progress
  • Differentiated ‘Knowledge organiser’ worksheets at three levels to give students of varying ability the opportunity to test their understanding
  • Practice question papers for each topic to use as class tests or homework
  •  Full mark schemes available for self and peer assessment, including the 6-mark extended answer questions.

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OCR Geology for A Level & AS – Student Book

Endorsed by OCR, this inspiring Student Book supports the A and AS Level Geology specifications and provides a thorough explanation of the geological knowledge required for any study of the subject at this level.

  • Written by experienced Geology authors and teachers, this resource has an engaging visual style and tone which supports and motivate students through the course and help them prepare thoroughly for their assessments.
  • Case studies and key term definitions help students connect theory and reality, allowing application of their understanding of earth science to the demands of the examination.
  • Highly illustrated with large, clear diagrams and a wide range of geological photographs to illustrate the key information and engage students with the content.
  • Contains support for the mathematics component of the OCR course throughout to help students develop their maths skills.
  • Includes practice questions with answers to test students’ knowledge and help introduce them to the assessment criteria.

OCR Psychology for A Level – Book 1

Using the unique Illuminate approach to OCR Psychology, Book 1 and 2 cover the whole A Level specification. 

Written by Cara Flanagan and a team of highly experienced authors, teachers and examiners, both Student Books are endorsed by OCR, offering high-quality support you can trust.

Book 1 covers AS Level and covers research methods and all 20 core studies.

  • Includes the full range of areas, perspectives, debates and methodological issues.
  • Follows the spread-by-spread approach so that learning can be broken down into week-by-week topics.
  • Retains the popular ‘nutshell’ presentation of each core study to enable students to grasp the study quickly and provides the perfect basis for revision, followed by a full version closely following the article, then finishing with an evaluation of the core study and self assessment questions.
  • The content of each spread is specifically tailored to exam requirements.
  • Designed to motivate students of all abilities with a stunning visual style your students will love.
  • Plenty of practical ideas and activities are included for class and homework exercises.
  • Assessment support includes guidance on the practical application questions, self-assessment and plenty of practice questions.
  • Exam preparation is supported across the book with advice and practice for practical application and core studies questions with example questions, student answers with teacher comments.

OCR Psychology for A Level – Book 2

Using the unique Illuminate approach to OCR Psychology, Books 1 and 2 cover the whole A Level specification. 

Written by Cara Flanagan and a team of highly experienced authors, teachers and examiners, both Student Books are endorsed by OCR, offering high-quality support you can trust.

Book 2 covers issues in mental health and all four of the applied psychology options.

  • Each topic is divided into four spreads: ‘Background’, ‘Key research’, ‘Linking it together’ and ‘Application’.
  • Each spread contains self-assessment questions to allow students to check their understanding as they progress through the course and the content of each spread is specifically tailored to exam requirements.
  • Designed to motivate students of all abilities with a stunning visual style that students will love.
  • Plenty of practical ideas and activities are included for class and homework exercises.
  • Exam preparation is supported across the book with advice and practice for practical application and core studies questions with example questions, student answers with teacher comments.