The FMSP provides support for students by helping them to develop deeper problem-solving skills based on the content they already know. Details of STEP, AEA, MAT and general problem solving courses run by the FMSP can be found in the table at the bottom of this page. You can also look in the regional pages for courses in your area.
The FMSP also produces materials to help students prepare for STEP, AEA and the MAT. Examples of these materials can be found in the A level problem solving section of this website
Descriptions of the STEP, AEA and the MAT papers can be found below. For a full description and the key information, download this Factsheet.
The STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.
The STEP is used by some universities as the basis for conditional offers.
STEP is available to all and there are also a number of candidates who sit the STEP papers as a challenge. STEP papers are an invaluable source of interesting problems.
First examined in June 2002, the AEA in Mathematics aims to challenge able candidates and help differentiate between the most able candidates.
The AEA in Mathematics is accessible to all able mathematics students, whatever the specification they are studying. The examination is based on the specification for A level Mathematics and so it is not necessary to teach any additional content to prepare a student for AEA mathematics.
MEI provides online support for students preparing for the STEP and AEA papers. This support runs from February to June each year. The application process for 2017 will open in December 2016. All details and an application form can be found on the MEI website.
MAT stands for Mathematics Admission Test and was formerly known as the Oxford Entrance Test for Mathematics degrees.
Oxford University and, from September 2013, Imperial College, London require students to take the Mathematics Admissions Test, MAT in addition to their A levels. The MAT is taken in November (of year 13) and the results are used to select candidates to invite for interviews at the universities.
MEI provides online support for students preparing for the STEP and AEA papers. This support runs from September to November each year. The application process for 2016 has now closed. Check back in July 2017 for details of next year's course.
The FMSP funds and organises regular problem solving classes at universities and other venues for both year 12 and year 13 students. Details for these classes appear in the events listings below as well as on the regional pages. The map below shows the locations of the regular problem solving classes.
Please check the table below for details of regular problem solving classes and one-day problem solving conferences.
|Title||Description||Venue||Region||Start date||Info file|
|Year 13 STEP Course||This course aims to develop the mathematical thinking of Year 13 students and is particularly aimed at higher achieving students who are looking to take STEP II or STEP III in the summer.||University of Greenwich||London||03/11/2018||Info|
|Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers||A series of ten 2-hour sessions to help students develop their advanced problem-solving skills. Year 12 sessions will focus on general problem-solving and will be useful to those preparing for MAT, TMUA and STEP exams. Year 13 sessions will focus on preparing for STEP.||Centre for Mathematical Sciences||EE||05/11/2018||Info|
|Year 12 Problem Solving Day||An event for students and teachers wishing to develop their problem-solving skills.||Lancaster University||NW||06/11/2018||Info|
|Year 12 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers.||A session for sixth form students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills. See attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.||Shrewsbury Sixth Form College||WM||06/11/2018||Info|
|Year 12 Problem Solving Workshops||This series of workshop classes is aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. The workshops are open to any students in year 12 who are studying A level Mathematics. They will be suitable for any able students who are likely to consider the STEP papers next year, or any students who simply want to improve their problem solving skills.||University of Leeds||YH||06/11/2018||Info|
|Y12 Problem Solving Classes||A series of weekly mathematics problem-solving sessions taking place on Wednesdays from 3.30pm - 5.30pm at Xaverian College, Manchester. See the attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.||Xaverian College||NW||07/11/2018||Info|
|Maths Problem Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers at University Centre Telford (Southwater)||Year 12 and Year 13 students are invited to join a series of maths problem solving sessions taking place on 12 Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. See the attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.||University Centre Telford||WM||07/11/2018||Info|
|Problem solving classes for year 12 and year 13||Problem solving classes for high achieving students in years 12 and 13. Year 13's will have access to a mock interview (of the kind from top University Departments) and discuss examples from STEP and AEA.||University of York||YH||07/11/2018||Info|
|Year 12 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers.||A session for sixth form students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills. See attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.||Painsley Catholic College||WM||08/11/2018||Info|
|Maths Problem Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers at City Campus, University of Wolverhampton||Year 12 and Year 13 students are invited to join a series of maths problem solving sessions taking place on 12 Saturdays. The sessions offer students the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills by trying out challenging problems. Please see the attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.||City Campus||WM||10/11/2018||Info|
|Year 12 and 13 Problem Solving||An opportunity to engage with a range of activities, challenges and problems. Ideal for any student intending to study a mathematical degree subject or expecting to sit papers such as MAT, STEP and TMUA.||Gosforth Academy||NE||10/11/2018|
|Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers at Keele University||A series of twelve, 2-hour sessions, for any student who is studying A-level mathematics and who enjoys solving challenging problems. Please see the attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.||Keele University||WM||15/11/2018||Info|
|6th Form Problem Solving Workshops 2018/19||This series of workshops is funded by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and supported by the Kent and Medway Maths Hub. It aims to develop the mathematical thinking of all A-level mathematics students and will be particularly beneficial to those students aiming to take MAT, TMUA, STEP or AEA exams.||University of Kent||London||17/11/2018||Info|
|Greenwich Year 12 Problem Solving Course||This course aims to develop the mathematical thinking of Year 12 students and is particularly aimed higher achieving students who are likely to take MAT, TMUA, STEP or AEA exams in Year 13.||University of Greenwich||London||17/11/2018||Info|
|Year 13 Problem Solving Classes||These problem solving workshops are open to any students in year 13 who are studying A level Mathematics. They will be particularly relevant to students intending to sit the STEP or AEA examinations, but are open to any students who want to improve their problem solving skills.||Halifax Central Library||YH||20/11/2018||Info|
|Developing problem solving in Year 13 students||A day to develop your students' problem solving skills.||Lancaster University||NW||24/01/2019||Info|
|Year 13 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers||University of Manchester||NW||30/01/2019|
|Year 12 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers||University of Manchester||NW||21/03/2019|
|Developing problem solving in Year 12 students||A day to develop your students' problem solving skills.||Lancaster University||NW||28/03/2019||Info|
|Year 13 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers - STEP/AEA Revision||University of Manchester||NW||30/04/2019|
|STEP and AEA Preparation Day||A day to help Year 13 students prepare for STEP or AEA.||Lancaster University||NW||09/05/2019||Info|
|Year 12 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers - Mathematical Modelling||University of Manchester||NW||01/07/2019|
|Year 12 mathematical modelling day||Solving problems with mathematical modelling - an introduction for Year 12 students.||Lancaster University||NW||09/07/2019||Info|