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.

Type of event | Title | Description | Region | Venue | Start date | Info file |
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KS5 Problem Solving | Year 13 STEP Support Classes | A programme of support classes for year 13 students who wish to take the STEP exam. | YH | Leeds University | 05 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr12/13 Problem Solving | Five Saturday sessions from 9.30 to 1.00 on 8th Oct, 19th Nov, 4th Feb, 25th March and 13th May which provide an introduction to advanced problem solving skills. The sessions would be useful for students considering STEP/AEA/MAT in Yr13 | NE | Gosforth Academy, Newcastle | 08 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr12/13 Problem Solving | Five Saturday sessions from 9.30 to 1.00 on 8th Oct, 19th Nov, 4th Feb, 25th March and 13th May which provide an introduction to advanced problem solving skills. The sessions would be useful for students considering STEP/AEA/MAT in Yr13 | NE | Teesside University, Middlesbrough | 08 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr 13 Enhanced Problem Solving | NW | Liverpool University | 10 Oct 16 | ||

KS5 Problem Solving | Oxford MAT Preparation Lectures (FULLY BOOKED) | This series of free lectures is aimed at Year 13 students who will be sitting the Oxford MAT paper on 2 November 2016. Dates: Oct 12, 14, 19 and 21 from 5pm to 7pm | London | UCL | 12 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Oxford Entrance Test Preparation session | A half-day event to help prepare for the Entrance Maths Test (EMAT) usually required by Oxford University and Imperial College London. | EM | University of Nottingham | 15 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr12/13 Problem Solving | Five Saturday sessions from 9.30 to 1.00 on 15th Oct, 26th Nov, 11th Feb, 1st April and 20th May which provide an introduction to advanced problem solving skills. The sessions would be useful for students considering STEP/AEA/MAT in Yr13 | NE | Durham VI Form Centre | 15 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 13 problem solving day | A day of problem-solving activities for Year 13 students and their teachers | NW | University of Lancaster | 18 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers | Year 12 and Year 13 students are invited to join a series of maths problem-solving sessions taking place on 10 Mondays from 4.30pm – 6.30pm | WM | University Centre Telford (Southwater) | 31 Oct 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | PSC Maths Problem Solving classes for sixth form includes STEP support FULLY BOOKED NOW! | Year 12 Problem Solving classes and Year 13 STEP support | YH | University of York | 02 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers at Keele University | Year 12 and Year 13 students are invited to join a series of maths problem-solving sessions taking place on Thursdays from 4.30pm – 6.30pm | WM | Keele University | 03 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | PSC - Mathematics Problem Solving Masterclasses | The FMSP and the University of Wolverhampton are hosting two parallel a series of masterclasses, for A level students. One series focusing on the development of problem solving skills and the other focusing on STEP/AEA preparation. These classes will take place on a Saturday 10.30 — 12.30, starting on the 5th November 2016 and running until Easter 2017, at the University’s city campus. | WM | University of Wolverhampton, City Campus | 05 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Sixth Form Problem Solving Masterclasses | A series of fortnightly workshops for y12 & y13 students aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. A particular focus on the MAT, STEP and AEA. | SE | University of Kent, Canterbury | 05 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Surrey/Sussex Sixth Form Problem Solving Workshops | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. | SE | Surrey or Sussex University | 05 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 12 Problem Solving Course | This course consists of ten twilight sessions and aims to develop the mathematical thinking of Year 12 students. This course is now fully booked. | London | Kingston University | 07 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | PSC Sixth Form Problem Solving Masterclasses | A series of fortnightly workshops for y12 & y13 students aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. A particular focus on the MAT, STEP and AEA. | SE | University of Greenwich, Royal Naval College | 12 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Sixth Form Problem Solving Masterclasses | A series of fortnightly workshops for y12 & y13 students aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. A particular focus on the MAT, STEP and AEA. | London | University of Greenwich, Royal Naval College | 12 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr12/13 Problem Solving | Second of five Saturday sessions looking at Problem Solving for Yr12/13 students | NE | Gosforth Academy, Newcastle | 19 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr12/13 Problem Solving | Second of five Saturday sessions looking at Problem Solving for Yr12/13 students | NE | Teesside University, Middlesbrough | 19 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 12 problem solving day | A day of problem-solving activities for Year 12 students and their teachers | NW | University of Lancaster | 22 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr12/13 Problem Solving | Second of five Saturday sessions looking at Problem Solving for Yr12/13 students | NE | Durham Sixth Form Centre | 26 Nov 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Sixth Form Student and Teacher Problem-Solving Conference | A one-day conference for sixth form students and their teachers about developing deeper mathematical problem-solving skills. | EE | Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge CB3 0WA | 05 Dec 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | 6th Form Problem Solving conference | RESCHEDULED for April - please contact Ria Symonds | EM | University of Nottingham | 14 Dec 16 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers | Twelve fortnightly sessions developing deeper problem-solving skills by working through challenging problems from MAT, STEP and Senior Maths Challenge papers. | EE | Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge CB3 0WA | 05 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | STEP | Weekly classes in preparation for STEP | SE | The College of Sir Richard Collyer | 09 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Preparing for STEP 1 | These classes are intended for A2 mathematics students who are required to sit STEP 1 papers for university entrance. They will cover the Pure Mathematics syllabus only and will concentrate on the techniques which are beyond the A-level specification. They will be invaluable for examination preparation and will help students to bridge the gap between school and university mathematics | London | UCL Institute of Education | 12 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 12 students in particular. | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 14 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year thirteen problem solving workshop 1 | Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions. | EE | University of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB | 14 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | 6th Form Problem Solving - Yr 12 | A series of 6 sessions to help Yr 12 students with problem solving skills | EM | Worksop College | 16 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 12 Problem Solving Conference | Attend Problem Solving Mathematics workshops, including a masterclass on proofs, a look at some STEP & AEA questions and a FunMaths RoadShow session. Suitable for students of Year 12 A level Maths, particularly those considering going on to a Maths related degree or who may take STEP or AEA exams. | WM | University of Wolverhampton, City Campus | 17 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These workshops are particularly suitable for Year 12 students. | SW | Treviglas School, Newquay | 18 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr 12 Maths Problem Solving Course | Classes run Jan to April from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesdays. | WM | University of Warwick | 18 Jan 17 | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Yr 13 STEP & AEA Preparation Course | Weekly classes from Jan to April. Wednesdays 4pm to 6pm | WM | University of Warwick | 18 Jan 17 | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 12 & 13 Student and Teacher Problem Solving day | A one-day conference for sixth form students and their teachers developing deeper mathematical problem solving skills. | SW | Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne | 24 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Maths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These worshops are particularly suitable for Year 13 students. | SW | Plymouth University | 31 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem solving for STEP and AEA | An introduction to problem solving in STEP and AEA for Year 13 students and their teachers. | NW | University of Lancaster | 31 Jan 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | STEP 2 and 3 Preparation Course | This course is intended for Year 13 students who are required to sit STEP 2 and/or STEP 3 papers for university entrance. | London | UCL | 01 Feb 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Student-Teacher Sixth Form Problem Solving Conference | A one-day conference for sixth form students and teachers about developing deeper mathematical problem-solving skills | SE | Denbigh School, Milton Keynes | 01 Feb 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year thirteen problem solving workshop 2 | Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions. | EE | University of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB | 04 Feb 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 13 students in particular. Session 2 | SW | Plymouth University | 08 Feb 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | 6th Form Problem Solving | 6 week course for students wishing to improve their problem solving skills. | EM | Priory Ruskin Academy | 23 Feb 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year thirteen problem solving workshop 3 | Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions. | EE | University of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB | 25 Feb 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 13 students in particular. Session 3 | SW | Plymouth University | 01 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year thirteen problem solving workshop 4 | Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions. | EE | University of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB | 11 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Developing problem solving in Year 12 mathematics | Another day of problem-solving activities for Year 12 students and their teachers | NW | University of Lancaster | 14 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 12 students in particular. Session 3 | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 18 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Oxfordshire Sixth Form Problem Solving Workshops | A series of fortnightly workshops for y13 students aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. A particular focus on the MAT, STEP and AEA. | SE | The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford | 20 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 13 students in particular. Session 4 | SW | Plymouth University | 22 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 12 students in particular. Session 4 | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 25 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Buckinghamshire Sixth Form Problem Solving Workshops | A series of fortnightly workshops for y13 students aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. A particular focus on the MAT, STEP and AEA. | SE | The Grange School, Aylesbury | 27 Mar 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 12 students in particular. Session 5 | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 22 Apr 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Regular Problem Solving Classes | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students. These are suitable for Year 13 students in particular. Session 5 | SW | Plymouth University | 26 Apr 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | STEP Preparation Sessions | *This event is now full* **A Series of 4 days - 26th April, 10th, 17th, 24th May** This event will consist of FOUR separate twilight workshops to help Year 13 students prepare for the June STEP exams. | EM | University of Nottingham | 26 Apr 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Preparing for STEP and AEA | A day of activities for students sitting STEP or AEA in June 2017 and their teachers. | NW | University of Lancaster | 11 May 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Oxfordshire Sixth Form Problem Solving Workshops | Taster workshops for y12 students. A full series will be running for y13 next year, aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. Y12 students may attend the final 2 sessions of this year's y12 series free of charge to see if they want to sign up next year. | SE | The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford | 19 Jun 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year Twelve Problem Solving Workshops using Maths Admission Test material | First workshop out of six aimed at students wishing to take any maths related university entrance exams. Other summer term dates: 5th July and 19th July. | EE | Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6YR | 21 Jun 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Take Maths To The Limit | Year 12 Problem solving conference for students from state schools. The day will also look at admissions and entrance tests such as STEP/AEA/MAT/TMUA | SW | University of Bath | 04 Jul 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 12 Problem Solving Day | A series of workshops covering mathematical communication, problem solving and STEP/AEA/MAT questions | SE | Portsmouth University | 06 Jul 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Student Teacher Problem Solving Conference | A one-day conference for sixth form students and their teachers designed to improve problem solving skills, and to give confidence in solving mathematical problems. | YH | Richmond Building, University of Bradford, BD7 1 DP | 07 Jul 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 12 mathematical modelling day | A day of modelling activities for Year 12 students and their teachers | NW | University of Lancaster | 13 Jul 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | The sessions offer students the opportunity to develop their problem-solving skills by trying out challenging problems that require deep mathematical thinking, and so help them achieve the grades they need to get into the university of career their choice. | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 13 Sep 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Y13 Problem Solving Workshops | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. For students at Buckinghamshire Upper Schools ONLY | SE | The Grange School, Aylesbury | 18 Sep 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | The sessions offer students the opportunity to develop their problem-solving skills by trying out challenging problems that require deep mathematical thinking, and so help them achieve the grades they need to get into the university of career their choice. | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 20 Sep 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Sixth Form Problem Solving Workshops | A series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics | SE | Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford | 25 Sep 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | The sessions offer students the opportunity to develop their problem-solving skills by trying out challenging problems that require deep mathematical thinking, and so help them achieve the grades they need to get into the university of career their choice. | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 27 Sep 17 | More info |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 11 Oct 17 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 18 Oct 17 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 2: STEP & AEA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 18 Nov 17 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 22 Nov 17 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 2: STEP & AEA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 25 Nov 17 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 1: MAT & TMUA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 29 Nov 17 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 2: STEP & AEA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 27 Jan 18 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Year 13 Problem Solving | NW | University of Manchester | 30 Jan 18 | ||

KS5 Problem Solving | problem-Solving Series 2: STEP & AEA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 24 Feb 18 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 2: STEP & AEA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 10 Mar 18 | More info | |

KS5 Problem Solving | Problem-Solving Series 2: STEP & AEA focus | SW | The Exeter Mathematics School | 24 Mar 18 | More info |

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