STEP/AEA/MAT


FMSP Support

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.


STEP

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.

AEA

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 Online Support for STEP and AEA

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

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 Online Support for the MAT

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.

Regular Problem Solving Classes

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.

Events

Type of event Title Description Region Venue Start date Info file
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 13 STEP Support ClassesA programme of support classes for year 13 students who wish to take the STEP exam. YHLeeds University 05 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr12/13 Problem SolvingFive 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 Yr13NEGosforth Academy, Newcastle08 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr12/13 Problem SolvingFive 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 Yr13NETeesside University, Middlesbrough08 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr 13 Enhanced Problem SolvingNWLiverpool University10 Oct 16  
KS5 Problem SolvingOxford 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 7pmLondonUCL12 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingOxford Entrance Test Preparation sessionA half-day event to help prepare for the Entrance Maths Test (EMAT) usually required by Oxford University and Imperial College London.EMUniversity of Nottingham15 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr12/13 Problem SolvingFive 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 Yr13NEDurham VI Form Centre15 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 13 problem solving dayA day of problem-solving activities for Year 13 students and their teachersNWUniversity of Lancaster18 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingMaths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth FormersYear 12 and Year 13 students are invited to join a series of maths problem-solving sessions taking place on 10 Mondays from 4.30pm – 6.30pmWMUniversity Centre Telford (Southwater)31 Oct 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingPSC Maths Problem Solving classes for sixth form includes STEP support FULLY BOOKED NOW!Year 12 Problem Solving classes and Year 13 STEP supportYHUniversity of York02 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingMaths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth Formers at Keele UniversityYear 12 and Year 13 students are invited to join a series of maths problem-solving sessions taking place on Thursdays from 4.30pm – 6.30pmWMKeele University03 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingPSC - Mathematics Problem Solving MasterclassesThe 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.WMUniversity of Wolverhampton, City Campus05 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSixth Form Problem Solving MasterclassesA 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.SEUniversity of Kent, Canterbury05 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSurrey/Sussex Sixth Form Problem Solving WorkshopsA series of workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics is offered to sixth form students.SESurrey or Sussex University05 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 12 Problem Solving CourseThis course consists of ten twilight sessions and aims to develop the mathematical thinking of Year 12 students. This course is now fully booked. LondonKingston University07 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingPSC Sixth Form Problem Solving MasterclassesA 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.SEUniversity of Greenwich, Royal Naval College12 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSixth Form Problem Solving MasterclassesA 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.LondonUniversity of Greenwich, Royal Naval College12 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr12/13 Problem SolvingSecond of five Saturday sessions looking at Problem Solving for Yr12/13 studentsNEGosforth Academy, Newcastle19 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr12/13 Problem SolvingSecond of five Saturday sessions looking at Problem Solving for Yr12/13 studentsNETeesside University, Middlesbrough19 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 12 problem solving dayA day of problem-solving activities for Year 12 students and their teachersNWUniversity of Lancaster22 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr12/13 Problem SolvingSecond of five Saturday sessions looking at Problem Solving for Yr12/13 studentsNEDurham Sixth Form Centre26 Nov 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSixth Form Student and Teacher Problem-Solving ConferenceA one-day conference for sixth form students and their teachers about developing deeper mathematical problem-solving skills.EECentre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge CB3 0WA 05 Dec 16 More info
KS5 Problem Solving6th Form Problem Solving conferenceRESCHEDULED for April - please contact Ria SymondsEMUniversity of Nottingham14 Dec 16 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingProblem-Solving Sessions for Sixth FormersTwelve fortnightly sessions developing deeper problem-solving skills by working through challenging problems from MAT, STEP and Senior Maths Challenge papers. EECentre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge CB3 0WA05 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSTEPWeekly classes in preparation for STEPSEThe College of Sir Richard Collyer09 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingPreparing for STEP 1These 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 mathematicsLondonUCL Institute of Education12 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingMaths Problem-Solving Sessions for Sixth FormersA 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.SWThe Exeter Mathematics School14 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear thirteen problem solving workshop 1Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions.EEUniversity of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB14 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem Solving6th Form Problem Solving - Yr 12A series of 6 sessions to help Yr 12 students with problem solving skillsEMWorksop College16 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 12 Problem Solving ConferenceAttend 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.WMUniversity of Wolverhampton, City Campus17 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingMaths 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. SWTreviglas School, Newquay18 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYr 12 Maths Problem Solving CourseClasses run Jan to April from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesdays.WMUniversity of Warwick18 Jan 17  
KS5 Problem SolvingYr 13 STEP & AEA Preparation CourseWeekly classes from Jan to April. Wednesdays 4pm to 6pm WMUniversity of Warwick18 Jan 17  
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 12 & 13 Student and Teacher Problem Solving dayA one-day conference for sixth form students and their teachers developing deeper mathematical problem solving skills.SWQueen Elizabeth School, Wimborne24 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingMaths 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.SWPlymouth University31 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingProblem solving for STEP and AEAAn introduction to problem solving in STEP and AEA for Year 13 students and their teachers.NWUniversity of Lancaster31 Jan 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSTEP 2 and 3 Preparation CourseThis course is intended for Year 13 students who are required to sit STEP 2 and/or STEP 3 papers for university entrance.LondonUCL01 Feb 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingStudent-Teacher Sixth Form Problem Solving ConferenceA one-day conference for sixth form students and teachers about developing deeper mathematical problem-solving skillsSEDenbigh School, Milton Keynes01 Feb 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear thirteen problem solving workshop 2Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions.EEUniversity of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB04 Feb 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 2SWPlymouth University08 Feb 17 More info
KS5 Problem Solving6th Form Problem Solving6 week course for students wishing to improve their problem solving skills.EMPriory Ruskin Academy23 Feb 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear thirteen problem solving workshop 3Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions.EEUniversity of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB25 Feb 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 3SWPlymouth University01 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear thirteen problem solving workshop 4Saturday morning workshop aimed at developing problem solving skills using STEP questions.EEUniversity of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB11 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingDeveloping problem solving in Year 12 mathematicsAnother day of problem-solving activities for Year 12 students and their teachersNWUniversity of Lancaster14 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 3SWThe Exeter Mathematics School18 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingOxfordshire Sixth Form Problem Solving WorkshopsA 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.SEThe Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford20 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 4SWPlymouth University22 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 4SWThe Exeter Mathematics School25 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingBuckinghamshire Sixth Form Problem Solving WorkshopsA 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.SEThe Grange School, Aylesbury27 Mar 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 5SWThe Exeter Mathematics School22 Apr 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingRegular Problem Solving ClassesA 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 5SWPlymouth University26 Apr 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingSTEP 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.EMUniversity of Nottingham26 Apr 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingPreparing for STEP and AEAA day of activities for students sitting STEP or AEA in June 2017 and their teachers.NWUniversity of Lancaster11 May 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingOxfordshire Sixth Form Problem Solving WorkshopsTaster 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.SEThe Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford19 Jun 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear Twelve Problem Solving Workshops using Maths Admission Test materialFirst 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.EEStanborough School, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6YR21 Jun 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingTake Maths To The LimitYear 12 Problem solving conference for students from state schools. The day will also look at admissions and entrance tests such as STEP/AEA/MAT/TMUASWUniversity of Bath04 Jul 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 12 Problem Solving DayA series of workshops covering mathematical communication, problem solving and STEP/AEA/MAT questionsSEPortsmouth University06 Jul 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingStudent Teacher Problem Solving ConferenceA one-day conference for sixth form students and their teachers designed to improve problem solving skills, and to give confidence in solving mathematical problems.YHRichmond Building, University of Bradford, BD7 1 DP07 Jul 17 More info
KS5 Problem SolvingYear 12 mathematical modelling dayA day of modelling activities for Year 12 students and their teachersNWUniversity of Lancaster13 Jul 17 More info