On Demand | Preparing your students for the MAT and the TMUA


This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking one of these fourth term university entrance tests. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises 11 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.


  • To introduce teachers to the main aspects of the MAT and the TMUA.
  • To advise and support teachers who wish to prepare their own students for the tests.
  • To provide opportunities to reflect on subject content, resources and teaching ideas and to discuss these with other teachers via the course forums.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers of post-16 maths.


Section Topics Approximate time to complete*
Preparing your students for the exams Introduction to the MAT and the TMUA, The Detail: Specifications, Papers and Admissions, Problem solving, Proof Up to 4.5 hours
Topic-focussed support for stretching your students Number theory, Sequences, series and counting, Polynomials, Exponentials and logarithms, Coordinate geometry and trigonometry, Calculus, More complex functions Up to 7 hours

*Timings are approximate and suggest the required time for a topic to be counted on a certificate of participation. Further resources are linked from each section and so participants may, if they wish, spend more time than this in consolidating and reflecting on the content. You do not need to complete all sections to request a certificate. 

Materials and Equipment

Internet connection with capability to watch video.


Due to the way we are funded, ODPD is only available to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England.


ODPD is free of charge for qualifying teachers.

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Key Facts



Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests, A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Curriculum planning

Event format:

On Demand Professional Development




If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

ODPD team
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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