On Demand | Preparing your students for STEP

Online Self-paced study


This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking STEP papers. 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 a series of '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 STEP.
  • 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 Level 3 (post-16) maths.


Section Topics Approximate time to complete*
Overarching themes in STEP Introduction to STEP, Exam technique, Problem solving, Proof Up to 4 hours
Topics in Pure Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Curves, Differential equations, Vectors Up to 5 hours
Topics in Further Pure Number theory, Integration, Hyperbolic functions, Complex numbers, Geometry, Algebra Up to 6 hours

Topics in Applied Maths: Statistics

Probability distributions, Probability

Up to 2 hours

Topics in Applied Maths: Mechanics

Circular motion, Collisions, Elasticity, Power, Projectiles, Forces

Up to 6 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.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

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

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Curriculum planning, Reasoning

Event format:

On Demand Professional Development




Self-paced study



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

The 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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