Year 12/13 Problem Solving Course - Preparing for STEP



A series of maths problem-solving sessions designed to give students the confidence to apply for university courses that require or take into consideration achievement in an admissions test.

These regular classes offer students the opportunity to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through discussion and collaboration. They are designed to help students to develop strategies and confidence when tackling unfamiliar problems in maths and will help with preparations for taking advanced papers such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

The course will look at past exam materials from STEP 1 papers and will identify ways to tackle in-dpeth maths problems. It will also help students develop there own problem solving skills in mathematics to gain confidence with such questions.

The course will occur on five seperate 3-hour blocks, timetabled for Wednesday afternoons 3 - 6pm. The course dates are as follows:

  • 3rd April
  • 17th April
  • 1st May
  • 15th May
  • 29th May


  • To develop initial strategies when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop confidence when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop resilience when dealing with maths problems
  • To familiarise yourself with STEP 1 style questions

Who will benefit from attending?

  • This course is suitable for any Year 12 students who are thinking of applying for University courses who wil require the STEP admissions test for entry (for example Cambridge, Warwick, Bath)
  • OR it will be particularly useful for Year 13 students who have been asked for a grade in STEP 1 (but not STEP 2 or 3).


There may be funding to cover the cost of the event fee if you are deemed as being from a scool from an "opportunity area". Please enquire as to whether you are eligible for this using the contact info below.

Study Schedule

3rd April: Intro and getting started

17th April: Getting into the problem solving mindset

1st May: Specific STEP 1 questions

15th May: More STEP 1 questions

29th May: Harder STEP 1 questions


Frequently Asked Questions


No. We are running a seperate event for students specifically taking these exams in the summer. Please see info here: STEP2/3 course

Yes! The course is suitable for any students who want to gain more confidence with problem solving in higher level mathematics.

Yes! This course is a great basis to prepare you for any of the STEP (or university admissions) exams next year. We highly recomend that next Spring you book onto our "follow up" course desgined spcifically for STEP 2 and STEP 3.

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12 & 13

Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

15 hours


East Midlands


University of Nottingham,
University Park,


Wed 3rd Apr 2019

Course times:

15:00 - 18:00



State-sector subsidy:



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

Ria Symonds
[email protected]

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