Preparing your students for maths university admissions interviews



If you feel that preparing students for university maths interviews is something you or your school needs to strengthen, then this short event will interest you. We shall examine the comments of Cambridge directors of studies of maths on the purpose and procedural elements of interviews. This section will also contain useful pointers for students.  Whilst focussing on maths this is also of use to understand how students can be supported for STEM interviews.

We will practise in small groups some university interview questions, including a longer multi-stage question, so that we can learn how to ask questions which elicit useful responses from students. We will attempt to write our own university admissions questions for use in mock interviews.

We will review some of the available resources.

All sessions will be delivered by Chris Luke, Area Coordinator for Derby and Derbyshire


  • Participants will understand the purpose and procedure of university maths interviews. They will learn some practical points to pass on to their students.
  • Participants will understand the importance of asking questions to elicit useful responses from students. They will practise some university interview questions to learn how to ask appropriate questions to students.
  • Participants will practise writing their own questions, to give to students in a mock interview.

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers of A-level Maths and Further Maths, and teachers with an interest in or a responsibility for Oxbridge admissions.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests, A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics, Statistics, Pure, Discrete, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

3 hours


Yorkshire and the Humber


Wyke Sixth Form College,
Bricknell Avenue,


Tue 12th Jul 2022

Course times:

13:00 - 16:00


Free to state schools and colleges


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

Jean Smith
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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