Online Courses for AEA, STEP and MAT Mathematics

In addition to A level grades some universities also require students to pass Sixth Term Examination Papers, STEP or an Advanced Extension Award, AEA in Mathematics as part of their offers for Mathematics degrees. Currently (May 2013) the universities requiring STEP/AEA qualifications for their mathematics degrees are:

Some other universities encourage students to take these papers and will include STEP or AEA in their offers:

Oxford University and Imperial College require students to sit the Mathematics Admissions Test, MAT. This is taken in November prior to selecting candidates to invite for interviews.

Online Courses

MEI provides real-time online tutorials and teaching sessions for AEA and STEP Mathematics. You can access live interactive tuition at a time and location to suit you through a platform called Blackboard Collaborate. Information is available via the STEP and AEA pages of the MEI website.

Reproduction of questions from STEP Mathematics papers in these materials is by permission of Cambridge Assessment. Other materials are used by permission of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.

AEA Course

Date Topic

Session 1

Constructing a beautiful, coherent, concise argument: the proper use of notation.

Session 2

Using Series imaginatively

Session 3

Solving trig equations without getting too many or too few solutions.

Session 4

Co-ordinate Geometry: a use for GCSE Circle Theorems at last.

Session 5

Polynomials and Graphical Transformations

Session 6

Functions: how to make the simple look difficult.

Session 7

Vectors

Session 8

Differentiation Techniques

Session 9

Integration Techniques

Session 10

Unusual Questions: are they really hard?



STEP Course

Date

Topic

Session 1

Dividing by zero

Session 2

Inequalities and proof by induction

Session 3

Systematic search or proof by exhaustion

Session 4

Necessary and sufficient conditions

Session 5

Proof by contradiction and irrational numbers

Session 6

Curve sketching

Session 7

General solutions of trigonometric equations

Session 8

Differential equations

Session 9

Mechanics

Session 10

Probability


Student Comments

“The questions are refreshing and remind you that with intuition and confidence, the skills learnt at A-level are applicable to much more than repetitive exam questions. Practise of questions of this style enable a wide variety of problem solving skills to be developed and enjoyed.”

“I really enjoyed the lessons and felt challenged all the time. I always felt I had achieved something every lesson, and it made me more confident in taking both STEP and AEA.”