Year 12 & 13 Regular Problem Solving Days



A series of 5 maths problem-solving days 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.

At the same time, the problems used in the course are fun and rewarding. Attending the sessions will greatly enrich students’ mathematical experience and help them to develop a better understanding of A level Mathematics.


  • 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 provide some initial information about the problem solving involved in university admissions tests

Who will benefit from attending?

The course is designed for A level Mathematics students who have an enquiring mind and wish to develop their problem solving ability for their A level studies and beyond.

It is particularly useful for those students who wish to make the first steps in preparing for university admissions tests such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.


The course covers a wide range of mathematical disciplines with problems. These can include:

  • Algebra: the difference between two squares and other identities
  • Geometry: angles, triangle and circles
  • Number: digits and divisibility
  • Algebra: forming and solving equations
  • Combinatorics: systematic counting
  • Number: prime factorisation, fractions and irrationals
  • Algebra: sequences and series
  • Number: indices and logarithms
  • Algebra: quadratics, cubics and other polynomials
  • Geometry: trigonometry
  • Combinatorics: further systematic counting and placement
  • Geometry: coordinates and vectors
  • Calculus: curve sketching and differentiation
  • Calculus: integration
  • Combinatorics: the binomial expansion

Materials and Equipment

Beyond pen and paper students do not need any special equpiment for the course although a smartphone with the GeoGebra or the Desmos apps installed may be useful.

Other Information

Dates of sessions are:

7th December 2019, 18th January 2020, 8th February 2020, 7th March 2020, 25th April 2020.

All sessions run on Saturday mornings from 10.30 until 15.00. It is expected that students registering for the course will be able to attend the vast majority of the sessions.

The course is offered FREE OF CHARGE to students


Please note, for this year, year 13 sessions will primarily support those students intending to sit STEP examinations next summer. Other year 13 students are welcome to join the year 12 sessions. We would be delighted if teachers could attend or support some or all of the days.

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12 & 13

Curriculum focus:

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

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

20 hours


East of England


Julian Study Centre,
University of East Anglia,
Norwich Research Park,

Next session:

Sat 25th Apr 2020

Course times:

10:30 - 15:00


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

Ian Clarke
[email protected]

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