Problem Solving Matters

Problem Solving Matters

Developing the problem solving skills necessary for the Mathematics Admission Test and the Test of Mathematics for University Admission

This course for year 12 students from state-funded schools, academies and colleges who are interested in applying for places at Oxford University, Imperial College, Durham University and Warwick University to study Mathematics.

Students applying for places to study Mathematics or Computer Science courses (including joint honours) at Oxford University and any Mathematics undergraduate course at Imperial College, London will be required to sit the Mathematics Admission Test (MAT) as one part of the admissions process. Students applying for Mathematics at Durham University or Warwick University may be required to sit the MAT or TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admission) examination.

This course is designed to prepare students for the way they will have to think to achieve success in the MAT, TMUA and other problem-solving mathematics examinations by developing their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.

Applications for the 2018 course will open shortly. The course involves three face-to-face days, three summer assignments, and five online follow-up sessions. The three face-to-face days will take place on the following dates and places:

  • Oxford: June 30th, July 21st and September 22nd
  • Imperial:  June 23rd, July 14th and September 22nd
  • Warwick: June 16th, July 7th, September 15th
  • Durham: June 23rd, July 7th, September 29th
  • Bristol: dates to be confirmed

The cost of the course is £60, and students can apply for a free place. This support is possible due to the generous support from Oxford Maths alum Tony Hill.

Applications to the course will be prioritised according to socio-economic and educational disadvantage, and will close on the 4th June 2018. Applicants will be notified after this date if they are successful in gaining a place on the course. In the meantime, there are many excellent free online resources to help you develop problem solving skills. Please see the Maths Admissions Test page for links and resources.