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This programme supports A-levels Mathematics students who are considering studying a maths-related degree at university.

About the mA*ths Online Programme

Are you an A-level Mathematics student considering studying a maths-related degree at university?

Through this programme you could:

  • Develop the skills you need to achieve an A* in A-level Mathematics
  • Build your confidence to apply to universities that require an A* in Mathematics for your chosen subject

During the programme, applicants receive tailored online support, including online mentoring and face-to-face masterclasses* at Imperial College London. This initiative runs in collaboration with Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).

We run two cohorts for the programme, one for year 12 students and one for year 13 students.

Please note: This programme is for students studying A-Level Mathematics. We also run an A-level Further Mathematics programmeAlthough you can apply to both programmes, you will only be allowed a place on one. Therefore, we encourage you to think carefully before you apply and to try to select the programme you would get the most from.

*Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, the masterclasses will be held online until it is deemed safe to hold face-to-face events again. 

What to expect

Year 12 programme

One-day introductory masterclass

Here, you will look at the transition from GCSE to A-level.

You will attend workshops based on topics from the A-level Mathematics curriculum to support your learning. Sessions will be run by Imperial academics and students, as well as partners from MEI.

When: A weekend during the spring term.

Two seven-week Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

These online courses have been designed to fit with the A-level Mathematics curriculum in a structured series.

Content is delivered in a variety of ways including videos, practice questions and assessments, covering a range of methods and applications. You will also receive ongoing online mentoring from current Imperial students.

When: During the spring or summer terms.

Closing one-day masterclass

This will focus on awkward and difficult topics from A-level Mathematics.

The day will include workshops supported by Imperial academics, the Imperial student mentors and external partners from MEI.

When: Late spring.

Year 13 programme

One-day introductory masterclass 

 This event will involve further workshops based on topics from the A-level Mathematics curriculum to continue to support your learning. 

The sessions will be supported by Imperial academics and students as well as partners from MEI. 

When: Saturday 16th October 2021. 

Two seven-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs)

These will continue to look at the A-level Mathematics curriculum and work through the more challenging topics. 

The material will be delivered through a range of methods and feature practice questions and assessments to track progress. You will also receive online mentoring from current Imperial students. 

When: Autumn term or spring term. 

One-day closing masterclass 

This gives you a final opportunity to work on topics from your A-level Mathematics course that you may be struggling with. 

You will work with Imperial academics and students, as well as partners from MEI. The day is designed to give you confidence as you approach your final A-level examinations. 

When: In late spring.

Applicant information

Academic requirements

We are looking forward to seeing applications from students with a passion for Mathematics.

You must meet the following requirements:

  • If applying for the year 12 cohort you must currently be in year 12, and if you’re applying to the year 13 cohort you must currently be in year 13
  • You must be studying at least three A-levels, including Mathematics
  • You have achieved eight GCSEs with a minimum of six GCSEs graded at 7-9 (or A/A* level), including Science and Mathematics
  • You are capable of achieving an A grade in A-level Mathematics, even if you may not feel certain of this
  • You are willing to travel to Imperial up to two times a year on scheduled weekend dates
  • You are planning to apply for university courses with a large mathematical component

Eligibility criteria

This outreach programme is funded by Imperial College London, and aims to support state school students from backgrounds under-represented at university and Imperial. We use the criteria below to assess who is eligible to participate. The more criteria you meet, the more likely your application will be successful. 

We will prioritise your application if: 

  • You have been in care
  • You live independently (estranged), meaning you no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship which has led to ceased contact 

We will also assess whether: 

  • You are a young carer and have caring responsibilities for a close relative with a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem that is a significant demand on your time 
  • Your family income is below £50,000 each year 
  • You are eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium 
  • Your parents/guardians did not attend university 
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 areas) or high levels of deprivation (IMDQuintile 1 areas) 
  • Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals 
  • Your school has below average attainment 

You do not have to be based in London to apply to the programme. Due to the large online element, we strongly encourage applications from students across the country.

 

How to apply

Applications are now open for our Year 13 mA*ths Online Programme. The programme will begin on Saturday 16th October 2021. 

To apply you will need to sign in or create an account with Aspire. Please take care to select the correct programme that you wish to apply for. The deadline for applications for our Year 13 programme is 23:59 27th September 2021. 

Applications for our Year 12 mA*ths Online Programme will open later in the autumn term. 

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs or email us at mathsonline@imperial.ac.uk.