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

Through this programme you will:

  • 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, you will 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 programme which can be found hereAlthough you can apply to both programmes, you will only be allowed a place on one. Therefore, we encourage students to think carefully before they apply and to try to select the programme they would most like to participate in.

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

What can I expect?

Year 12

One-day introductory masterclass 

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

You will experience 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. 


Saturday 9 January 2021.

Two seven-week MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) 

These courses have been carefully 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. 


During the spring or summer terms 2021. 

Closing one-day masterclass 

This will focus on the 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. 


April/May 2021.

Year 13

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. 


On Saturday 24 October 2020. 

Two seven-week MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) 

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. 


One will run from October to December 2020 and the other from January to February/March 2021. 

One-day closing masterclass 

This will give 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. 


A weekend in March 2021.

Can I apply?

Academic criteria

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

You will need to meet the following requirements

  • If applying for the Year 12 Cohort you must currently be in Year 12. Respectively, if you’re applying to the Year 13 Cohort you must currently be in Year 13.
  • You are 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 three times a year on scheduled weekend dates.
  • You are planning to apply for university courses with a large mathematical component.

Additional Criteria

This programme aims to support students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education. We will use the data you provide to assess your eligibility for the programme.

We will ask questions to see if any of the following criteria apply to you:

  • You are eligible for free school meals.
  • Your family income is below £50,000/year.
  • You have been in care or are a young carer.
  • You are studying in a school in the UK that has below average attainment or with a high percentage of students receiving free school meals.
  • Your parents do not have a university degree.
  • You live in an area with low participation in Higher Education.

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 do I apply?

Year 12

Applications are open for the programme starting on Saturday 9 January 2021.

Before applying, please read our Application FAQs.

Application deadline: 23:59 on Tuesday 24 November 2020.

Year 13

Applications are not currently open for this programme.

We will be recruiting for the next Year 13 cohort in Autumn 2021.

Please carefully check that you are applying to the correct programme when completing your application form and that you have chosen the mA*ths Online Programme; as we also run an A-Level Further Mathematics Programme.