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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 now 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: in the autumn term. 

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 three times a year on scheduled weekend dates
  • You are planning to apply for university courses with a large mathematical component

Eligibility criteria

This programme prioritises students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education. 

When you apply, 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 per 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 to apply

Applications are currently closed for this programme. We will open applications during the Autumn term, please check back for updates. 

Contact us

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