STEP Lectures

Online Sessions for UCL Mathematics applicants during 2016

We expect that our support for the year 2016-17 will be similar to that described below and which was offered in 2015-16

A series of 17 live online sessions will be made available to all UCL Mathematics applicants who receive an offer through UCAS. The initial sessions will provide general advice and information about STEP and AEA and cover techniques and approaches across various mathematical topics. The remaining sessions provide a close look at past-paper questions from both STEP and AEA, again by topic areas, and advice about examination technique.

The live sessions start at 18.00 GMT.

All sessions are recorded and will be available for later viewing should you receive an offer only after the series has started, or if you miss a session.

Please refer to the STEP 2016 support booklet here.

We will invite you to contact us about how to receive this support shortly after you receive an offer through UCAS.

Please note that logins for UCL STEP/AEA resources and links to the online lectures are not sent out automatically and UCAS offer holders need to contact the Mathematics department for a login. Please send an email request to

Similar online support was provided to UCL mathematics applicants during 2014 and 2015. Feedback comments included:

I really enjoyed the online lecture. It was helpful in making the connections between the different areas of maths and how to produce more elegant solutions.
Everything was perfectly clear and very informative, thank you.
It was very good, and a good range of questions.
This is very useful
Great session and really helpful!
Really useful! Thank you very much
Very helpful, thanks!

Click here for STEP/AEA Study Days Information

Dates of sessions in 2016

Session title 2016 Dates
1 What are STEP and AEA? The problem-solving mindset 28th January
2 Using algebraic identities and solving equations 4th February
3 Digits, divisibility and logarithms 11th February
4 Counting and placement 25th February
5 Quadratics, cubic and other polynomials 3rd March
6 Handling Inequalities
10th March
7 Geometrical problems 17th March
8 Factors, primes and irrationals 24th March
9 Summing series 14th April
10 The binomial expansion and approximations 21st April
11 Sequences and induction 28th April
12 Advanced techniques in trigonometry 5th May
13 Analysing the behaviour of functions - limits and curve sketching 12th May
14 Advanced techniques in integration 19th May
15 Differential equations 26th May
16 Vectors and coordinate geometry 2nd June
17 Examination technique and advice 9th June

STEP/AEA Study Days

Two STEP/AEA study days will take place at UCL in addition to the online sessions. They are designed to complement the online support and will be a great opportunity to come to UCL to learn and practice mathematics. The focus will be on gaining experience in answering past paper questions but there will also be teaching sessions on some selected topics.

We will contact you when registration for the study days opens.

The provisional dates for the study days are as follows:

Day 1 (for all holding a UCL offer): Friday 8th April 2016

Day 2 (for firm choice only): Thursday 2nd June 2016