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For 2023 Entry

Maths • Computer Science • Physics • Engineering • Physical Natural Sciences

The Oxbridge Formula is changing the game...

If you’re an Oxbridge STEM hopeful (in Maths, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, or Physical Natural Sciences), you’re completely in the right place.

Proud to be the only specialist Maths and Physics Oxbridge Consultancy in the world, our entire team (including our founder) is made up of first-class Oxbridge mathematicians and physicists. We have been in your shoes and we have reached the goal you are trying to achieve. Our mission is to use our experience, combined with great teaching, to help you get there too.

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The Oxbridge Mastermind
For 2023 Entry

The Oxbridge Mastermind will help prepare you for every step of the application process, from personal statement writing, to exam practice, to interview preparation. 

You won’t find such a highly intensive, comprehensive and personalised preparation specifically for Oxbridge Maths- and Physics-related courses anywhere else.

There are three Mastermind Programmes: Silver (🥈), Gold (🥇), and Diamond (💎).

What's included?


500+ exclusive online past paper video solutions and practice questions

4-day intensive admissions test summer school

2-4 days of intensive admissions test group coaching in October (or equivalent)

Intensive admissions test course video catch-up replays

​1-day group interview course specific to your subject

MASTERMIND ​BONUS: Weekly Maths and Physics Live Problem Solving Sessions with our expert tutors

A suggested week-by-week study programme to keep you on track

Total hours: 189




20 hours of 1-1 tuition


3x 1-1 mock interviews

Total hours: 211




40 hours of 1-1 tuition


6x 1-1 mock interviews

Total hours: 233

Keep reading to learn more about each part of the Oxbridge Mastermind Programme

Don't just take our word for it...

Meet Vidhi (now reading Engineering at Cambridge)

“I really enjoyed working with the Oxbridge Formula, and I especially benefitted from the Physics Summer Course and the Physics-based Interview Day.

The summer course was extremely helpful since we were encouraged to think critically when dealing with obscure problems, whilst also reinforcing our A-Level knowledge in Physics and Maths. We also went through time-saving techniques, which is incredibly important for the ENGAA as it is so time-pressured.

The interview day allowed me to build up my confidence by observing how others approach interviews and by getting into the habit of discussing my thoughts when tackling a question. The feedback system ensured I could then see my strengths and weaknesses, which I could work on before the real interview.

Meet Eddie (now reading Maths at Cambridge)

“The Oxbridge Formula courses were of much use to me as they went above and beyond the A level maths and further maths syllabuses, talking more about solving problems and finding your own approach rather than following the ‘scaffolding’ in any normal maths exam paper. For instance, learning about the true nature of points of inflection and what the phrase ‘if and only if’ really means. 

Furthermore, the advice I got on presenting solutions and explaining things clearly and concisely was invaluable. Not only did the course help me prepare for the STEP exams, but as I start life at Cambridge it is becoming increasingly self-evident that the skills I was taught will be very helpful as an undergraduate as well.

Oh yeah - after the course, I got four A*s and S, S, 1 in STEP 1, 2 & 3!”

Meet Grace (now reading Physics at Oxford)

“I applied to Oxford to study mathematics and was unsuccessful primarily due to being unprepared for the MAT admissions test. However, I was determined to study at Oxford and reapplied for Physics the following year with a new knowledge of the level of preparation required.

Studying with STEPMaths (now The Oxbridge Formula) transformed my ability to perform strongly in the examination and I was consequently offered a place.

I found the worked solutions extremely helpful and clearly explained and I was also impressed by how quickly and effectively tutors addressed my questions.”
"I learned a lot about the function and graph sketching questions, which as well as being useful for MAT and STEP, are essential tools for Oxbridge interviews. The teaching was engaging and the solutions were well explained." –Josh
"Useful stuff on waves, intensity, and best of all astronomy. The opportunity to work with other students all preparing for the PAT was both reassuring and useful, as we had already learnt the same material, but each had different ways of attempting problems." –Erin

Oxbridge entry is more competitive than ever before

In an uncertain world, your best asset is an elite education.

Getting into Oxbridge is one thing, but the rewards that will follow are even greater!

What does getting into Oxbridge mean to you?

  • Studying with the best minds in the country? 
  • Being taught in 1-1 or 2-1 sessions by world-class academics?
  • Proving that you have what it takes to survive a tough STEM degree and coming out the other side with fantastic grades?
  • The massive sense of accomplishment?
  • Making yourself infinitely more employable?
  • Getting that warm, fuzzy feeling on Results Day, knowing that you’ve made your family proud?

You know that by investing in your education today, you will reap the rewards for years to come.

And if you're going to get help, why not get the best help you possibly can?

Mastery of Oxbridge-admissions-level Maths and Physics is rare to find. Even rarer is someone who can teach it well.

Are you 100% committed to your success?


  • Tap into the knowledge of our expert Oxbridge-educated tutors - There’s nothing like the experience of someone who has been there and done that. Use our experience to get ahead. 
  • Lead your own revision with our vault of exclusive online video resources Take charge of your own admissions test preparation. Oxbridge are looking for self-starters and independent study is absolutely key to success. But only if you know you’re going in the right direction. Our 500+ in-depth videos explain the thought processes of expert problem solvers so you literally start thinking like one. 
  • Receive a highly personalised learning experience We’ll work with you to identify areas of weakness across the whole application – personal statement, admissions test, and interview – so that you can accelerate your progress and turbo-charge your application. 
  • Empower yourself with our in-depth interview preparation -  One of the most nerve-wracking parts of the entire admissions process (interviews may remain online this year, which will only add to the nerves), the interview is often an area where many otherwise-excellent candidates fail to shine. Together, we'll make sure you're able to show your true potential at interview.

The Oxbridge Mastermind
For 2023 Entry
The Details


🥈🥇💎Over 500 exclusive online video solutions (including extra practice questions) - Available immediately ➤

Students tell us that when they see a solution they get it, but that they would have never come up with this solution on their own.

Our 500+ video solutions have been created by our handpicked team of expert tutors. They have been created to express every thought process, so that you can start to think just like an expert and approach problems in the same way. 

This video content and the extra practice questions we provide form the basis of the independent study that Mastermind students will do at home.

You will have access to the online resources for 1 year, i.e. until after your admissions test and interview have both taken place.

“Using the online resources, I felt there was somewhere I could turn every time I had a question!”  –Charlotte

"It's really helpful to see the best way to tackle a question and what to start with. In particular, the use of diagrams to explain problems made a lot the explanations very clear." - Siddharth

🥈🥇💎4-day summer school - 4x full days admissions test coaching in a group setting (on Zoom)

You will attend one of the following online (Zoom) summer schools:

Maths Admissions Summer School

Aimed at Maths / Computer Science applicants

The summer between Years 12 and 13 is the most valuable preparation opportunity for Oxbridge applicants. Equipped with the knowledge from the first year of A-Levels, you will now be able to take a serious stab at past paper questions. 

Our Maths Admissions Summer School focuses on bringing your knowledge up to par with the way an Oxbridge undergraduate would be expected to think. We'll spend the summer school looking at various problem-solving techniques that you won't necessarily have covered at school but are vital for being able to answer admissions test questions efficiently.

We will continue to embed the Problem-Planning Methodology and equip you with the skills you need to carry out your past paper practice for the rest of your summer!

Dates: To be confirmed

- Learn how to plan for and present all of the most essential kinds of proof 
- Examine the subtlest aspects of manipulating inequalities
- Perfect your understanding of necessary and sufficient conditions
- Analyse unfamiliar graphs with symmetry tricks
- Master the art of dividing problems by cases

“It’s really engaging as working as a team makes the questions feel less daunting. Moreover the strategies recommended are priceless when it comes to efficiency in answering questions.“  – Edward 

“I really enjoyed this course because it allowed me to challenge myself as well as improving my ability to think outside of the box when it comes to finding less obvious solutions to problems.”  – Aisha 

“Very good course! Questions covered in lots of detail, wide variety of topics covered and lots of support in case you don’t understand something.”  – Ethan

Physics Admissions Summer School

Aimed at Physics / Engineering / Physical Natural Sciences Applicants

One of the peculiarities of the Oxbridge application process is that you are often examined on things that you haven't learnt at school. Nowhere is this more true than in the Physical Sciences. 

Our Physics Admissions Summer School goes through each of the 15 Physics topics most needed for your admissions tests, ensuring your knowledge is well-developed, and giving you the chance to try your hand at some tough problems on each topic.

But we don't stop there. A significant part of both the admissions test and interview for Physics or Engineering will be Maths. So, the fourth day of the summer school focuses on key Maths skills, such as polynomials, inequalities, and the core interview skill of graph sketching.

Again, this course will provide the foundation for the preparation you will go on to do over the summer holidays.

Dates: To be confirmed

Physics Content:
- The behaviour of moving bodies studied via dynamics and kinematics 
- The special case of circular motion and its application to orbits
- The behaviour of electrical circuits governed by resistors, and more exotic components like capacitors and diodes
- The physics of waves and intensity, and especially electromagnetic radiation
- Electric charge, electric potential energy, and electrostatic forces
- Radioactive decay
- Springs and elasticity
- Astronomy
- Magnetism
- Heat and gases
- General physically-applicable reasoning, including the square-cube law

"The best thing about the course was the huge diversity of Physics topics covered." –Clement

"Topics such as electrostatics, capacitors and circular motion were covered in detail and made me much more confident when attempting PAT past papers." –Dominykas

🥈🥇💎Intensive October course - further admissions test coaching in a group setting (on Zoom)

You'll attend one of the following online (Zoom) courses or an equivalent:

October MAT and STEP Course

For students taking MAT / STEP
The second of our courses for 2023 entry, building upon the material we covered in our summer courses, these highly interactive sessions will teach you how to think like an examiner and approach admissions test questions like a true Oxbridge student.

Learning from others is a fantastic tool. This course allows you to re-frame your problem-solving approach. You’ll learn how to interpret questions in the way they are intended to be solved, seeing multiple different approaches and tricks to speed you up. You’ll be able to speak to tutors and others in your classroom.

Dates: To be confirmed

- Sketch and analyse bizarre new functions, or construct them yourself
- Handle polynomials of any order
- Master intricate rule-following questions
- Learn to adjust every parameter and anticipate the consequences
- Count and classify new abstract objects, possible and impossible

- Deepen your understanding of polynomials and multivariate functions
- Master graph sketching through the use of problem style questions from multiple sources
- Gain greater fluency with advanced trig identities and problem solving with the chain, product and quotient rules.

“For anyone that is interesting in taking the MAT, this is the most helpful form of revision for it I have experienced.” –Syrie

TMUA Proof and Logic (Paper 2) Course

For students sitting the TMUA
This course will get to the heart of the proof and logic you need to be familiar with in order to tackle TMUA Paper 2 - it’s unlikely you’ll have seen anything like this at school.

Dates: To be confirmed

- Confidently check if a condition is necessary or sufficient
- Use straightforward rules to analyse statements with multiple quantifiers, negations, and conditionals
- Immediately spot the sources of common flaws in proofs, such as additional or missed solutions
- Deal with counterexamples, consequences, and assumptions, even in completely unfamiliar contexts
- Avoid common pitfalls, like functions on limited domains, or manipulations that only work if a quantity is positive

“There are some topics which are never covered at A-Level and are assumed to just be intuitive but often aren't, and this course allows you to see a more in-depth overview of how to tackle TMUA-specific questions” –Archie

Physical Problem Solving Course for PAT

For students taking PAT

Tackling the lengthiest and most challenging of Physics problems, this course will push you to your limits and get your fully prepared for your Physics, NatSci or Engineering interview and the PAT test.

Dates: To be confirmed

- Effortlessly manipulate and apply unfamiliar formulae
- Draw together knowledge from the whole of the syllabus and apply it to very challenging problems
- Employ geometry and graph sketching in Physics
- Rehearse explaining your assumptions and evaluating your results
- Dive deeper into the background and significance of familiar material

“The tutors taught Physics topics in a very different style and from a different perspective which you don't necessarily see at school - very useful!” –Rachel

October ENGAA and NSAA Course

For Students taking the ENGAA / NSAA
Time-pressure is the biggest challenge in many admissions tests. Our tutors divulge the techniques that will allow you to go quicker and answer more questions in the limited time!

Day 1: Maths and Physics Time Saving Tricks
On the first day of this course, we'll teach tricks and techniques to make you quicker at calculations and help you spot how to speed up your working in both Physics and Maths multiple-choice questions in the style of ENGAA and NSAA.
Day 2: Two Original, Timed, Live Mock Papers
On the second day, we'll be giving you two realistic mock papers for the ENGAA or NSAA (your choice), which we will then mark and discuss together. These are brand new mock papers that you won't have seen before and are up to date for the 2020 specifications. Doing practice papers in timed conditions is absolutely vital to practise the techniques we'll have taught you and to see what you still need to work on before the exam.

Dates: To be confirmed

- Speed up your calculations by spotting tricks like factors, approximations, and proportionality arguments
- Quickly apply the geometry of circles and triangles to forces, optics, and other questions
- Master all the rules of logs and indices for use in simplifying or comparing sizes of terms
- Rapidly analyse functions for their roots, stationary values, and limiting behaviour
- Apply what you’ve learned in two exclusive, brand new mock papers (Maths and Physics questions only)

“A great method for learning and practising time-saving techniques, with the questions being realistic for the ENGAA.” –Lohith

"We covered techniques that I hadn't seen at school but which definitely help in the NSAA." –Yagmur

As a Masterminder, if you wish to attend more than one of these courses, you can attend additional courses for half price.

🥈🥇💎Intensive admissions test course video catch-up replays ➤

We know you'll want revisit the course material after you attend our courses. We've put together a handy video version with all the content (specially recorded online versions) so you can:

A) Catch up if you missed anything
B) Refresh the material as many times as you need, closer to your test or interview if you attended them already

"The online course went through many different kinds of questions where the tutor clearly explained how to lay out answers as well as the method behind them." –Taher

"I learnt so much during the course and wanted to think independently about the problems at home too. The videos re-explain the content just as clearly as the tutors did live, so I really feel like I got everything out of the questions now." –Alexander

🥈🥇💎1-day subject-specific group interview course ➤

You'll either attend the Maths/Computer Science course or the Physics/Engineering Course.

Dates: To be confirmed

Generic interview prep is rarely very useful for mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and engineering, and it can be hard to find realistic interview practice for a highly technical Maths or physics interview.

This 6-hour course is completely focused on the ins and outs of a maths-based or physics-based interview. Specifically, you’ll practise answering tough, never-before-seen problems and explaining your thinking to the interviewer as you go.

Uniquely, you’ll do your interview in front of the nine other attendees and you’ll have a chance to watch their interviews too, allowing you to work through the questions in real time.

Isn’t that super stressful, I hear you ask?

Basically, yes!

And students who attended this course in the past unanimously told us that the real interviews felt easy in comparison.

“Actually doing a mock, you see the depths the interviewer would explore once you get into the question, which you don't get just from looking up interview questions online. And it's fascinating to see everyone else's mocks and their different approaches." –Katie

"The mock interview helped me to practise how to take advice onboard while attempting a question. It was also very useful in getting used to the sorts of thought process you need to carry out, such as starting with a concrete case and then generalising.
The tutor who asked the interview questions and the tutor who gave feedback afterwards were both very friendly, and they went over the different aspects of your interview in depth to explain what went well and how to improve on other areas." - Thomas


🥈🥇💎Exclusive Weekly Maths and Physics Workshops With Tutors ➤

We'll run through a huge variety of questions and problem-solving techniques in our live weekly call, happening every week.

Our tutors will be equipped with challenging admissions-style questions to keep you on your toes, which we'll analyse and answer using our P.R.O.F. methodology!

The sessions are highly interactive and you can always ask questions to resolve questions that are troubling you or misunderstandings that are holding you back.

You'll also be able to learn a lot from watching other students' approaches - ones you might not even have thought to try yourself!


🥇💎GOLD / DIAMOND EXCLUSIVE 1: 20 / 40 hours of 1-1 tuition  

Not currently available outside of this package, we are offering up to 40 hours of tuition with our esteemed tutors.

Honestly, the value of every minute with our expert tutors in a ONE-TO-ONE setting is IMMENSE.

This tuition is highly recommended for international students, as it will also allow us to go through other aspects of your application, such as university choice.

✔️ We don't take a one-size-fits-all approach: all of our advice is made-to-measure

✔️ Turn formidable questions into a piece of cake

✔️ Includes weekly marked homework

✔️ These sessions can be used for ANYTHING you want:

- Personal statement help
- Admissions test prep
- Interview prep
- Discussing marked mock exams
- Mock interviews
- A-level support
- Useful vocabulary for international students
- General Oxbridge questions
- Super-curricular enrichment

"I'm so pleased to let you know I got into Cambridge. Having the support from Chris really helped me keep on track with my STEP practice. It was extremely useful to be shown alternative methods for each STEP question, and to get pointers for questions I had been stuck on." –Kathryn

🥇💎GOLD / DIAMOND EXCLUSIVE 2: 3x / 6x 1-1 Mock Interviews 

The pressure of an Oxbridge interview is real. The number of truly exceptional students that have walked into an interview only to succumb to their nerves is incredible.

Our 1-1 interviews help you avoid this situation and allow you to walk into your interview with confidence.

You'll get three mock interviews in a two hour session, with detailed feedback after each one.

Becoming comfortable solving tough problems in your subject “out loud” takes some getting used to! Our expert tutors emulate the interview process so you are fully prepared!

"Working with other people and knowledgeable tutors has helped me a lot to think about STEP in new ways. It has also helped me understand the A Level syllabus to a much deeper level." –Will
"I would recommend the Physics problem-solving course to anyone because you get so many insights into difficult problems and I feel it has massively improved my problem-solving skills overall." –Rohin
"Numerous ways of showing how to solve problems fast, detailed, concise explanations, and useful topics, such as electricity and circuits." –Miyabi
"The tutors teach you to decompose problems into smaller parts that are easier to solve before combining your findings to form your solution. It's very challenging but it's great if you want to have a strong performance in MAT." –Tobias

Our triple satisfaction guarantee to you:

We are sure that no other organisation offers such a comprehensive and rigorous package of online and group courses specifically for Maths and Physics admissions test and interview preparation. In the unlikely event that you do find an identical package at a lower price, carried out by tutors with comparable credentials, we guarantee to match the price.
We guarantee the quality of our tutors. All of our tutors are either Oxbridge-educated or hold a PhD from a Russell Group University in a relevant subject. Our tutors go through an intense selection process before they qualify to work with us, and even after that they undergo further training to shape them into the best teachers possible.
There is a 14-day money-back guarantee available to students who attend the first two weekly Q&A sessions and send us their notes and marked questions to prove that they have used the online resources. If you have done both of these and you still don't feel that the programme will benefit you on your journey to Oxbridge, just let us know and we would be happy to refund you your full payment. Please note that, if you have had some 1-1 tuition sessions with us, these will still be payable.

Check out these videos before you miss out!


Q: I already have the online resources as part of the Platinum Online Bundle, so I don't need these again.
A: Not to worry, send us a message at with the order number of your previous bundle and we'll send you a way to purchase the bundle at a further discount.

Q: I don't know which subject I want to study yet. Can I still sign up to the Mastermind?
A: As a Mastermind student, you get access to ALL of the workshops that we run, and one summer course and one October course (or equivalent). These will initially be allocated to you when you choose the course, but if you change your mind, half way through the year, we can reallocate the courses you have access to.

Q: What happens if I can't make one of the dates?
A: Everything we do here at the Oxbridge Formula is highly interactive, so you will get a much better experience if you can attend live. Therefore, we recommend you plan around the dates of the intensive courses if possible. Nonetheless, if you absolutely cannot attend, you will also have access to pre-recorded versions after each course has taken place. If practical, we also intend to record parts of the skills workshops. Please note that we are not able to share a recording of the interview group course.

Q: Who is the Oxbridge Mastermind aimed at?
A: The Mastermind is for students who are aiming for 2023 entry or deferred entry in 2024.

Q: I'm applying for Maths at Cambridge, so my test isn't until June 2023. 
A: If you are applying for Maths at Cambridge, this Mastermind is Part 1 of our offering. Part 2 is our separate Mastermind for Year 13 STEP students, which runs from January of Year 13 until STEP takes place in June of Year 13.

Q: Is the Oxbridge Mastermind for me?
A: When you apply, you will complete a baseline academic assessment and discuss with us your motivations for applying to Oxbridge to allow us to determine if you are a good fit for the Mastermind. We only work with highly motivated and determined students as our programme requires a good deal of independent study on top of the classes and courses on offer. To be successful, students will need to spend several hours each week on independent study, a level of commitment is required of all students. 

What are the full contents of the
Oxbridge Mastermind?


500+ exclusive online past paper video solutions and practice questions

4-day intensive admissions test summer school

2-4 days of intensive admissions test group coaching in October (or equivalent)

Intensive admissions test course video catch-up replays

​1-day group interview course specific to your subject

MASTERMIND ​BONUS: Weekly Maths and Physics 'Ask-Me-Anything' Live Q&A Sessions with our expert tutors

A suggested week-by-week study programme to keep you on track

Total hours: 189




20 hours of 1-1 tuition


3x 1-1 mock interviews

Total hours: 211




40 hours of 1-1 tuition


6x 1-1 mock interviews

Total hours: 233

Meet some of our tutoring team...


A first-class Oxford graduate and qualified classroom teacher, Paarul is the founder and visionary behind The Oxbridge Formula and author of The Oxbridge Formula book.

Having been an Oxbridge Mentor in a top-10 London independent school and garnered more than 10 years teaching experience, she is committed to helping students fulfil the heights of their potential through hard work, a growth mindset and plenty of problem solving. Together with Lead Tutor Chris, she has helped nearly 3000 students with their Oxbridge applications.


The Oxbridge Formula’s Senior Oxbridge Tutor, Chris is a first-class Oxford Masters’ graduate with 7 years’ experience mentoring Oxbridge candidates to success. He is the co-author of The Oxbridge Formula and responsible for co-creating many of The Oxbridge Formula’s sell-out admissions test preparation courses.

With experience working with students individually and in groups, Chris heads up the tutoring team and ensures a high standard of education is maintained throughout all of The Oxbridge Formula’s courses.


With a doctorate in Maths and currently working as a maths lecturer at Imperial College London, Sam knows exactly what admissions tutors are looking for. He’s been working with The Oxbridge Formula since its inception and has been instrumental in developing our courses as a highly valued member of our tutoring team. Not just a maths whizz, Sam is an experienced, confident teacher, great at explaining new concepts simply & working through solutions with a group.


A key member of our tutoring team, Adam graduated with a First from Cambridge, did a PhD in Maths at Imperial, and has now popped back to Cambridge to do a postdoc. What a trajectory! He has a knack for drawing links between seemingly unconnected bits of maths. Experienced as both a group and one-to-one tutor, Adam is a strong communicator and expert problem solver, excited to take on new challenges with students.


Rohan holds a distinction in his Master's in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Oxford, after achieving a first in every year of the undergraduate degree. He is pursuing a Master's in Statistics and Financial Mathematics and is looking to undertake a PhD.

An outstanding problem solver with a deep understanding of Physics, Rohan has created a great many resources for The Oxbridge Formula and frequently tutors for us. He is a very skilled mathematician, adept at applying mathematical tricks in Physics problems.


Harry holds a first-class Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, having specialised in Physics and Astronomy. Currently studying for a PhD in Astronomy, he regularly teaches undergraduate physicists at university.

A highly insightful and patient tutor, Harry regularly teaches on courses put on by The Oxbridge Formula designed for students sitting the PAT, ENGAA, and NSAA, admissions tests for Oxford and Cambridge respectively.

+ 27 other highly qualified tutors...

You can’t get a world-class standard of education from just anyone. 

All of our tutors go through an intensive selection process, allowing us to handpick the true experts in their field. All of our tutors:

  • Have first class degrees from Oxford or Cambridge, or are on course to get one, or hold a PhD from a Russell Group university 
  • Are put through multiple rounds of interviews
  • Must deliver successful sample lessons
  • Can communicate complex ideas efficiently and engagingly
  • Are further coached in tutoring techniques
"The tutors are really friendly and helpful, but also highly knowledgeable, meaning that they can easily see where you were going in your mathematical thinking, and show you how to alter it to tackle the questions better.–Lota
"The tutors' explanations are a good balance between hints to nudge me forward without giving away the answer, useful interventions when I'm stuck, and full explanations at the end of each question." –Owen

Success Stories

Meet Giacomo (Physics & Philosophy at Oxford)

"Having failed to secure an interview when applied the first time, I reapplied in the knowledge that I would have to drastically improve my preparation.

So, I was fortunate to come across your in-person courses. They're clearly designed to tackle the specific challenges of Maths and Physics entrance tests such as speeding up calculations and getting used to applying known physics to unfamiliar situations. And one of the questions we addressed actually appeared in a modified form in the 2019 PAT!

I found the courses challenging, engaging and particularly fruitful for honing essential skills for the entrance test through clear explanations and multiple example questions.

These courses proved invaluable for my application, as applying the skills I’d developed through the courses helped me succeed in the PAT and ultimately secure a place at Balliol."

Meet Emma (Maths at Oxford)

"I wanted to let you know that I got my Oxford offer, so attending the course obviously paid off :)

I would definitely recommend it because it gave me a good insight into the style of question you face in the MAT. The helpers were very friendly and helpful and would always ensure that I understood everything as the course progressed. I found the group work useful in order to discuss ideas with the other students before going through the solution with the tutor.

The last day was focused on sketching graphs and I felt more confident with MAT questions on them afterwards as I learnt different approaches that I would not have been able to consider before."

Meet Bijal (Maths at Cambridge)

“It was great to be able to work with so many skilled mathematicians who were also struggling with STEP and to solve the questions together. The tutors were friendly, taught all the material and offered excellent help. It was great to work through the solutions as a class after attempting them individually.

I got a grade 1 in STEP 2 and a grade 2 in STEP 3 (one mark of a 1) and 4 A*s at A Level. I got a place at University of Cambridge to study Mathematics.

I just wanted to say thank you to all the teachers at The Oxbridge Formula. These courses are why I was able to attempt the STEP examinations. Thank you for teaching us all the different techniques, methods and tricks. The feedback for the mock was also very useful and really helped with the June exams.”

Meet Piyush (Physical Natural Sciences at Trinity CollegeCambridge)

“I found the NSAA courses extremely informative, well-organised, and helpful for exam strategy and problem solving. The concepts were explained very well. I would definitely recommend them. 

I also thought the mock interview was very thorough, and it was good to watch others to get their different perspectives and ways of thinking.

I got my offer and I'm going to Trinity College. Thanks for all the help and support you provided at the courses!”

Meet Jack (Physical Natural Sciences at Sidney Sussex CollegeCambridge)

"The mock interview was very very useful. Just having a mock with a teacher from your school feels too easy compared to a real interview because you know each other, whereas I felt this was much closer to the real thing.
I also found the extra Physics and Maths questions for the NSAA really helped me. There wasn't much else available because the NSAA is still so new.

The group courses gave me a really good idea what I needed to work on before the test, and I also felt I saved time because of what we'd learned on the course."

Meet Manjari (Maths at Cambridge)

"The absolute best part of this course was that it gave me confidence in my own ability, which doing questions alone at home never did.

The teachers were friendly and supportive and hinted at how to approach a problem, allowing us to figure it out for ourselves rather than simply giving us answers. The course also helped me to understand the best ways to approach STEP questions, breaking down each question into smaller, more manageable problems.

Another major benefit was being in an environment which allowed us to discuss problems with other STEP students and learn from each other’s ideas, something that wasn’t available to me at home.

I got 4 A*s and a 1 in STEP 3 and a 2 in STEP 2, but still got my Cambridge place because I was only a few marks off a 1. The courses really really helped me and I definitely wouldn’t have done as well without them – I’ve been recommending the courses to people I know doing STEP."

Meet Oscar (Maths at Cambridge)

"The course was well-structured and helpful. I went on feeling much more confident about STEP III than before. Moreover, the environment is perfect for learning – excellent teaching and effective methodology.

Some new things I learned are: probability generating functions, techniques for spring problems, oblique asymptotes, and Leibniz’ differentiation rule.

I achieved SSS in the three STEP exams and I am going to read Maths at Cambridge in October! Thank you STEPMaths for the excellent support."

Meet Aadi (now reading Computer Science at Oxford)

“I attended the Summer and October MAT Courses and also the Computer Science interview session with The Oxbridge Formula. It was really beneficial to see the tutors, who were clearly brilliant, explain the concepts so thoroughly.

This included questions 6 and 7, for which the online resources were extremely helpful. I know that I would not have got into Oxford without the help of The Oxbridge Formula, especially as one of the questions that came up in my interview was really similar to one I observed on the interview day. A huge thanks to the whole team for running such a well organised programme!”

Meet Jess (Maths & Philosophy at Oxford)

"At first I felt daunted by the extra steps in applying for Oxford - the MAT and interview.

However, both the online resources and the live MAT courses I attended provided invaluable help with my application.

With that support, I managed to get an offer and then a place, so I'm now studying Maths and Philosophy at St Hilda's in Oxford. Thank you so much for all your help!"

Meet Josh (Maths at Cambridge)

"I was really struggling with STEP III topics before I went on the Easter course as at school I'd learned the topics but hadn't understood them in depth.

Before I came on the course it wasn’t likely I was going to meet my offer for Mathematics, but the course helped strengthened my knowledge and allowed me to access a far wider range of topics in the exam.

Thanks to this I managed to get the grades and get my place at Cambridge. I was also only 3 marks off a perfect 120 score in STEP 1. I was absolutely thrilled and wanted to say thanks so much for your help over the course! It landed me a place at Cambridge which I’m very happy with :)"

Meet James (Maths at Cambridge)

"When I attended my first STEP course, I had begun tackling STEP questions but I had had no guidance beyond the somewhat limited official solutions. The first course taught me how to formally lay out my argument as well as teaching me various tricks to arrive at an answer quicker. So, for me at least, it turned my ability to solve a problem and understand the principles into being able to produce a well written answer which will gain significantly more marks in a STEP exam.

The courses I attended also focused on specific areas such as trig and working with graphs, which gave me more confidence on these specific types of questions.

I got 1SS, specifically: 100 in STEP 1, 98 in STEP 2 and 91 in STEP 3. I will be studying Maths at Clare College Cambridge.  Thank you for running these courses, and I hope they continue in the future!"

Meet Amelie (Engineering at Oxford)

“As an applicant, I was confronted by the daunting Oxbridge application process. Though PAT papers were available online, there were no official mark schemes and unofficial ones were often confusing. 

The Oxbridge Formula’s PAT Programme offered clear step-by-step solution videos for each PAT past paper question and introduced me to new and useful methods to answer PAT-style questions. This allowed me to enter my exam and interview feeling prepared and able to successfully answer more questions than would otherwise have been possible.

I received 4A*s on results day and got into Oxford, to study Engineering Science.”

Meet Bartol (Engineering at Oxford)

"I applied to the Oxbridge Formula with limited knowledge about the PAT and how to approach applying to Oxford and left with that and so much more. Video solutions to past papers balanced with exercises to test and stretch a student’s knowledge are unique ways in which the Oxbridge Formula prepares its students for such a daunting process.

The PAT is especially notorious for hiding Year 13 Maths and Physics in its syllabus and the Oxbridge Formula covers all of these challenging topics in a concise and easy-to-follow format.

Having gained a place to study Engineering Science at Oxford, I will forever know that using programme provided by the Oxbridge Formula made all the difference in building my confidence in the PAT as well as in my success overall."

Meet Mikey (Physics at Oxford)

"I particularly appreciated the opportunity to do a realistic subject-focused mock interview that I wouldn't have got to do at school otherwise. I received a realistic amount of help from the interviewer and then got lots of useful feedback that I could act on in preparation for the real thing.

It was also really useful getting such a wide variety of supplied questions and seeing the range of ways the other students reacted and answered.

I'm now studying at Oxford, so thank you for all your help!"

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"I really liked how we began each topic by addressing the fundamentals, as it really simplified the process of answering such challenging questions. 

There was always help available when we were working individually, and the group work and whole class demonstrations really helped as you learnt new methods of problem solving. I would definitely recommend to anyone sitting STEP papers."

"This course was incredible. The problems were challenging but rewarding. The presenters friendly as well as being clear in their explanations.
I enjoyed learning the best ways to tackle STEP problems as well as learning with other students who are at a similar level in maths."

"It was great to work with other mathematicians on high level maths problems and to also see different approaches to problems.
The tutors are all really helpful and approachable, which makes such a difference. Working on hard questions with people able to give hints and suggestions is really useful, as you know someone will be able to explain it if you don't understand it. The preparatory questions before tackling questions are also useful as they get you in the zone."

"The friendly and knowledgeable staff provided elegant worked through solutions by various methods and very useful help on questions when necessary. They break down questions so that they are easier to tackle and provide starter questions to get the students looking for the right methods to tackle a problem.
I have learnt several mathematical techniques and have improved my understanding of mathematical concepts that I was already familiar with as well.
It has also been nice to meet and work with fellow mathematicians who will most likely be attending similar universities to me. This is particularly encouraging because you get the chance to meet people who are going to have to sit the same difficult exam as you."

"It was a great opportunity to start preparing for STEP in a friendly environment with the chance of asking for help whenever needed. The low student-teacher ratio meant that 1-1 help was often provided and this helped clarify many ideas.
I would recommend the course to anyone thinking of taking STEP and looking to learn new maths."

"The course required hard work, but was also a lot of fun. Everyone there was interested in learning and so the atmosphere was conducive to studying.
I really liked that before we delved into any STEP question, we covered preparatory questions so that I had a clue how to start each question. Everyone was very supportive and friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed the group work."

"The concepts were clearly and thoroughly explained. This was a good opportunity to work in groups, discussing ideas with other people, and I was able to learn a lot this way.
The tutors were very friendly and willing to provide individual help as well, so overall this course was a valuable experience."

"There was a good-sized class of students eager to learn, with a good teacher to student ratio - whenever help was needed it was available. The tutors encouraged us to think for ourselves and to persevere even when the maths was difficult, which helped to challenge ourselves to learn new things.

We were given the chance to work things out in pairs and share our solutions, which allowed everyone the opportunity to attempt questions and learn.  It was a great opportunity to make new friends and receive help and good tuition from helpful teachers. I had fun stretching myself and learning new maths!"

"Working with other students on tough maths problems is not something that everyone can experience at school - being able to discuss complex ideas and get hints and different approaches from each other is not just invaluable preparation for STEP, but also strengthens your mathematical ability in general.
The tutors were also keen and willing to help where they could, offering just the right amount of support and encouragement to help you progress.
Thank you :-) "

"The workshop is very helpful. It helps me find out the aspects that I need to improve and figure out the bits that made no sense to me before. Tutors are very helpful and they check through your working all the way. I benefited a lot from it."


"I have learnt how to think about questions differently and to fully understand what the question is asking, which I would not have done on my own, so thank you!"

"I would recommend the courses to people who struggle with tying different topics together within a question and also for tips on how to break down harder problems."

"Very enjoyable! We were constantly presented with tough questions in a very similar style to the exam. Good pacing and great explanations."

"The structure of the programme is very useful and it covers all major topics. The timed practice we did was also very helpful, and it let me see which areas I needed to work on and how to improve."

"The tutors worked at a good pace and thoroughly explained everything. If you had not yet covered the material in school then they were able to explain it both quickly and effectively. All of the tutors were very helpful and were willing to assist you if you were stuck.
Overall I am very happy that I was on this programme and would encourage others to do it too, as I feel it was very beneficial and a great help in the whole application process."

"The tutors taught physics topics in a very different style and from a different perspective which you don't necessarily see at school - very useful!"

"The tutors cover a wide range of important topics, which is really useful. I would especially recommend it if you want to review particular topics and also pick up some tricks to improve your efficiency."

"The best thing about the course was being able to cover topics that I hadn't seen before in school. I also liked covering how to answer questions quickly without a calculator, as you're not allowed one in the ENGAA!"

"The best things about the programme were the excellent teaching, low class sizes and how it is both good preparation for the NSAA specifically and also a way to improve at Maths and Physics more generally.

I had previously attended a residential course run by another organisation and the teaching was not as good as focused or easy to follow as on this programme."

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