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This is the NRICH collection of materials to help you to prepare for university and to help you to appreciate how exciting and interesting advanced mathematics and its applications can be. You might have already chosen a course or might be thinking about which university subject would best suit your interests. You might even have been to university and want to see how mathematics works in a
discipline other than your own!
In this collection there are small selections of problems to do and articles to read. We suggest that you take your time over these to allow yourself to really get involved with the concepts, some of which might seem rather unusual. We have chosen the material to cover both core mathematical topics and mathematical styles of thinking that are useful at university.
If you are planning to apply to a university that uses STEP as part of its conditional offers, you may find our free online STEP Support Programme helpful.
Helpful preparation for those intending to study a course involving pure mathematics at university.
Helpful preparation for university for those intending to study a course involving applied mathematics at university.
Mathmo is a revision tool for post-16 mathematics. It's great installed as a smartphone app, but it works well in pads and desktops and notebooks too. Give yourself a mathematical workout!
An article about the kind of maths a first year undergraduate in physics, engineering and other physical sciences courses might encounter. The aim is to highlight the link between particular maths topics (e.g. complex numbers) and their applications.
This page gives advice on mathematical preparation for students who will be coming to Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences.
This collection of resources is designed for developing STEM at Post-16.
Helpful preparation for university for those intending to study physical sciences.
Helpful preparation for university for those intending to study engineering.
10 of our best problems to help you prepare to study chemistry at university.
Helpful preparation for university for those intending to study biological sciences.