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The University of Liverpool Maths School is more than its pupils and teachers. As the first specialist maths school in the North, we are committed to nurturing mathematical and scientific potential across the region. We aim to provide students from all backgrounds with the tools, confidence and opportunities to achieve their academic potential. Our outreach activities are free.

Outreach Offerings

We offer a variety of Outreach sessions including our online courses in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. To sign up to one of our courses see the table below.

Our other outreach activities include visiting schools for assemblies and workshops, school visits at ULMaS, mock interview interviews, Saturday Taster days and Summer school.

Online Evening Outreach Classes

New courses will be starting in January 2022 which will be available for sign ups soon.

Maths

Physics

Computer Science

KS3 Computer Science

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is aimed at Year 9 Students interested in taking Computer Science at GCSE. You will learn about hardware & software, logic, algorithms, programming techniques using python and data representation.

Further Maths GCSE

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught by Niall Thompson, ULMaS Head of Outreach. It is aimed specifically at Year 10 students looking to pursue the topics in Further Maths GCSE.

Advanced Maths Problem Solving

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is open to year 10 and 11 students who want to improve their skills in solving problems such as those UKMT Challenges and BMOs.

Introduction to A-Level Algebra: Starting Jan 2022

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

If you are a Year 11 student considering A level Mathematics as an option after GCSE study, this course aims to consolidate and extend some of the key skills required in Year 12 and 13.

Stretch to Grade 7 GCSE

Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This course will be taught ULMaS maths teacher Michael Prescott, and is Aimed at year 10 and 11 students who would like to aim for grade 7 at GCSE.

GCSE Physics Masterclass

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course will be an opportunity for keen physicists to apply the knowledge they are learning during GCSE study to complicated scenarios across the main areas of physics.

Preparing for A-Level Physics: Starting Spring 2022

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is designed to support students moving up to A-Level Physics.

Astronomy GCSE: Starting January 2022

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Explore the KS3 curriculum content in more detail as we cover topics from GCSE Physics and Astronomy. Key astronomical events will be discussed giving you a chance to marvel at and understand the night sky.

KS4 Python Programming

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lead by our Head of Computer Science, Steve Wentworth. This course is aimed at year 10 and 11 students interested in problem solving and python programming skills.

STEP/MAT Preparation

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Aimed at Year 13 students, this online course is taught online by ULMaS Head of Outreach Niall Thompson. The aim is to prepare for elite university admissions tests for mathematics.

NEW: Aspiring Mathematicians Programme

Tuesday 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

This online course is taught by ULMaS Head of Outreach Niall Thompson, and is for Year 12 and 13 students applying to study Maths at University.

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STEP/MAT Preparation

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

It will be of particular interest to candidates whose anticipated offer will require STEP, the Oxford MAT or the TMUA. The course may also be of use to aspiring Oxford Computer Science students. Running at 3:30pm every Tuesday for 45 minutes, it will give sixth form students an opportunity to work on typical examples from each of the admissions test in detail. Initially, the focus will be on the Oxford MAT due to the earlier deadline, but we anticipate that as time progresses the course will be of greater interest to students preparing for STEP at the end of the school year. The course is open to anybody, but you will need to provide a contact email address for the school you attend so that we can check who you are and confirm your place.

The course is open to Year 13 students in schools in Merseyside and the North West. You will need to provide a contact email address for the school you attend so that we can check who you are and confirm your suitability for a place. We will let your school know that you are taking part and may occasionally update them on your progress or contact them if we have any concerns.

Lessons take place at 4.30pm on Tuesdays during school term from 21st September. Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.  The course is expected to run through most of the school year.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

The course is open to Year 13 students in schools in Merseyside and the North West. You will need to provide a contact email address for the school you attend so that we can check who you are and confirm your suitability for a place. We will let your school know that you are taking part and may occasionally update them on your progress or contact them if we have any concerns.

Click here to apply for a place on the STEP/MAT Preparation Course for Key Stage 5 Students

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Further Maths GCSE

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

If you are a Year 10 student doing well in Maths, then Further Maths GCSE is a great way to build on your existing skills to broaden your knowledge of Maths, and ULMaS is excited to be delivering a course rarely delivered in Secondary Schools to the keenest Mathematicians across our region. This course will introduce you to branches of Maths most Secondary students would not usually study, including Calculus and Matrices which both have numerous real world applications. An excellent first foray into topics covered in A Level Maths and A Level Further Maths, we hope this course will help current GCSE students make the transition to A Level study, keeping your STEM subject options wide open for a huge variety of competitive university courses.

Please note that this course is not intended for Year 11 students, as it will run over a calendar year until January 2022. If you are currently in Year 11 and want to take part in ULMaS outreach courses, then you might like to join our Year 11 Algebra for A Level course, which will run from spring until the end of the academic year.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

Registration for this course is currently closed. For new Year 10 students wanting to take part in this course, registrations for the version starting later in the year will be available for the course running January 2022 to December 2022.

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NEW: Aspiring Mathematicians Programme

Tuesday 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

This online course is taught by ULMaS Head of Outreach Niall Thompson, and is for Year 12 and 13 students applying to study Maths at University.

It will be of particular interest to candidates whose anticipated offer will require STEP, the Oxford MAT or the TMUA. The course may also be of use to aspiring Oxford Computer Science students. Running at 4:30pm every Tuesday for 45 minutes for Year 13 only, then from 5:15pm for 45 minutes for Year 12 and 13, it will give sixth form students an opportunity to work on typical examples from each of the admissions tests in detail. Initially, the focus will be on the Oxford MAT due to the earlier deadline, but we anticipate that as time progresses the course will be of greater interest to students preparing for STEP at the end of the school year. The course is open to anybody, but you will need to provide a contact email address for the school you attend so that we can check who you are and confirm your place.

Click here for a place on the Aspiring Mathematicians Programme for year 12 & 13 students

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Advanced Maths Problem Solving

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught online by ULMaS Headteacher Damian Haigh. This course is open to year 10 and 11 students who want to improve their skills in solving problems such as those UKMT Challenges and BMOs. We’ll also explore some interesting mathematics topics beyond GCSE and related to A-Level Maths and Further Maths.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

This course will be running every Monday at 4.30pm starting on Monday 13th September 2021

Click here to apply to Advanced Maths Problem Solving

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GCSE Physics Masterclass

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Led by our ULMaS Assistant Headteacher, David Hemsley. This course will be an opportunity for keen physicists to apply the knowledge they are learning during GCSE study to complicated scenarios across the main areas of physics, in particular Electricity, Forces, Waves and Energy. Participants will then go on to explore how the subject is developed further at A-Level, forming clear links between their current and future study and offering a taste of advanced physics. Year 10 and 11 students with an interest in physics should find this course both challenging and enjoyable, and are all welcome to attend.

This course will be running every Wednesday at 4.30pm starting on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

The course is open to year 10 and 11 students in schools in Merseyside and the North West. You will need to provide a contact email address for the school you attend so that we can check who you are and confirm your suitability for a place. We will let your school know that you are taking part and may occasionally update them on your progress or contact them if we have any concerns.

Click here to apply to GCSE Physics Masterclass

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Preparing for A-Level Physics: Starting Spring 2022

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is aimed at Y11 pupils who are preparing to take physics at A-Level. The focus of this course is looking at GCSE topics from a more-advanced angle, helping you to start thinking as a physicist and the higher rigour required at A-Level standard.

This course will not commence until Spring 2022.

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Astronomy GCSE: Starting January 2022

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Delivered by Assistant Headteacher, Dave Hemsley, this course is aimed at Year 9 and 10 students. We will cover some of the basic and more advanced elements of astronomy, covering large parts of the GCSE Astronomy specification; geophysics, observing the moon, orbital physics, using mathematics for observations, tides, eclipses, measurements of time, solar system observations, celestial observations, astronavigation, using star charts, historical development of understanding, Kepler’s laws, Newton’s law of gravitation.

 

We will also look at more advanced astronomy and astrophysics and consider some of the largest unsolved mysteries in cosmology, giving an insight into what studying astronomy and astrophysics at university might be like.

 

Advice about interesting events and observations will also be covered. Given the interactive nature of these classes we can explore student interests and I look forward to planning lessons based on what students want to learn about.

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Introduction to A-Level Algebra: Starting Jan 2022

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Your confidence for GCSE examinations will be boosted by revising topics from the Higher Tier of GCSE content and you will discover how these are extended and applied at A level. 

 

The aim is that students participating in this course become more confident in selecting Mathematics as one of their A level choices, whilst also finding the transition a more comfortable one as they are familiar with some of the content. Regardless of where students study after their GCSE exams, we hope that this Outreach programme allows them to thrive in their A level studies.

 

This course will commence January 2022. Applications are not currently open.

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Stretch to Grade 7 GCSE

Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This course will be taught by ULMaS Teacher of Mathematics, Michael Prescott. If you are a Year 10 or 11 student who would like to aim for grade 7 at GCSE and the opportunities this unlocks at A-level and beyond, this course will cover the key topics and techniques to achieve your goal.

We are very aware that across the region, many students discover the importance of doing well in maths a bit later than is ideal, and are left having to work really hard to get a good enough grade to be accepted on A-Level Mathematics, which in turn limits the degree opportunities for STEM disciplines. This course is therefore designed to take students with aspirations of grade 7, but who are currently working at grade 5 or 6, through all of the GCSE core areas to boost confidence and mathematical rigour. It is currently open to any Year 10 and 11 students who want this additional support during their current GCSE studies.

Click here to apply to Stretch to Grade 7 GCSE

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KS4 Python Programming

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lead by our Head of Computer Science, Steve Wentworth and is aimed towards year 10 and 11 students interested in problem solving and python programming skills. Starting with the three basic programming constructs of sequence, selection and iteration, then leading on to modularisation through procedures and functions, string manipulation, file handling, lists, dictionaries and more.

This course is aimed to support your problem solving and python programming skills, and in turn will provide a deeper understanding for your algorithms and problem solving exam paper.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

This course will be held on Tuesdays at 4.30pm.

Click here to apply to KS4 Python Programming

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KS3 Computer Science

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught by Steve Wentworth, Head of Computer Science at ULMaS and is aimed at Year 9 Students interested in Computer Science.

The course is based on the OCR Entry Level Computer Science qualification. You will learn about computer hardware and software, memory and storage, computer legislation and ethics, Logic, Algorithms, programming techniques using python and data representation.

This course will take place on Mondays at 4.30pm

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

Click here to apply to KS3 Preparation for GCSE Computer Science



An example of what to expect from our online lessons

Participation Requirements

There is no charge to take part in any of our online courses, but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

For all our courses, you will need:
– a quiet place to work at home or school
– a computer or tablet that can join a Zoom meeting (microphone and camera not necessary) [if this is a problem please apply anyway and we’ll try to find a way to help]
– to be able to join our Google Classroom (you may need to use a personal Google account for this as your school account may not be able to join our classroom)
– the commitment and time to complete work set outside lessons
– pencil and paper

Activities for schools

We have obviously not been able to run outreach activities as we would like for larger groups in our school and in other schools around the region. Restrictions are lifting and we have a range of experiences for students around the region to enhance their interest in the mathematical sciences. This includes our new STEMmaster activity which is based on the popular TV show, Taskmaster. If you are interested in this or any other outreach and want to find out more please email outreach@liverpoolmathsschool.org

We will shortly update this page with all we can offer schools in the region in our subjects of Maths, Physics and Computer Science.

 

 


Evening Classes

From October 2019 to March 2020 the Maths School has held a series of classes on campus encouraging students from Years 9 to 11 to think differently about mathematics.

We have now moved to an online mode of delivery (see above)


 Autumn School Workshops

Held during half term in October 2019 attendees spent the day on campus hearing from Headteacher Damian Haigh, juggling Merseyside mathematician Colin Wright and others.


Easter School Workshops

Held during the Easter break, these school workshops were aimed at students from across the Liverpool City Region in Years 10 and 11.

In April 2019 six schools hosted the first series of Maths School’s Easter events, one from each borough of Liverpool. Over 150 GCSE students took part in activities including revision sessions, problem-solving and confidence building aimed at supporting students attain the highest grades in their mathematics GCSE.


School Visits

If your school is interested in hosting an ULMaS workshop sharing the joy and benefits of maths, physics or computer science with your pupils, we can support you in delivering bespoke enrichment sessions to students from Year 5 through to Year 11.

Programmes could involve:

If you would like to get involved or find out more about any of our activities, or if you are a local teacher who would like to know more, please do get in touch with our team by emailing outreach@liverpoolmathsschool.org

We also had very successful Y11 and Y12 summer schools in July which received very positive feedback.

Year 11 Summer School Feedback

“Helped to influence A-level decisions”
“Increased my aptitude for maths and physics”
“I’m even more excited about A levels now”
“It has given me consolidation of GCSE content whilst involving A-Level work too”
“Made me more confident with my reasoning and explaining how I came to a conclusion or idea”
“They have helped me solidify my A level choices”
“Helped me know more about education after A-levels due to the speakers and some things to expect for A-levels”
“Maths lesson helped with bridging work for A-level”
“They have made me enjoy a challenge”
“Very interesting insights provided into areas of mathematics, physics and computer science”
“An enjoyable experience and made me think deeper about my future education and career choices”
“Interesting and challenging.”

Year 12 Summer School Feedback

“It has made the Physics Aptitude Test questions seem a lot easier, and gave me a good idea of what an interview should be like”
“Now more knowledgeable about university application processes”
“It has made me feel confident and well prepared for interviews and admissions tests”
“Made me feel more confident in my ability to answer MAT and STEP questions”
“Made me more confident with tackling harder questions, and gained a more thorough understanding of the sort of questions I could be asked in an oxbridge interview. Improved my personal statement”
“It has made me more aware of how much I enjoy maths and want to continue it at university and has helped me with all aspects of applying to uni and taking part in specific exams/interviews etc.”
“It helped me to see how I could improve with what I say during the interviews.”
“I have obtained a better way of thinking when solving mathematical problems. These skills I believe will be very useful when I go onto studying maths further. The interview sessions helped me have an idea of how it would would be like and it was really interesting.”
“The sessions have greatly improved my skills in answering PAT questions. I feel better prepared for applying to university”
“I believe these sessions have most definitely helped me with my university applications as well as preparation for admissions tests. As well as this I believe my personal statement will face a lot of improvements after the personal statement masterclass”
“It gave me a better idea of what to expect at interviews and helped with the way to work through MAT and STEP problems.”