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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.

 

 

We host a range of community and outreach activities available for students across Liverpool, for all ages and abilities.

 

New Courses for January 2021

 

KS3 Algebra Masterclass New Course Commencing 26th January

Running Tuesdays at 2:00-3:00pm 

This online course is taught online by Colin Thomas, Head of Mathematics at ULMaS.

This course is ideal for able students in Year 8 and 9 with a strong interest in Maths who want to build on their algebra skills. Based upon the Level 2 Algebra Award, this course is a solid foundation in the application of algebra and its techniques to a wide range of mathematical problems, a superb opportunity to master the basics of the subject and use it to develop your problem solving skills. Live lessons include opportunities for students to attempt problems and ask the teacher questions, and to explore enrichment opportunities and development of problem solving skills.

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lessons are expected to take place at Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm during lockdown. This may change when schools reopen. The first session will take place on 26th January.

Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.

We have not yet decided how long the course will continue for but will discuss this with students who join the course.

The course is open to Year 8 and 9 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 KS3 Algebra Masterclass

 

KS3 Preparation for GCSE Computer Science Commencing 19th January

Running Tuesdays at 4:00pm 

This online course is taught by Steve Wentworth, Head of Computer Science at ULMaS.

The University of Liverpool Maths School are offering a free online outreach course as preparation for GCSE 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, Data representation.

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lessons are expected to take place at 4:00-5:00pm every Tuesday. The first session will take place on 19th January.

Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.

We have not yet decided how long the course will continue for but will discuss this with students who join the course.

The course is open to Year 8 and 9 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 KS3 Preparation for GCSE Computer Science Course

 

Year 10 Further Maths GCSE- New Course Commencing 28th January

Running Thursdays at 4:30pm 

This online course is taught by Niall Thompson, ULMaS Head of Outreach and the Aspiring Mathematicians Programme.

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 until the end of the academic year.

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.

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lessons are expected to take place every Thursday at 4:30-5:30pm. The first session will take place on 28th January.

Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.

We have not yet decided how long the course will continue for but will discuss this with students who join the course.

The course is open to Year 10 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 Year 10 Further Maths GCSE Course

 

Year 11 Algebra for A Level Maths- New Course Commencing 28th January

Running Thursdays at 4:30pm 

This online course is taught online by Colin Thomas, Head of Maths at ULMaS.

Please note that this course is intended specifically for Year 11 students, and will run until the end of the academic year. If you are in Year 10, you might like to join our Year 10 Further Maths GCSE Course instead, which will extend into next academic year in order to cover the course in detail.

Ideal for students intending to study Maths A level, this weekly online lesson with one of our teachers includes ample opportunities for students to attempt challenging algebraic problems and get live help from a subject specialist teacher. Based around the content of the Edexcel Level 3 Algebra award, this course will be a superb foundation for further study, consolidating required GCSE knowledge alongside introducing some new concepts from the A level course

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lessons are expected to take place Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm, with the first session taking place on 28th January.

Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.

We have not yet decided how long the course will continue for but will discuss this with students who join the course.

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 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 for a place on the Year 11 Algebra for A Level Maths Course

 

Course Changes for January 2021

 

Advanced Maths Problem Solving Course for Key Stage 4 Students- New Day and Time from 11th January

Running Mondays at 4:30pm – new joiners still welcome

Aimed at Year 10 and 11 students, this online course is taught online by ULMaS Headteacher Damian Haigh. The aim is to ensure that your skills in essential areas of maths (such as arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, geometry) are strong enough to enable you to achieve a high grade at GCSE Mathematics and go on to succeed in A-Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and related courses.  We’ll ensure you’ve covered the hardest parts of the GCSE specification and gone beyond them.

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and partly because we believe many more students in our region could be taking Advanced Maths and Physics courses in Years 12 and 13.  We want to help you to reach the admissions requirements for these courses and then go on to achieve success.

Lessons take place at 4.30pm on Mondays during school term. 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 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 for a place on the Online Advanced Maths Preparation Course for Key Stage 4 Students

 

Online Maths Degree Preparation Course for Year 13 Students- New Time. Course will recommence on 26th January

Running each Tuesday at 4:30pm – new joiners still welcome

This online course is taught by ULMaS Head of Outreach, Niall Thompson and is for Year 13 students applying to study maths or strongly mathematical courses at University. It will be of particular interest to candidates whose anticipated offer will require Cambridge STEP, the Oxford MAT or the TMUA. The course may also be of use to aspiring Oxford Computer Science/ Comp Sci with Philosophy/ Maths with Philosophy students. Running at 3:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday for 45 minutes, it will give Year 13 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 Year 13 students in 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 Year 13 MAT and STEP preparation course

 

The Aspiring Mathematicians Programme for Year 12 and 13 Students of Maths and Further Maths- New Day and Time. Course will recommence on 26th January.

Running each Tuesday at 5:15pm – new joiners still welcome

This online course is taught by ULMaS Head of Outreach, Niall Thompson and is for Year 12 and 13 students applying to study maths or strongly mathematical courses at University. It will be of particular interest to candidates whose anticipated offer will require Cambridge STEP, the Oxford MAT or the TMUA. The course may also be of use to aspiring Oxford Computer Science/ Comp Sci with Philosophy/ Maths with Philosophy students.

The course is designed to be accessible to Year 12 Students, and advanced questions will be carefully chosen so that anybody studying Maths and Further Maths can take part at this early stage of Year 12. Year 13 students are, of course, welcome to attend, and might also be interested in the Year 13 version running Tuesdays at 4:30pm, immediately before this course.

Participants will be given an opportunity to work on typical examples from STEP from as early as Year 12, preparing those interested in pursuing elite university admissions to be extremely well prepared in advance of the UCAS window for their year group. Niall is a STEP enthusiast with a decade of experience supporting people with their study for the exams. In this course, he will guide you through your first experiences with some of the most challenging problems open to learners in this phase.

The course is open to Year 12 and 13 students 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 Year 12 and 13 MAT and STEP preparation course

 

Existing Courses with No Changes in 2021

 

Computer Science for Year 10 and 11

Running each Monday at 3:30 pm – new joiners still welcome

In the Autumn term the University of Liverpool Maths school has offered a free to attend online course on Python Programming, the recordings for these are still available to view. During Spring term we will be offering a course on Computer Science Algorithms, design to assist students in answer question in the Algorithms and problem solving exam paper. The course will also show how to plan, design, and write these algorithms in pseudocode, OCR reference language or Python.

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

Our algorithms course will be held online via zoom on Mondays 3:30 – 4:30 continuing on Monday 4th January 2021 and running through until the end of the academic year. If you are currently studying GCSE Computer Science in year 10 or 11 and would like to attend our in-depth algorithms course then please register using the form below.

 

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and partly because we believe many more students in our region could be preparing for elite undergraduate courses in STEM.

Lessons take place at 3.30pm on Mondays. Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.  The course will run throughout the academic year.

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 for a place on the Algorithms Course for Year 10 and 11

 

Problem Solving in Advanced Physics for Year 12 and 13.

Running each Wednesday at 3:30pm – new joiners still welcome

Aimed at Year 12 and 13, this course will be an opportunity for keen physicists to apply the knowledge they are learning during A Level study to more complicated and involved scenarios. In particular, participants will look at questions from the Oxford PAT exams and the Physics Olympiads, and aims to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills applied to advanced physics. Every week, questions will be provided in advance, giving participants time to think how they might approach the questions before discussing them in detail in the sessions.

We’re providing this course partly because we want to help students whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and partly because we believe many more students in our region could be preparing for elite undergraduate courses in STEM.

Lessons take place at 3.30pm on Wednesdays. Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.  The course will run throughout the academic year.

The course is open to Year 12 and 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 Problem Solving in Advanced Physics Course for Year 12 and 13

 

GCSE Physics Masterclass for Year 10 and 11.

Running each Tuesday at 4:30pm- new joiners still welcome

This course is aimed at Year 10 and 11 students who want to study physics and maths at A-Level. Students who are aiming to achieve a grade 7 or above can sign up for this course which will begin on Tuesday 10th November. The course will revisit the more complex topics in physics and review the key knowledge that helps to access the higher grades. Through the course we will cover topics on Electricity, Forces, Waves and Energy as these are the key underlying principles in physics. There will also be previews of A-level content and how the work links to Maths and what career paths the topics could lead to. The aim is to inspire students to take their love for physics further through studying it at A-level and beyond.

Lessons take place at 4.30pm on Tuesdays. Recordings will be available for those who have to miss lessons, but regular attendance is expected.  The course will run throughout the academic year.

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 for a place on the GCSE Physics Masterclass for Year 10 and 11

 

 

 

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

 

 

 


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