STEP Maths Presents our:
‘Oxford PAT’ Physics Preparation Courses 2018
The Physics Aptitude Test.

The PAT Exam. A medley paper of unstructured and challenging Maths and Physics Problems, some multiple choice but mainly longer, written answers required.

Oxford specifies that all material tested may not yet have been covered in school; students are responsible for studying extra topics independently. This is where our courses can really help.

For Physics, Engineering and Materials Science at Oxford.

Our FREE PAT Guidebook answers questions such as:

  • What is the Oxford PAT Physics exam taken?
  • Which university courses Require Oxford PAT Physics exam?
  • What is the format of the Oxford PAT Physics exam?
  • What is the Oxford PAT Physics exam Syllabus?
  • What are Physics interview like at Oxford?
  • What are the Oxford PAT Physics exam Grade Boundaries?
  • Any other advice for sitting the Oxford PAT Physics exam?

Timeline of PAT Preparation Courses offered throughout the year

STEP Maths has created a series of courses covering every skill and topic needed for the Physics and Maths parts of the PAT exam.

What makes our PAT Courses special?

Other courses out there will claim to give you all the knowledge you need for the Physics part of the PAT within one day. But, given that Oxford University itself has said that you can expect to see topics which you won’t have seen at school yet, we have designed our three-day Physics Summer School to give you both in-depth understanding all of the potential areas that you could be tested on within the Physics syllabus and extensive problem-solving practice in those areas.

Moreover, we dedicate a whole day to looking at problem solving in Mathematics, which can prove unbelievably helpful in both the Physics and Maths sides of the PAT.

Currently Bookable Courses for Students Taking PAT

Currently Bookable Courses for you if you’re sitting PAT

PAT Part 2: Physics Problem Solving Course for PAT

Sun 22nd October 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 4:00pm

Pricing: £149 before 5th October. £169 Thereafter.

You will learn to:

  • 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

Please note, this course assumes knowledge of everything covered in our 3-day Physics Summer Course (PAT Part 1). If you did not attend, we recommend working through the online course before attending.

Further Information
University applicants for Physics or Engineering are expected to have outstanding problem-solving skills.

In particular, if you are taking the PAT or ENGAA entrance exams (or the Physics section of the NSAA), you will be directly tested on your ability to understand problems, pick out all important information, choose a method of evaluation or analysis, and determine an answer, all without direction as to what route to take.

Our Physics Problem-Solving Course will take you through a series of carefully crafted questions to help you build up the skills you already have and develop new ones. Among the topics we will cover are radioactivity, capacitors, circular motion, intensity, optics, and scaling laws.

You will be able to practise evaluating questions similar in topic and intent to PAT and ENGAA in the form of a collaborative group problem-solving session.

In this way, you will be able to absorb ideas from others and practise succinctly presenting your own ideas, but you will also have continual support from our tutors to guide you and expand on your own thinking where necessary.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

PAT Part 3: Maths and Physics Time-Saving  Tricks for PAT

Mon 23rd October 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 4:00pm

Pricing: £149 before 5th October. £169 Thereafter.

You will learn to:

  • Breeze through calculations by spotting factors, approximations, and hidden Pythagorean triples & special triangles
  • 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
  • Sidestep long passages of working using proportionality and dimensional analysis
Further Information
If you are taking the PAT, ENGAA, or NSAA this autumn, you will be tested on a number of skills you are unlikely to practice much at school.

In particular, you will have to work without a calculator, you will have to quickly analyse and eliminate options in multiple choice questions, and you will have to decide (with no guidance from the question) which rule or formula to use for the quickest result.

Our Time-Saving-Tricks course will lead you through a series of short questions to practise these skills and others in a structured way.

Our focus will be on simplification, avoid mistakes, and spotting the most efficient technique to apply in each question.

You will have the chance to attempt problems yourself, discuss them with others, and see a solution or solutions presented by an expert tutor so that you can see and absorb every useful strategy and be able to apply it come the exam.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

Take advantage of our Multibuy Discounts

PAT October Bundle

(PAT Parts 2 & 3)

£229 before October 5th

£299 thereafter

PAT Online Subscription Area
A massive, all-encompassing bank of online resources crafted by expert PAT tutors to get you fully prepared to take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

Example Video 

Free Trial

– Free 24-hour trial so you can check that the demonstrations, materials and videos resonate with you and will provide value

Comprehensive Resource

– Full PAT video solutions from the last 10 years

Theory Tutorials

– Physics and Maths theory, sorted and presented by topic, outlining key knowledge needed for the PAT

Multiple-Choice Component

– We’re worked tirelessly to produce a large bank of practice questions including several challenging mocks for you to try in timed conditions

Topic Based Course Video Solutions

– You’ll get post-course access to online tutorials of PAT, Physics Olympiad and Physics Challenge questions grouped by topic, mirroring our in-person courses (Annual Membership only)

Extra In-depth Questions Arranged by Topic

– Extra Maths and Physics questions for additional PAT practice, written by our specialist tutors. Extra practice can’t hurt!


– Work at your own pace; skip questions you find easy and rewatch those that you’re finding harder to understand

Early Bird Discounts

-Get access for as long as you want, and start as early as you want – our early bird pricing rewards students who start preparing early, maximising their chances of success

Early Bird Option Pricing for Online PAT Subscription:

Start your subscription before 7th August

for £50/month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Start your subscription before 7th September

for £55/month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Start your subscription before 23rd September

for £60/month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Platinum PAT Online Bundle

Includes everything from subscription plus online versions of our in-person PAT Courses (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Total value £598

Yours today from only £299

PAT In-Person courses
In July, we hold a 3-day Physics Summer School suitable for students planning to take PAT. The course covers parts of the PAT syllabus that you may need to revise from A-level and others that you are unlikely to have seen at school before you take the exam.

We also hold a 1-day Maths for PAT Course in July, in which we cover how to answer short questions from the Maths section of the PAT paper quickly and efficiently.

In October, we hold a 1-day PAT Problem Solving Course and a 1-day Physics and Maths Tricks Course.

You may also want to check out our online PAT subcscription area, which houses a large number of video resources for PAT.

Happy students! Testimonials:
Read what our students have said about our PAT preparation courses and resources

The presenter was very knowledgeable, explaining difficult content in a way that made it more understandable. The size of the group also allowed for group work, without limiting any 1-1 opportunities. The topics covered were especially useful if you’re applying for the PAT.
Chirag M

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It consolidated my physics knowledge along with make me tackle different unknown questions. Difficult concepts about Kinematics and Dynamics were clearly explained. I learned new formulae for astrophysics that I had never before seen.
Prannay R

The opportunity to work with other students all preparing for the same exam was both reassuring and useful, as they had already learnt the same topics, but each had different ways of explaining them, helping reinforce my knowledge.

Having a booklet full of questions by topic is very helpful for revision. Erin M

Just some of the schools our students have come from:

King Edward VI Grammar School

James Allen's Girls School

Haberdashers Aske's Girls' School

Godolphin and Latymer

Birkenhead School

Queen Elizabeth's School (QE Boys)

QEH Bristol

Parmiter's School

Northwood College

Mill Hill County High School

King Edward's School

The Holt School

Taunton School

St. Paul's Girls' School

St. Mary's Ascot

St. Helen's Northwood

St. Bartholomew's School

Withington Girls' School

Varndean College

Uxbridge College

Uppingham School

Tiffin Boys' School

In-Person Courses in London*
Our intensive Preparation Courses approach PAT by topic, building up and extending your understanding
*online versions available in PAT Annual Membership
Full PAT Solutions to all past papers
Clear solutions, which are not cumbersome but include all necessary details and justifications
PAT Theory
Our tutors have gone through the PAT questions, spotted patterns and summarised common techniques in some handy videos
PAT Mock Paper
Do last year’s paper in exam conditions and get it marked and graded with detailed comments by a PAT expert

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