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‘Oxford PAT’ Physics Preparation Courses 2019

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

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What does STEPMaths provide to help you with PAT – Physics Aptitude Test?

Timeline of PAT Preparation Courses offered throughout the year

STEPMaths 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 Aptitude Test within two days. We don’t. Our PAT Summer Courses already dedicated 4-days to understanding all of the potential areas that you could be tested on within the Physics and Maths syllabus. (Need to catch up? Check out our Platinum PAT Online Bundle or Ultimate PAT Bundle, both of which also contain Full Past Paper Solution Videos to every single past PAT question plus much much more)

In October, we focus on the two key areas that students want to optimise close to the exam: a) problem solving skills b) speed and accuracy in time-pressured conditions. Sound like you? If so, check out our Physics Problem Solving Course and Physics and Maths Time Saving Tricks Course below.

Currently Bookable Courses for Students Taking PAT:

After our sell-out summer courses, STEPMaths present our October offering:

 – Get early bird discount before 3rd October

Physics and Maths Time

Saving Tricks Course

Saturday 19th October 2019

Marylebone, London

£179 before 3rd October, then:

£189 before 15th October, then:

£199 thereafter

3 places left!

See below for bundles containing this course

Ideal for you if you’re going to take PAT this autumn and want to get maximum marks in minimum time by learning tricks to simplify your calculations.

You will learn to:


  • Breeze through calculations by spotting factorsapproximations, 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 rootsstationary values, and limiting behaviour
  • Sidestep long passages of working using proportionality and dimensional analysis

See below for details on bundles!

Physics Problem

Solving Course

Sunday 20th October 2019

Marylebone, London

£179 before 3rd October, then:

£189 before 15th October, then:

£199 thereafter

2 places left!

See below for bundles containing this course

This course is for you if you plan to sit PAT this autumn and want to practice applying your Physics knowledge to solve problems in the style of the longer questions on the PAT paper.

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

Pre-requisites: you’ll be expected to know everything from our Physics Admissions Summer School. Missed out? You can catch up with our Ultimate PAT Bundle below.

See below for details on bundles!

Currently Bookable Bundles for Students Sitting PAT:

 – Get early bird discount before 3rd October

New to Ultimate Bundle Only: PAT Intuition Videos

Animations and visualisations for those questions from each PAT past paper for which visual intuition is most useful, typically those involving geometry, graphs, multiple cases, and changing parameters. Watch alongside the past paper solutions to develop your own intuition and gain a more profound understanding of what is going on behind the algebra.


Example Intuition Video

Want to be ultra-prepared for your interview?

We’ve added Spectator Seats for our interview preparation days for Physics, Engineering, and related subjects this November!

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 

Testimonial for PAT Online Subscription

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

– Fully worked 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 300+ bank of Maths & Physics practice questions covering every major topic you might be tested on

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 (Platinum Online Bundle only)

Extra Practice Can Only Help

– 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 PAT Online Subscription:

Subscribe now for £40/month each month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Rises to £45/month if you subscribe from 2nd May

Platinum PAT Online Bundle

Includes everything from online subscription plus an online version of our 3-day Summer PAT Course which covers all the Physics Topics you need! (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Total value £598

BEST VALUE: Yours today from only £299

Best Value!!

PAT In-Person courses

In July, we hold a 3-day Physics Summer School aimed at students planning to take PAT. The course covers parts of the Physics Aptitude Test 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 Platinum Bundle

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

Useful Background Theory

We’ve made sure to point out parts of the theory behind A-level Physics that help deepen your understanding of the topics – especially useful at interview

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