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STEP Support Programme

STEP Support Foundation modules

These Foundation modules are designed to develop your problem solving skills and provide an introduction to solving STEP (and STEP-like) problems. Most of the questions are taken from STEP 1 papers, with some STEP 2 questions appearing in later modules, however they are all based on the 2019 STEP 1 specification. The assignments also introduce mathematical ideas beyond the syllabus with lots of opportunities for extra reading.

A lot of these assignments only require GCSE or AS knowledge (though they will ask you to use it in unusual ways!), and the first 10 to 15 Assignments are aimed at year 12 students. If you think there is a possibility that you will be sitting STEP 2 or STEP 3 in the summer of year 13 then we strongly advise that you start working on these assignments in year 12, or in the summer before you start year 13.

There are 25 Foundation modules, and the intention is that you work through them in order. There are also three collections of STEP questions (one each for pure, mechanics and statistics) which can be found after Assignment 25. Once you feel ready, you can move onto the 21 STEP 2 and STEP 3 modules.

Please note that the STEP specifications have changed for the 2019 exams onwards. The pure content of STEP 1 is largely the same as before, but the probability and mechanics content has been cut a little. For more information see The Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website. The Foundation modules have been updated to take account of the specification changes.

If you have any questions about the assignments, or STEP in general, or feedback about our resources you can email us at step@maths.org, or contact us via twitter @stepsupportcam.

There is more information about the different module types here.

STEP Support - Assignment 21

This module introduces a couple of functions that might look familiar, and asks you to sketch some regions involving the modulus function. Previous assignments can be found here, but you can do this one without having done the others first.

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STEP Support - Assignment 22

This module derives some more differentiation results and asks you to sketch some graphs. Previous assignments can be found here, but you can do this one without having done the others first.

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STEP Support - Assignment 23

This module introduces the chain rule and asks some questions about coordinate geometry. Previous assignments can be found here, but you can do this one without having done the others first.

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STEP Support - Assignment 24

This module involves integration and an 18th century series problem. Previous assignments can be found here, but you can do this one without having done the others first.

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STEP Support - Assignment 25

This module introduces integration by substitution. Previous assignments can be found here, but you can do this one without having done the others first.

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Mixed Statistics STEP 1 questions

A selection of Statistics STEP questions, which are based on the 2019 STEP 1 specification.

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Mixed Mechanics STEP 1 questions

A selection of Mechanics STEP questions which are based on the 2019 STEP 1 specification.

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Mixed Pure STEP 1 questions

A selection of Pure STEP questions based on the 2019 STEP 1 specification.

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