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STEP Support Programme

STEP Support Modules Overview

The STEP Support Programme consists of three types of module:

The Foundation modules provide an introduction to problem solving through carefully selected STEP I and II questions. They also introduce mathematical ideas which you may not have been taught at school, and show how some of the formulae commonly used in A-levels are derived. Each assignment has a “Hints and partial solutions” document to help you evaluate your work. If you are planning to take STEP II and III at the end of year 13, we recommend you start studying the Foundation modules in year 12. If your university offer only includes a STEP I paper then you should concentrate your efforts on the Foundation modules.

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The STEP II modules focus on different areas of the STEP I and II specification. Each module consists of a selection of STEP II questions, together with hints and solutions. The modules also contain some topic notes which consists of useful formulae you should be aware of, together with some general hints and advice. These modules assume that you have already worked through most of the Foundation modules.

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The STEP III modules are very similar to the STEP II modules, except that they focus on STEP III questions, and are designed to be worked on after the Foundation and STEP II modules. The specification for STEP III includes all of STEP I/II plus A-level Further Mathematics topics. Whilst anyone can do these modules if they so wish, if your university offer does not require you to sit STEP III we would recommend that you concentrate your efforts on the other modules.

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