Preparing for the PAT 2021

1 Jun 2021 - 12:00pm to 3 Oct 2021 - 12:00pm
Y12 prospective applications

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Students applying for undergraduate study in Physics, Physics and Philosophy, Engineering or Materials Science at Oxford University will be required to sit the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) as part of the admissions process. The 'Preparing for the PAT' course is designed to help students develop their problem-solving skills and mathematical thinking.

It's aimed at year 12 students at UK state-funded schools and colleges, with priority given to those from backgrounds currently under-represented in Physics at Oxford.

The course consists of a series of online webinars in June / July and September / October, with three summer assignments set over the holidays. Online support is also available from a group of current Oxford students: every participant will be part of a "mentor group" of ten, and will work with their mentor throughout the course.

You can find more details about the course at

The cost of the course is £60. If you will have trouble meeting the cost of the course, please indicate this in the appropriate place on your application form, as we can provide financial support if this would otherwise prevent you from attending the course.

To apply for a place, fill in this online form:
Applications will close on Sunday 16th May.

Feedback from 2020 participants

I always felt supported thanks to the dedication of our mentor, while assignments ensured that I could keep up with the difficulty of PAT questions while I wasn't in school.

This course really motivated me to prepare for the PAT. I liked the fact that we could have our work marked and be given feedback as this is something I couldn't have got from school. It was also nice to be able to discuss things with people wanting to do the same course.

98% of course feedback respondents said they would recommend this course to others in their position in the future.

For more information contact: 

Dr Kathryn Boast, Physics Access Officer