Mathematics at Homerton
At Homerton we take about 10 mathematics students each year. In conjunction with Gonville & Caius and Girton Colleges, we run a pre-sessional course in the week before the start of Michaelmas Term to make sure all our students are well prepared for the Mathematics course ahead. As at the vast majority of Colleges in Cambridge most of your supervisions — that is to say teaching in small groups of students (typically two) — will take place at Homerton and be taught by staff within the College for the first two years of study.
In the third year, supervisions are arranged by a group of Colleges including Homerton. In all three years you can typically expect to have two hours of these supervisions each week of term. In the fourth year of the course, for those that continue to it, all teaching is arranged centrally by the Faculty. The College currently has 26 Mathematics students. A large proportion of the teaching for the earlier parts of the Mathematical Tripos is handled by our Mathematics Fellows, who cover a wide range of the subjects required.
The undergraduate Mathematics course at Cambridge is world renowned, providing intellectual challenges and rewards in equal measure. The course will provide you with the necessary mathematical tools to answer a whole host of interesting mathematical challenges. All students attend the same lectures, which are organised by the Mathematics Faculty.
During the first year (Part IA) you will study eight courses covering the fundamentals of higher mathematics. This gives you a broad mathematical knowledge base from which you can begin to specialise. In the second year (Part IB) there are 16 courses available, many of which are direct extensions to material seen in the first year. You will choose some subset of these that suit your strengths and tastes. The third year (Part II) offers 35 courses in total, ranging from Mathematics of Machine Learning to Algebraic Topology. You will pick somewhere between eight and 12 of these courses to study. There is an optional fourth year known as Part III. This course has a worldwide reputation and is most commonly used as a stepping stone into research. Approximately one-third of the students in the third year will continue onto this fourth year, where they are able to gain extremely specialist knowledge in a host of advanced areas. There are about 75 courses to choose from.
Each year we aim to admit around 10 new mathematics students to Homerton. There is no pre-interview assessment for mathematics, but interviews themselves will involve doing maths that will be challenging.
Interviews are conducted in December and offers are usually based on A*A*A including A-levels in Maths and Further Maths and 1,1 in STEP 2 & 3. IB students will be expected to get 40-42 points overall with 776 in Higher Level subjects which must include HL Mathematics and also the same STEP requirement.
We are happy with applicants from other qualification systems gaining equivalent grades and being also able to take the STEP papers (with the same required results) as with A-levels and IB. We are happy to take into account results in Olympiads and similar national and international competitions.
We use the STEP exams because the questions give a better reflection of those found in Cambridge Mathematical Tripos. The style of STEP questions can be quite different to those that you're used to, often requiring big intellectual leaps. You shouldn't be at all worried if you find STEP questions very difficult at first — they take some getting used to. There are a variety of resources available online, for example:
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