Oxford PAT Preparation Classes

This two-day course covers the topics that students need to know for the PAT, focusing on topics that would normally not be covered at school by the date of the test. As the questions in the PAT differ in style from those in A-levels, this course aims to help students learn the types of questions asked about each topic and give tips on how to answer them in the most efficient way.

Structure of the Days

Physics is covered on Day 1, Maths on Day 2.

Classes are from 9.00am to 5.30pm every day.

Registration is at 8.45am.

There will be a one-hour lunch break and a couple of 10-min breaks in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Lunch is not provided but there are places to eat in and around the campus.

We also run online PAT courses, for more info please click here

Course Content

Day 1: Physics
  • Mechanics
    • Kinematics: Projectiles, graphs
    • Dynamics: Forces, Newton’s Laws, connected particles, momentum
    • Circular motion
    • Gravitation and orbits
    • Springs
    • Work, energy and power
    • Pulleys
  • The solar system, phases of the moon and eclipses
  • Circuits
    • Basic circuit properties
    • Resistance combinations
    • Power in circuits
    • Thermistors and LDRs in potential dividers
    • Diodes and capacitors
  • Waves
    • Wave properties, equations
    • Electromagnetic spectrum
    • Diffraction and interference
  • Optics
    • Reflection at plane mirrors
    • Refraction including prisms and total internal reflection
  • Electric & Magnetic fields
    • Coulomb’s Law
    • Photoelectric Effect
    • Charged particles in fields
    • Transformers
Day 2: Maths
  • Graph sketching
  • Questions with shapes
  • Inequalities
  • Binomial expansion
  • Series (arithmetic, geometric, summation notation)
  • Coordinates (circles & straight lines)
  • Algebra (rearranging expressions, roots of equations, simultaneous equations)
  • Logarithms
  • Differentiation & Integration
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability


Please note: this course is designed to help students improve their techniques for tackling PAT questions. Teaching the whole content from scratch is unrealistic in two days, to get the most out of the course students should refresh the material learnt in their first year of A-Levels and pre-read the PAT syllabus before the course commences.

Gorkem Cavli

Tutor: Gorkem Cavli

Gorkem studied Physics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford and graduated in 2011. He then gained his qualified teacher status (QTS) from King’s College London in 2012. Teaching has always been a passion for Gorkem since his teenage years, when he worked as a tennis coach. Upon deciding to pursue a career in teaching, Gorkem began tutoring in 2010 while he was an undergraduate student. Currently he works as a full-time tutor, specialising in Maths and Physics A-levels and admissions tests such as PAT, as well as helping students in their university application and interview preparation. In 2013, Gorkem established the Physics & Maths Tutor website, which has become a useful resource, providing study help for thousands of students. In his private life, Gorkem still enjoys being a dedicated tennis player and coach.


I attended your PAT course over the weekend. I just wanted to say yet again thank you so much for helping me out with my PAT – you have made me feel so much more confident and I’m not stressing so much about it anymore. The course was great and very clear about the knowledge needed for the test, and you went through the content excellently. Thanks again – Zrey Dumasia Sholapurkar

Dates & Bookings

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  • Day 1 - Physics
    October 6, 2018
    8:45 am - 5:30 pm
  • Day 2 - Maths
    October 7, 2018
    8:45 am - 5:30 pm
  • Day 1 - Physics
    October 5, 2019
    8:45 am - 5:30 pm
  • Day 2 - Maths
    October 6, 2019
    8:45 am - 5:30 pm