AS/A level Further Mathematics professional development

The AMSP provides a wide range of professional development for teachers of AS/A level Further Mathematics, offered in flexible formats to suit your needs and availability. These opportunities are often free and, in some cases, additional subsidies are available to enable more teachers to participate.

The range includes online and one-day face-to-face courses, and sustained courses comprising a series of study days and online support delivered over an extended period.

The Events Calendar below provides details of all of our professional development events, including a range of opportunities designed and delivered according to local need by our local Area Coordinators. It is followed by details of the standard courses we offer.

Events Calendar

Sustained courses

Course length 6 months

Teaching Statistics 2 (TS2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to further build their confidence in teaching statistics. TS2 covers most of the statistics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Further Mathematics.

TS2 features:

  • 9-10 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • a textbook to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Towards the end of the course a short assignment is issued, for which support and guidance are provided. Course certificates will be available for those participants completing the assignment.

In order to enrol on the TS2 course, participants should have a reasonable understanding of the statistics content of AS/A level Mathematics, ideally through having completed TS1 although this is not compulsory.

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Course length 6 months

Discrete maths features in all AS/A level Further Mathematics specifications, albeit under different titles:

  • Discrete Mathematics - AQA and OCR A
  • Decision Mathematics - Edexcel
  • Modelling with Algorithms - OCR B (MEI)

Teaching Discrete Mathematics 1 (TD1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching this content, and covers the discrete maths material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications.

TD1 features:

  • nine live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from tutors and access to an online group forum

Towards the end of the course a short assignment is issued, for which support and guidance are provided. Course certificates will be available for those participants completing the assignment.

After TD1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TD2, which will further expand understanding of teaching discrete maths content.

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Course length 6 months

Teaching Mechanics 2 (TM2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching mechanics. TM2 covers the mechanics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Further Mathematics.

TM2 features:

  • 9 live online tutorials
  • Two study days
  • Access to online teaching and learning resources
  • Email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Towards the end of the course a short assignment is issued, for which support and guidance are provided. Course certificates will be available for those participants completing the assignment.

In order to enrol on the TM2 course, participants should have a reasonable understanding of the mechanics content of AS/A level Mathematics, ideally through having completed TM1 though this is not compulsory.

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Course length 6 months

Teaching Further Mathematics 2 (TFM2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching A level Further Mathematics. It covers the pure material common to all A level Further Mathematics specifications.

TFM2 features:
• 10 live online tutorials
• two study days
• textbooks to support your studies
• access to online teaching and learning resources
• email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Participants will have the option to certificate by submitting an assignment at the end of the course.

TFM2 is the second unit of the TFM course. In order to enrol on the TFM2 unit, participants must have already completed the first unit, TFM1.

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Course length 6 months

Teaching Further Mathematics 1 (TFM1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching A level Further Mathematics. It covers at least the pure material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications.

TFM1 features:

  • 10 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • textbooks to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Participants will have the option to certificate by submitting an assignment at the end of the course.

Following completion of this course, participants will be eligible to study TFM2, which includes the remaining pure content common to all A level Further Mathematics specifications.

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Course length 6 months

Discrete maths features in all AS/A level Further Mathematics specifications, albeit under different titles:

  • Discrete Mathematics - AQA and OCR A
  • Decision Mathematics - Edexcel
  • Modelling with Algorithms - OCR B (MEI)

Teaching Discrete Mathematics 2 (TD2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching discrete/decision mathematics. TD2 builds upon the topics studied in TD1 to cover the additional subject content required for A level Further Mathematics.

TD2 features:

  • eight live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from tutors and access to an online group forum

Towards the end of the course a short assignment is issued, for which support and guidance are provided. Course certificates will be available for those participants completing the assignment.

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Face-to-face courses

Course length 1 day

Problem solving is one of the overarching themes of the A level specifications. Students need to be able to analyse a problem, break it down into its constituent parts and select the appropriate mathematics to solve it. This course is designed to help teachers develop key problem solving skills in their students. The course starts with ideas for developing general mathematical problem solving skills and shows how students who wish push themselves can develop those skills so that they have the opportunity to apply for universities where an admissions test is required or a university where a good score in an admissions test can lead to a lower offer.

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Level 3 Maths Work Groups are extended professional development programmes, run in partnership by Maths Hubs and the AMSP. This poster shows how the post-16 professional development support offered by Maths Hubs and the AMSP complement each other. Each Work Group is an ongoing collaboration between teachers from local schools and colleges led by an expert in maths professional development.

Embedding Technology in Level 3 Mathematics Teaching Work Groups will explore where, when and how to use technology to enhance students’ understanding. Participants will develop their own practice as a technology champion in their department.

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Course length 1 day

This one-day course supports teachers in understanding how best to assist their students with the transition to undergraduate study, and how to prepare them for the mathematical expectations of university admissions tests.

What are the mathematical expectations of universities for students starting their courses? Mathematical skills are important for many undergraduate degree schemes. This course will explain what indications of mathematical ability universities are looking for when they receive a UCAS application. It will also give up to date information about admissions tests. The number of entry exams required by universities has risen in the past few years. Some are compulsory, while some simply reduce entrance requirements. There are 11 admissions tests that have mathematical content and these are for a variety of subjects. This course will explain what support students will need in school and where else they can access support.

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Conferences

Course length 1 day

A free one-day professional development and networking conference, dedicated to the teaching of AS and A level Further Mathematics.

Experience interesting and stimulating ways of introducing Further Mathematics topics in the classroom.

Gain support in meeting the challenges of establishing and sustaining AS and A level Further Mathematics.

For 2020 the following conferences will be available:

  • Leeds, Saturday 29th February
  • Birmingham, Wednesday 4th March
  • London, Saturday 7th March
  • London, Wednesday 25th March

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Course length 1 day

One-day professional development conferences, designed to support teachers of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

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Live Online Professional Development

The AMSP's Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one or two day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course comprises four online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered to a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

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Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one or two day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course covers topics which are common to the AS Further Pure elements of specifications for AQA, Edexcel, MEI and OCR. Further topics to complete the content for each specification will be available soon via the On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) programme.

This course comprises nine online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered in a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

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Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one or two day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course covers a second set of topics which are common to the A level Further Pure elements of specifications for AQA, Edexcel, MEI and OCR, and follows the AS Further Maths: Pure common topics course which is also available via LOPD. Further topics to complete the content for each specification are now available via the On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) programme.

This course comprises ten online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered in a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

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On Demand Professional Development

This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking STEP papers. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises 9 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.

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This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking one of these fourth term university entrance tests. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises 11 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.

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This is a group of On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) pods designed to support teachers who will be offering the AS or full A level in Further Mathematics. 

The course comprises a network of 'pods', designed to complement our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses AS Further Maths: Pure common topics and A level Further Maths: Pure common topics, enabling teachers to access professional development covering all of the compulsory content for their awarding organisation's specification. 

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section or a pod.

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This On Demand Professional Development course is designed to support teachers with using GeoGebra across a wide range of contexts in the Mathematics classroom. The methods are particularly applicable in the A level Maths classroom, but are designed for a toolbox of methods which can be used to illuminate a much wider range of maths.

The course comprises four 'pods', each covering an element of GeoGebra's functionality. In each pod, teachers will see short videos or walkthroughs guiding them through the methods, using examples from A level Mathematics study, along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section or the full pod.

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Work Groups

Level 3 Work Groups are extended professional development programmes, coordinated by the AMSP and the Maths Hubs network.They typically consist of a small group of teachers from local schools and colleges, led by an expert in maths-specific professional development and the area of maths concerned. The group meets, communicates and collaborates throughout the year, working towards common objectives with other Work Groups around the country.

Embedding A level Technology Work Groups will explore practical approaches for embedding technology in A level teaching. Participants will explore where, when and how to use technology to enhance students’ understanding, learning and experience, and will develop their own practice as a technology champion in their department.

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You might also be interested in:

  • Teacher Network meetings organised by our local Area Coordinators, which focus on sharing good practice, professional development and promoting developments in teaching and learning
  • the series of PD videos produced by the legacy Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP), which provides ideas for how overarching themes and technology can be incorporated into AS/A level Further Mathematics lessons

If you have a particular need and you cannot find something suitable there, please contact your local AMSP Area Coordinator who will be able to advise you.