Teaching Discrete Mathematics

Teaching Discrete Mathematics (TD) is a new professional development course which has been written specifically for the new Mathematics A levels and is certificated by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). In the 2017 A levels, Discrete Mathematics exists exclusively within Further Mathematics. The basic content in the TD course appears under three titles in the specifications published by the different Awarding Organisations;

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

The subject content of the TD course covers a wide pool of discrete and decision maths material including all the topic areas common to the new specifications.

    The course aims to enable participants to:

    • gain a deep understanding of the application of algorithms to a wide range of problems
    • develop skills with using standard algorithms to solve optimisation problems
    • learn project planning processes which minimise overall costs and make best use of available resources
    • develop confidence with incorporating practical work within mathematics teaching
    • be able to link topics in Discrete/Decision Mathematics with other areas of mathematics

    Course Structure

    TD provides the opportunity for sustained professional development. The course is scheduled over a 6 month period and consists of:

    • two face to face study days
    • a series of live, online sessions
    • dedicated web-based teaching and learning resources

    Further information about the course

    Teaching Discrete Mathematics Course Information gives more detailed information about the content and structure of the course.

    Who should apply?

    TD is designed for A Level Mathematics teachers who are new to teaching Discrete/Decision Mathematics or who have previously taught D1 but who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding. Suitable applicants would include:

    • an experienced teacher of A level Mathematics who wishes to learn more about discrete mathematics;
    • an individual, currently not teaching in a school, who wishes to undertake an extensive professional development course to prepare for future employment;
    • a teacher seeking to gain a qualification that will give them more options in the future;
    • a teacher wanting to develop their own subject knowledge to enable them to confidently and competently teach discrete maths as part of their A level teaching;
    • a teacher who has completed Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM), Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM), Teaching Mechanics (TM) or Teaching Statistics (TS).

    Course dates and applications

    Applications for TD (starting in February 2018) are now CLOSED. Please submit an expression of interest if you wish to be alerted when applications open for the next cohort for this course.

    If you would like more information about the course please contact Jeff Trim, TD Course Leader.


    The FMSP holds the NCETM CPD standard

    For the latest information about The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) visit http://www.ncetm.org.uk/.

    The NCETM website now has a professional development self evaluation tool that can help teachers assess their current position and identify suitable areas for continuing professional development. For more information go to the teacher self-evaluation tool