Teaching Mechanics

The Teaching Mechanics (TM) course has been written specifically for the Mathematics and Further Mathematics A levels in 2017. The course will enable teachers to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching Mechanics for A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The course has two units; TM1 covers the compulsory content for the new linear A level and the current content of all the M1 and some of the M2 material of the four English examination specifications and TM2 covers material from the higher mechanics units.

The course aims to enable participants to:

  • gain a deep understanding of the content of the Mechanics units
  • develop skills with Mathematical modelling and problems solving
  • develop confidence with incorporating practical work within mathematics teaching
  • be able to link topics in Mechanics with other areas of mathematics

Course Structure

    Teaching Mechanics can be studied in two ways:
  • as a Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) certificated professional development course;
  • As part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Post 16 Mathematics Education (PGCertP-16ME), which carries 60 CAT points at Masters level, through the University of Plymouth.The PGCertP-16ME is a qualification in it's own right but, once completed successfully, if you wish to continue your studies, these credits can be transferred into the MEd progamme thus allowing you to complete a full Masters in Education. Please note that the PGCert runs form October in any academic year.
  • Each of the TM modules provides the opportunity for sustained professional development. The courses are scheduled over a sustained period and consist of:

    • two face to face study days
    • a series of live, online sessions
    • dedicated web-based teaching and learning resources
    • There are additional study days and support for those undertaking the PG Cert

    Further information about the units

    Information about TM1

    Information about TM2

    Information about the Postgraduate Certificate and the Masters programme.

    Who should apply?

    TM1 is designed for A level Mathematics teachers who are already teaching some Mechanics or who wish to teach it at some point in the near future. TM2 is for teachers who have taught M1 and possibly M2 but wish to develop their understanding of further topics. It is not necessary to have done TM1 before doing TM2 providing that you have some experience of teaching at M1 level. You may be:

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

    Course dates and applications

    TM1 will begin in September 2017 and will finish in February 2018. Information an applications will open in Spring 2017. If you wish to receive an alert when applications are open please submit an expression of interest.

    If you would like more information about the courses please contact Sue de Pomerai, TM Course Leader.