Teaching Mechanics

Teaching Mechanics (TM) is professional development course for teachers wishing to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching Mechanics at A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics or those wanting to prepare for the new A level in 2017. 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.
  • 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 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 start in September 2016 and is now open for applications.

    You can get information about cost and key dates by downloading this document:TM1 Course information and dates .

    To apply for a place on the course please fill in the Teaching Mechanics 1 application form

    Teachers enrolling on the TM1 course may have the option to undertake this as a 30 credit Masters in Mathematics Education unit through the University of Plymouth . If you would like more information about this option please contact Sue de Pomerai, TM Course Leader.

    Applications for TM2 are now closed. The course will run again in February 2017; applications will open in the Autumn term.