Teaching Mechanics 1

Online and Leeds or London


Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching mechanics. TM1 covers the mechanics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Mathematics.

TM1 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.

After TM1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TM2, which will further expand understanding of mechanics teaching and cover the mechanics content from AS/A level Further Mathematics.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of the principles of mechanics
  • Develop skills with mathematical modelling and problem solving
  • Develop confidence with incorporating practical work within maths teaching
  • Improve subject knowledge and build on pedagogical skills
  • Link topics in mechanics with other areas of maths

Who will benefit from attending?

TM1 is designed for teachers who are currently teaching AS/A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics, or who wish to teach it at some point in the near future. Suitable applicants would include:

  • an experienced A level teacher who wishes to learn more about teaching mechanics
  • an individual, currently not teaching in a school, who wishes to undertake a sustained professional development course to prepare for future employment
  • a teacher seeking to gain certification that may give them more options in the future
  • a teacher wanting to develop their own subject knowledge to enable them to confidently and competently teach mechanics
  • a teacher who has completed the Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) course, a Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM1 & TFM2) course, a Teaching Statistics (TS1 & TS2) course or a Teaching Discrete Mathematics (TD1 & TD2) course.


TM1 covers the mechanics content for AS/A level Mathematics. This includes the following topics:

  • Forces and components
  • Newton's laws
  • Kinematics and constant acceleration in one dimension
  • Gravity and friction
  • Connected particles
  • Kinematics in two dimensions
  • Projectiles
  • Variable acceleration
  • Moments

Materials and Equipment

A computer with a reliable internet connection will be required to attend the online tutorials. In addition, a headset with a microphone is suggested to get the best experience of the online tutorials.


The course fee for TM1 is £300.

If you are working in a state-funded school or college, participation in this course attracts a reimbursement of course fees, subject to engagement and completion of the course.

Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a further subsidy of £500 to support staff cover and travel costs.

Study Schedule

Week beginningStudy contentEvening online tutorials (19:00)
21 JanuaryCourse unit introductionThursday 24 January 2019
28 JanuaryForces and componentsThursday 31 January 2019
4 FebruaryForces and components 
11 FebruaryBreak 
18 FebruaryBreak 
25 FebruaryNewton's lawsThursday 28 February 2019
4 MarchNewton's laws 
11 MarchKinematicsThursday 14 March 2019
18 MarchKinematics 
25 MarchGravity and frictionThursday 28 March 2019
1 AprilGravity and friction 
8 April 2019Break 
15 April 2019Break 
22 AprilConnected particlesThursday 25 April 2019
29 AprilConnected particles 
6 MayKinematics in 2DThursday 9 May 2019
13 MayKinematics in 2D 
20 MayProjectilesThursday 23 May 2019
27 MayBreak 
3 JuneProjectiles 
10 JuneMomentsThursday 13 June 2019
17 JuneMoments 
24 JuneVariable accelerationTuesday 25 June 2019
1 JulyVariable acceleration 
Study day 1:

Friday 29 March 2019


Saturday 30 March 2019

Study day 2:

Friday 21 June 2019


Saturday 22 June 2019


During July and August you will work toward completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 31 August 2019.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:


Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:


Online sessions:





Online classroom and study days in Leeds or London

Start date:

Thu 24th Jan 2019



State-sector subsidy:


Priority Area subsidy:



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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

CPD Admin Team
[email protected]
01225 716494

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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