Teaching Discrete Mathematics 2

Online and Coventry


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:

  • seven 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.


  • 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 the best use of available resources.
  • Develop confidence with incorporating practical work within maths teaching
  • Link topics in discrete maths with other areas of maths

Who will benefit from attending?

TD2 is designed for A level Mathematics teachers who are new to teaching discrete/decision mathematics, or those that have previously taught D1 and D2 but wish to broaden and deepen their understanding. Suitable applicants include:

  • an experienced teacher of A level Mathematics who wishes to learn more about discrete mathematics for A Level Further Mathematics
  • an individual, not currently 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 so they can confidently teach discrete maths as part of their A level teaching
  • a teacher who has recently completed Teaching Discrete Mathematics 1 (TD1)
  • a teacher who has completed the Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) course, a Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM1 & TFM2) course, a Teaching Mechanics (TM1 & TM2) course or a Teaching Statistics (TS1 & TS2) course


TD2 covers the discrete/decision mathematics content for A level Further Mathematics. This includes the following topics:

  • Graph Theory: Planarity
  • Floyd’s Algorithm
  • Dynamic Programming
  • Linear Programming: Simplex
  • Two-stage Simplex & Big-M method
  • Group Theory
  • Transportation
  • Second Order Recurrence Relations
  • Decision Analysis

These topics appear within the Further Mathematics specifications of the reformed Maths A levels for first teaching from September 2017.

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.


Participants must have a sound understanding of the discrete content of AS level Further Mathematics, ideally through having completed TD1 though this is not complusory. This requires knowledge of subject content beyond the scope of the D1 modules in the legacy specifications.


The course fee for TD2 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

Online sessions:
Week beginning Study content Evening online tutorials (19:30-20:30)
25 February Course unit introduction  Tueday 26 February 2019
4 March Graph Theory: Planarity  Thursday 7 March 2019
11 March Graph Theory: Planarity  
18 March Dynamic Programming Thursday 21 March 2019
25 March Dynamic Programming  
1 April Linear Programming: Simplex 1 Thursday 4 April 2019
8 April Break  
15 April Break  
22 April Break  
29 April Linear Programming: Simplex 1  
6 May Group Theory  Thursday 9 May 2019
13 May Group Theory  
20 May Linear Programming: Simplex 1 Thursday 23 May 2019
27 May Break  
3 June Linear Programming: Simplex 1  
10 June Transportation Thursday 13 June 2019
17 June Transportation  
24 June Second Order Recurrence Relations Thursday 27 June 2019
1 July Second Order Recurrence Relations  
Study day 1:

Saturday 23 March 2019

Study day 2:

Saturday 8 June 2019


During this course you will work toward completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 9 September 2019.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:


Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:


Online sessions:





Online classroom and study days in Coventry

Start date:

25th February 2019



State-sector subsidy:


Priority Area subsidy:



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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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