Supporting students studying AS/A level Mathematics

Over the last year, students have had their maths learning at GCSE and A level disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they may not be as confident in their skills and understanding of topics that underpin the learning of new content. To help address this, the AMSP has put together a package of support for AS/A level Mathematics teachers to support them in planning and teaching lessons.

The package includes topic plans, highlighting useful resources and pre-requisite learning, and links to professional development opportunities that will help teachers develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Supporting your planning and teaching

Topic Plans

The Topic Plans cover all the AS/A level Mathematics specifications and provide ready access to easy-to-use resources, along with identification of pre-requisite knowledge, areas where students struggle and suggested tasks, activities and questions for use with all your students. The plans are being developed and will be released in batches over the 2021 summer term, ready for the new academic year.

Go to Topic Plans 

Topic plans
An example of a Topic Plan

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Supporting your professional development

The AMSP provides a wide range of professional development courses and resources for teachers of AS/A level Mathematics. Explore the sections below to find support that is immediately available, upcoming courses that you can participate in over the coming months, and other support close to where you teach.

Pure

On-demand courses

On demand professional development (ODPD) is designed to provide an online support package which, following registration, can be accessed with the flexibility required by the teacher.

Imperial mA*ths project teacher support

Support for teaching high attaining AS and A level students, divided into individual topics.

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Numerical methods for A level Mathematics

Introduces teachers to the techniques in the numerical methods section of the A level Mathematics course. Includes approximating solutions to equations and numerical integration.

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GeoGebra in the Maths classroom

Introduces transferrable skills in the use of GeoGebra in the context of A level Mathematics, with structured opportunities to practise these skills.

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In addition to the courses listed here there are additional On Demand PD courses which include support on using Desmos Classroom and preparing students for university admissions tests.


Professional Development videos

A series of five short videos for each topic (around 5 minutes each) reflecting on teaching practice in the context of real classroom learning.


Local support

The AMSP has Area Coordinators throughout England who work with schools and colleges in their area to:

  • support and promote the study of Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • arrange AS/A level Further Mathematics tuition for students when their schools and colleges cannot provide it themselves
  • organise enrichment events
  • provide a wide range of flexible professional development opportunities
  • assist in the planning of advanced maths provision
  • facilitate teacher network meetings

Additional support is available to schools/colleges located in AMSP Priority Areas.

Find your local team 

Sustained courses

Our most extensive courses, designed for teachers who wish to develop and deepen their A level subject knowledge and pedagogy over a period of six months or more. We offer two options designed for teachers who are new to teaching A level:

Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM)

 8 months

A face-to-face course consisting of six study days and a school-based observation and ideal for teachers wishing to focus on developing both subject knowledge and pedagogy in tandem.

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Pedagogy for A level Mathematics (PALM)

 6 months

This online course is designed for teachers who have secure A level subject knowledge and are looking to develop their pedagogy for teaching A level maths.

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Live Online Professional Development

A series of live sessions held over several weeks in an online classroom, offered across a variety of days and times.

AS Maths pure absolute beginners

 12 weeks

For teachers new to teaching AS level pure, with a focus on both subject knowledge and teaching ideas.

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AS Maths pure improvers

 5 weeks

For teachers looking to develop their teaching practice, with secure subject knowledge assumed.

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A level Maths pure (Year 2)

 11 weeks

Subject knowledge and pedagogy focusing on pure topics usually covered in the second year of an A level course.

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Other opportunities

For a detailed summary of the full range of opportunities related to A level Mathematics please visit our dedicated webpage. You might also be interested in the following:

Teacher Networks

 2 hours

Our local teacher networks are currently all meeting online.

Contact your local team to find out the most up to date information.

Find your local team

Other A level Mathematics Pure PD

 Various

Explore all of our courses that support teaching A level Pure.

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Applied

On-demand courses

On demand professional development (ODPD) is designed to provide an online support package which, following registration, can be accessed with the flexibility required by the teacher.

A level Maths statistics top-ups

Introduces teachers to a range of techniques which will enable them to work more confidently with topics (including the large data set) in the statistics section of AS or A level Mathematics.

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Imperial mA*ths project teacher support

Support for teaching high attaining AS and A level students, divided into individual topics.

More information

In addition to the courses listed here there are additional On Demand PD courses which include support on using Desmos Classroom and preparing students for university admissions tests.


Professional Development videos

A series of five short videos for each topic (around 5 minutes each) reflecting on teaching practice in the context of real classroom learning.


Local support

The AMSP has Area Coordinators throughout England who work with schools and colleges in their area to:

  • support and promote the study of Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • arrange AS/A level Further Mathematics tuition for students when their schools and colleges cannot provide it themselves
  • organise enrichment events
  • provide a wide range of flexible professional development opportunities
  • assist in the planning of advanced maths provision
  • facilitate teacher network meetings

Additional support is available to schools/colleges located in AMSP Priority Areas.

Find your local team 

Sustained courses

Our most extensive courses, designed for teachers who wish to develop and deepen their A level subject knowledge and pedagogy over a period of six months. Delivered through a mixture of online classroom and face-to-face sessions.

Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1)

 6 months

A blend of online and face-to-face sessions that builds your confidence in teaching the mechanics content of AS/A level Mathematics:

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Teaching Statistics 1 (TS1)

 6 months

A blend of online and face-to-face sessions that builds your confidence in teaching the statistics content of AS/A level Mathematics.

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Live Online Professional Development

A series of live sessions held over several weeks in an online classroom, offered across a variety of days and times. These cover the same content as the sustained content, but in a more intensive timeframe and purely through online delivery.

AS and A level Maths: Mechanics

 9 weeks

Improve or refresh your subject knowledge of the main topics that typically feature in AS and A level Mechanics and discuss subject content, resources and teaching ideas with course tutors and other delegates.

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AS and A level Maths: Statistics

 7 weeks

Improve or refresh your subject knowledge of the main topics that typically feature in AS and A level Statistics and discuss subject content, resources and teaching ideas with course tutors and other delegates.

More information

Other opportunities

For a detailed summary of the full range of opportunities related to A level Mathematics please visit our dedicated webpage. You might also be interested in the following:

Teacher Networks

 2 hours

Our local teacher networks are currently all meeting online.

Contact your local team to find out the most up to date information.

Find your local team

Other A level Mathematics Mechanics PD

 Various

Explore all of our courses that support teaching A level Mechanics.

Find a course

Other A level Mathematics Statistics PD

 Various

Explore all of our courses that support teaching A level Statistics.

Find a course

Supporting your students in the transition from GCSE and to A level

The AMSP has developed a free, online, interactive course for students to work though independently. A level Mathematics students at the start of Year 12 will find this course helps build their confidence by covering the topics that are of most value at the beginning of the A level course, improving their understanding and fluency with skills.

Transition to A level Mathematics course

Who is this support for?

Year 11 students in preparation for studying A level Mathematics. New Year 12 students at the beginning of their A level Mathematics course.

What is it?

A free, online, interactive course that aims to give students the confidence that they are ready to start A level Mathematics. The course covers the topics that are of most value at the beginning of the A level course and aims to improve understanding – not just fluency with skills – by delving deeper into GCSE content.

How is it designed to be used?

The course is designed for students to work through by themselves without input from a teacher. Students can continue to access the resources and work through the topics to support them at the start of Year 12. Each of the seven topics is structured in the following way:

  • Chapters containing videos and activities
  • An assessment – scores will appear on a certificate of completion
  • Going deeper – optional material to give students a head start at A level

How do we access it?

This course is hosted in Integral and requires an individual login to gain access and allow progress to be tracked.

There are two ways to get access:

  1. Teachers can sign up their students by completing this simple formOpens a new window.
  2. Students can registerOpens a new window for free access themselves, if they are not signed up by a school or college.

Teachers in AMSP-registered schools/colleges can also access the course (and view its content) using the school/college's shared Integral account. If your school/college is not registered with the AMSP yet, you can register now for free.