Professional development for supporting students with university admissions tests

The AMSP offers professional development for teachers wishing to support their students with university admission tests such as STEP, MAT and TMUA. These opportunities are often free and, in some cases, additional subsidies are available to enable more teachers to participate.

The Teacher Events Calendar below provides details of all of our professional development events, including a range of opportunities designed and delivered according to local need by our local Area Coordinators. It is followed by details of our standard courses.

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Events Calendar

Live Online Professional Development

Course length: One half term, weekly sessions

Key Stage 5 Coordinator Development is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the challenges of leadership in a maths department and will frequently tap into the experience of both tutors and participants. Examples of active learning in A level Maths and Further Maths and Core Maths will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches in a workshop discussion.

Course features:

  • Four online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions

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Course length 2.5 hours

This online course supports teachers in understanding how best to assist their students with the transition to undergraduate study, and how to prepare them for the mathematical expectations of university admissions tests.

What are the mathematical expectations of universities for students starting their courses? Mathematical skills are important for many undergraduate degree schemes. This course will explain what indications of mathematical ability universities are looking for when they receive a UCAS application. It will also give up-to-date information about admissions tests. The number of entry exams required by universities has risen in the past few years. Some are compulsory, while some simply reduce entrance requirements. There are 11 admissions tests that have mathematical content and these are for a variety of subjects. This course will explain what support students will need in school and where else they can access support to ensure that they gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed.

The Next Steps for Your A Level Students course consists of two online sessions 3:30pm-6pm.  The dates will be 18th and 25th May 2022.

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On Demand Professional Development

This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking STEP papers. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises a series of 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.

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This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking one of these fourth term university entrance tests. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises 11 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.

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Face-to-face courses

Course length 1 day

Problem solving is one of the overarching themes of the A level specifications. Students need to be able to analyse a problem, break it down into its constituent parts and select the appropriate mathematics to solve it. This course is designed to help teachers develop key problem-solving skills in all of their students, and will show how the embedding of problem-solving materials contributes towards the ambition and intent of the department's A level curriculum. The course starts with ideas for developing general mathematical problem-solving skills and shows how students who wish to push themselves can develop those skills, so that they have the opportunity to apply for universities where an admissions test is required or a university where a good score in an admissions test can lead to a lower offer. 

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Course length 1 day

This one-day course supports teachers in understanding how best to assist their students with the transition to undergraduate study, and how to prepare them for the mathematical expectations of university admissions tests.

What are the mathematical expectations of universities for students starting their courses? Mathematical skills are important for many undergraduate degree schemes. This course will explain what indications of mathematical ability universities are looking for when they receive a UCAS application. It will also give up-to-date information about admissions tests. The number of entry exams required by universities has risen in the past few years. Some are compulsory, while some simply reduce entrance requirements. There are 11 admissions tests that have mathematical content and these are for a variety of subjects. This course will explain what support students will need in school and where else they can access support to ensure that they gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed.

 

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Course length 1 day

Admissions tests are being used by an increasing number of universities to identify students suitable for their undergraduate STEM degrees. Some of these examinations form part of the university offer and some can be used to lower A level offers on particular courses.

This professional development course looks at the three main admissions tests for undergraduate Mathematics degrees: the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

The course will also include materials suitable for use in general classes to develop students’ problem-solving skills so that students gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed.

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Conferences

Course length 4 days

We are delighted to bring you our 2022 Further Mathematics Conference which will provide engaging ways of teaching Further Mathematics and provide insight into supporting students with university admissions tests.

The Conference has now ended.  Slides and recordings can be found here.

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You may also find it useful to take a look at the series of PD videos which include some focused on problem solving.

Details of all of our professional development courses are available on our Events listing. If you have a particular need and you cannot find something suitable there, please contact your local AMSP Area Coordinator who will be able to advise you. Alternatively, please complete this expression of interest form to advise us of the type of professional development that interests you. The detail you provide will be used to alert you if professional development which matches your need is made available.