Maths for A level physics NY294

Physics teachers: improve your understanding of mathematics to successfully teach physics.


There is an increased mathematical demand in in both the GCSE and A level physics specifications.

This course is ideal for teachers of physics who wish to improve their understanding of the mathematics required to be successful in teaching physics at A level.

The course explores a range of teaching and learning strategies for successful integration of mathematics skills in A level physics to develop deeper understanding of mathematics and physics concepts. We discuss how to support students to apply their GCSE mathematics knowledge in an A level context and learn the mathematics behind the physics in order to teach for understanding. 

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Who is it for?

Teachers of physics who are currently teaching A level and wish to develop their understanding of the mathematics underpinning the physics content.

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:

  • Supporting students to apply GCSE mathematics skills in A level physics
  • Differentiation and integration applied in physics
  • Teaching mechanics
  • Logarithms and exponentials
  • Graphs and linearisation
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time. 

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions. 

How long is this course?

This is a two-day intensive residential course. 


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Improve your knowledge of the mathematical topics required for A level physics
  • Have a deeper understanding of the reasons why students have difficulty applying their mathematical skills in a physics context
  • Identify pedagogies to help address these issues 
  • Explore mathematics resources suitable for teaching A level physics

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