Teaching Discrete Mathematics

Teaching Discrete Mathematics (TD) is a professional development course which has been written specifically for the new Mathematics A levels and is certificated by MEI. Discrete Mathematics now exists exclusively within Further Mathematics. The content in the TD course appears under three titles in the specifications published by the different Awarding Organisations;

  • Discrete Mathematics - AQA & OCR A,
  • Decision Mathematics - Edexcel
  • Modelling with Algorithms - OCR B (MEI)

The TD course covers the majority of content for all awarding organisations, including all common elements. There are two separate units, TD1 and TD2. TD1 covers the discrete/decision maths content in AS level Further Mathematics. TD2 covers the discrete/decision maths content in A level Further Mathematics.

The course aims to enable participants to:

  • 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 best use of available resources
  • develop confidence with incorporating practical work within mathematics teaching
  • be able to link topics in discrete/decision Mathematics with other areas of mathematics


Course Structure

NCETM CPD Standard TD provides the opportunity for sustained professional development. TD is a blended course which comprises dedicated web-based learning resources, scheduled live online tutorials and face-to-face study days in Coventry. For TD1 starting in Febuary 2019, study days will provisionally be held in London.

The course consists of two separate units:

Teaching Discrete Mathematics 1 (TD1)

Teaching Discrete Mathematics 2 (TD2)

Each unit is scheduled over a half-year period. The content of TD1 is a prerequisite for TD2. Some participants study TD1 followed by TD2. Applicants with sufficient prior knowledge of the TD1 content may elect to study only TD2. It should be noted that TD1 includes topics that were not included in D1 legacy specifications.


Further information about the course

For more details, including FAQs and a link to the online application form, please see

Teaching Discrete Mathematics.