Getting to grips with A level chemistry (SASP) RC502 / A16

Start date
15 Feb 16
STEM Learning Centre, University of Hertfordshire, Hertford SG13 8LD View on Google Map


This 9 day programme of Chemistry topics is designed for those who wish to teach Chemistry to learners aged 11-19, but who may not have a secondary ITT specialism in the subject. The Science as an Additional Specialism (SASP) Chemistry programme is guaranteed to improve subject knowledge and classroom and practical skills and successful participants will be enabled to teach their subject confidently. The training includes both theory and practical work and comprises 8days of face to face teaching in academic holiday time, plus one further day.

We will focus on subject knowledge, practical skills and the difficulties that students have, why they occur and how to identify (or diagnose) them in each session, as well as exploring classroom activities to support learning. In each case, we will look at a variety of teaching and learning strategies.

The topics studied (with related practical work and relevant context as integral aspects of each session are as follows:

15.2.16 Quantitative chemistry

16.2.16 Energy and change

17.2.16 Carbon chemistry (a.m.) and Structure and bonding (p.m.)

03.3.16 Drug development and discovery using spectroscopy

04.4.16 Rates of reaction and equilibria

05.4.16 Redox chemistry

06.4.16 Analytical techniques

26.7.16 Structure and bonding 2 (a.m.) and the chemistry of colour (p.m.)

27.7.16 Further analytical techniques (a.m.) and organic chemistry and problem solving (p.m.)

The high quality, high impact  programme is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry suite of CPD opportunities in Developing Expertise in Teaching Chemistry. It is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of key concepts in chemistry at pre and post-16 levels and is supported by chemistry practitioners from the Science Learning Network.

The University of Hertfordshire (UH) is offering the full 9 days of CPD as a package totalling £1500 (saving £430) paid in advance and booked before 31st January 2016, making the training very cost effective for schools. A combined bursary from the DfE and RCUK totalling £825 is available to eligible schools. Individual days may also be booked subject to availability for a fee of £215 per day for maintained schools or £435 for independent schools.  Independent schools are not eligible for the bursary.

This is a guaranteed way of getting a confident and effective chemistry teacher and is far cheaper than placing an advert in the TES!!!



Outcomes for Participants:

  • extends subject knowledge and develops skills with others from schools across the region
  • opportunity to contribute new ideas into the department's schemes of work and lesson plans
  • opportunity to raise the overall quality of teaching and learning in lessons
  • wider teaching opportunities after the programme is complete

Outcomes for Schools:

  • measureable action for improvement of science provision on School Development Plans
  • opens up greater opportunities for the science department, e.g. to run separate sciences at KS4 or to offer full range science at post-16
  • raising the quality of teaching and learning in science lessons
  • potential impact on GCSE and other KS4 A* to C achievement in science
  • potential impact on A level and other post-16 achievers in chemistry

Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be an opportunity for a telephone discussion with the programme tutor to ensure that the course fits with participants' needs.

For participants offered places, local hotel accommodation can be arranged at UH corporate rates for those who travel some distance, the cost of which will need to be borne by individuals.



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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£1,500.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£1,500.00 +VAT

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