Maths for A level chemistry NY297 / A21

Start date
8 Nov 21
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


There is an increased mathematical demand in in both the GCSE and A level chemistry specifications.
This course is ideal for teachers of chemistry who wish to improve their understanding of the mathematics required to be successful in chemistry at A level.
The course explores teaching strategies for a wide range of mathematical topics including: proportional reasoning, graphs, area and volume, logarithms and exponentials.
Learn the mathematics behind the chemistry in order to teach for understanding. 

Who is it for?

Teachers of chemistry who are currently teaching A level or aspire to teach A level chemistry in the future. 

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:
  • Proportional reasoning: dealing with proportionality in a chemistry context
  • Graphs: drawing, reading information, finding gradients and equations, interpreting in a chemistry context
  • Surface area and volume calculations
  • Logarithms and exponential: what are they and how do we teach them?
  • Understanding the Arrhenius equation

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.

Who is the course leader?

  • Stephen Lyon

    I have taught mathematics for over 30 years in a variety of secondary schools, to all abilities and age ranges up to and including A level further...


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 
  • Improve your knowledge of the mathematical topics required for A level chemistry
  • Have a deeper understanding of the reasons why students have difficulty applying their mathematical skills in a chemistry context
  • Identify pedagogies to help address these issues
  • Explore mathematics resources suitable for teaching A level chemistry  


Mathematics for chemistry teachers up to A Level - day 108 November 202111:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Mathematics for chemistry teachers up to A Level - day 209 November 202109:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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