Chemistry for non-specialists NY243 / A21

Start date
28 Sep 21
5 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us
Get In Touch

The booking deadline for this course has passed.


Designed to provide teachers with the confidence, flair and enthusiasm to teach chemistry at key stages 3 and 4. It is specifically aimed at those who are not chemistry specialists. This course is run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry and is supported by chemistry practitioners from the National STEM Learning Centre. Course fees vary for participants outside the UK. Please contact for more information.
Covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and practical chemistry, as well as supporting teachers in challenging both students, and their own, misconceptions in chemistry. Lab sessions provide hands-on opportunities to explore and refine experiments and demonstrations. Support is provided both during and after the course to help participants embed their learning and understanding. A large bank of resources will be supplied to enable participants increase their chemistry repertoire back in their school. 

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for science teachers who are not chemistry specialists but are required to deliver chemistry up to GCSE level. 

What topics are covered?

  • diffusion and equilibria
  • electrolysis
  • chemical reactions
  • titration
  • rates of reaction
  • Organic chemistry and polymers
  • models and misconceptions
  • important aspects of health and safety
  • diagnostic questioning
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 four day residential course split across two residential periods. If you prefer, you can take this course in one 4-day residential period by visiting   

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


By the end of the course participants will have:

  • increased their understanding of chemistry topics at Key Stage 3 and 4
  • become more confident and competent in the teaching of chemistry
  • rehearsed relevant and interesting practical experiments and demonstrations to help inspire and engage their students
  • developed an understanding of common student misconceptions and how these can be addressed
  • developed the effective use of scientific models relevant to the teaching of chemistry


Day 1 - Chemistry for non-specialists (Face to face)28 September 202111:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 - Chemistry for non-specialists (Face to face)29 September 202109:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 3 - Chemistry for non-specialists (Face to face)30 September 202109:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 4 - Chemistry for non-specialists (Face to face)10 January 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 5 - Chemistry for non-specialists (Face to face)11 January 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


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

Share with your CPD booker

Fees & Bursaries

Get In Touch

The booking deadline for this course has passed.

Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

Interested in this course?

Sign up to receive our emails to hear about the latest CPD available