Teaching Key Stage 4 chemistry NY306 / A21

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


Develop subject knowledge and pedagogical skills enabling the effective teaching of Key Stage 4 chemistry.
Teaching Key Stage 4 chemistry as a non-specialist can be daunting and even more so if you don’t have a science background. You will gain the subject specific knowledge and resources required to teach chemistry effectively.
This course we will help you get the best out of your students, by working on their misconceptions, engaging with core practicals and supporting your students with the final written exam, by developing sound practice in GCSE chemistry. 

Who is it for?

Open to both teachers from other science disciplines, and those coming from a non-science background who may be teaching Key Stage 4 chemistry for the first time. 

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:
  • effective practical work and demonstrations
  • better ways of delivering understanding of practical techniques
  • identification and treatment of common misconceptions
  • suitable resources to enhance your teaching
  • pragmatic health and safety for practical chemistry
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?

  • 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 this course, you will be able to: 
  • teach Key Stage 4 chemistry with increased confidence using a range of teaching strategies to assess students’ prior understanding 
  • counter your students' misconceptions and move learning forward at pace
  • evaluate the impact of change within your teaching on students attitudes and outcomes  


Day 1 - Teaching key stage 4 chemistry (Face to face)15 November 202111:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 - Teaching key stage 4 chemistry (Face to face)16 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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Additional information

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

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