Curriculum design for secondary school science - available now NE209 / C21

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16 Jun 22
9 Hours
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online, self-paced course. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Discover the key components of a strong secondary school science curriculum in this introductory course. You’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches, as well as how support for teachers can be modelled to support effective learning for students. You’ll consider how practical work and maths skills for science can be embedded in a curriculum and how progression can be mapped effectively. 

Who is it for?

This course is designed for heads of department, or aspiring heads of department, and teachers with responsibility for curriculum planning in secondary science subjects. 

What topics are covered?

This course covers:

  • what a good curriculum and scheme of work looks like.
  • mapping progression of subject knowledge and practical skills across the curriculum.
  • the impact of assessment on different curriculum models.
  • linking maths skills and the science curriculum.
  • working together as a department.

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.
This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.

How long is this course?

This course takes around 9 hours to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace. 


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • identify the key features of an effective science curriculum and scheme of work for students aged 11-19 years.
  • identify progression routes though science subjects to maximise learning.
  • evaluate the development of mathematical skills and extended writing across the curriculum.
  • assess the advantages and disadvantages of different curriculum models for secondary science.
  • discuss the implications of assessment practices on curriculum planning.


Curriculum design for secondary school science16 June 202200:00-00:00



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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£63.00 +VATStandard bursary available*£0.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£81.00 +VAT

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