Maths for A level chemistry NY297 / B23

Start date
4 Jun 24
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 teaching chemistry at A level.

The course explores a range of teaching and learning strategies for successful integration of mathematics skills in A level chemistry to develop deeper understanding of mathematics and chemistry concepts. We discuss how to support students to apply their GCSE mathematics knowledge in an A level context and 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, are familiar and confident with the A level chemistry curriculum and wish to develop their understanding of the mathematics underpinning the chemistry content. 

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:
  • Supporting students to apply GCSE mathematics skills in A level chemistry
  • Graphs: finding gradients and equations, and applying this to the rate reaction
  • The mathematics behind the pH scale
  • The mathematics underpinning the Arrhenius equation
  • Techniques to develop mathematical reasoning, problem solving and resilience
  • 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. 

How long is this course?

This is a two-day intensive residential course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Michael Anderson

    I am a Mathematics Subject Specialist for STEM Learning. Based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, I support with secondary mathematics...


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  


Maths for A level chemistry - Day 104 June 202411:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Maths for A level chemistry - Day 205 June 202409:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


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

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