Science for secondary probationers NS203

Building on experiences provided by SUSS, this course focuses on enhancing the range of activites available to participants for use in CfE.


This course will build on the practical experiences provided by the Scottish Universities Science School, which is attended by the vast majority of science teachers in their initial teacher education year in Scotland, and offer further opportunities to consolidate and enhance professional networks.

Through this programme, with practical work at its core, we will focus on enhancing the range of activities which participants will be able to use to support Curriculum for Excellence in their classrooms.  More than half of the practical elements of the course will be devoted to subjects other than participants’ own area of expertise.Combined with opportunities for professional networking, the course will offer participants a rich and vibrant programme that will enhance teaching and learning within their institutions.

To apply for this course please contact SSERC directly ( who will forward you the necessary information. Shortly after the published closing date for applications the Administration Team at SSERC will send to successful applicants:

  • confirmation of an offer of a place on the course together with details on enrolment procedures
  • information on ENTHUSE bursary and how to apply for such a bursary
  • a set of terms and conditions which you must meet in order to qualify for an ENTHUSE bursary

If you are a supply teacher you may still qualify for an ENTHUSE bursary; please contact SSERC to establish your eligibility

Who is it for?

Probationer Teachers

What topics are covered?

Participants will engage in practical activities relevant to making the Broad General Education phase of the Scottish science curriculum engaging and inspiring. In hands-on laboratory sessions, subject specialists will explore approaches to teaching areas of science out with their subject specialism.

How will you learn?

Blended delivery

How long is this course?

2 days plus self study, total 15 hours

Course Leaders

Kate Andrews


Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate an enhanced portfolio of ideas for practical work both within and outside their own subject specialism
  • use a wider variety of teaching strategies to promote pupils’ learning in science including demonstrations and scientific enquiry
  • exemplify the importance of contemporary science and its applications in the context of the curriculum   
  • network with fellow professionals and explore mechanisms for ongoing support
  • receive a range of resources to support learning and teaching in their classroom



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