Chemistry for non-specialists NY243

Providing teachers with the confidence to teach chemistry at KS3 and KS4.


Designed to provide teachers with the knowledge of core concepts at KS3 and KS4. This course is for science teachers who are not chemistry specialists or those who need to build their confidence in teaching chemistry. We will cover a wide range of topics in theoretical and practical chemistry, developing the substantive and disciplinary knowledge underlying these. We will also support teachers in challenging both students and, their own, misconceptions in chemistry. 
This course may support you with Science Benchmark 3 - Effective teaching and learning in science
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Who is it for?

Teachers of science who are not chemistry specialists, ECTs.

What topics are covered?

  • electrolysis, chemical reactions
  • moles and titrations
  • rates of reaction
  • acids and bases
  • models and misconceptions
  • chemistry required practicals
  • organic chemistry

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 five day residential course split across two residential periods. If you prefer, you can take this course in one 4-day residential period by visiting   


You will have:

  • increased understanding of chemistry topics at KS3 and KS4
  • become more confident and competent in the teaching of chemistry
  • developed an understanding of common students misconceptions and how these can addressed


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