Chemistry for non-specialists NY243

Providing teachers with the confidence, flair and enthusiasm to teach chemistry at all levels.


Designed to provide teachers with the confidence, flair and enthusiasm to teach chemistry at key stages 3 and 4. It is specifically aimed at those who are not chemistry specialists. This course is run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry and is supported by chemistry practitioners from the National STEM Learning Centre. Course fees vary for participants outside the UK. Please contact for more information.
Covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and practical chemistry, as well as supporting teachers in challenging both students, and their own, misconceptions in chemistry. Lab sessions provide hands-on opportunities to explore and refine experiments and demonstrations. Support is provided both during and after the course to help participants embed their learning and understanding. A large bank of resources will be supplied to enable participants increase their chemistry repertoire back in their school. 

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for science teachers who are not chemistry specialists but are required to deliver chemistry up to GCSE level. 

What topics are covered?

  • diffusion and equilibria
  • electrolysis
  • chemical reactions
  • titration
  • rates of reaction
  • Organic chemistry and polymers
  • models and misconceptions
  • important aspects of health and safety
  • diagnostic questioning
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 four day residential course split across two residential periods. If you prefer, you can take this course in one 4-day residential period by visiting   


By the end of the course participants will have:

  • increased their understanding of chemistry topics at Key Stage 3 and 4
  • become more confident and competent in the teaching of chemistry
  • rehearsed relevant and interesting practical experiments and demonstrations to help inspire and engage their students
  • developed an understanding of common student misconceptions and how these can be addressed
  • developed the effective use of scientific models relevant to the teaching of chemistry



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