KS3 science for non-scientists NY275

For teachers or support staff of key stage 3 science, you will focus on the key principles needed to teach science concepts through the use of practical work and stimulating teaching and learning activities.


This course is for non-scientists starting to deliver key stage 3 science as either a class teacher or in small group support. We will focus on the key principles needed to teach key stage 3 biology, chemistry and physics effectively and explore a range of teaching strategies and practical activities to do this. During the course, you will be able to discuss and refine your understanding of key topics with the support of experienced subject specialists and be able to ask questions to improve your confidence and delivery of the subject.

This course may support you with Science Benchmark 3 - Effective teaching and learning in science

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Who is it for?

Teachers teaching outside their specialism, teachers of other subjects who have been asked to teach science, teaching assistants and support staff of science at key stage 3

What topics are covered?

  • forces and magnetism
  • waves
  • energy
  • ecosystems
  • genes
  • chemical reactions
  • the periodic table
  • respiration
  • matter and the particle model
  • cells and microscopes

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face.

How long is this course?

This is a four-day intensive course across two periods



You will be able to:

  • teach key stage 3 science confidently by effectively using a range of teaching strategies to assess students' prior understanding, counter misconceptions and move learning forward
  • clarify and build your own subject knowledge and understanding of core ideas from key stage 3 science
  • integrate practical work into effective learning experiences for students


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

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