New to teaching A level chemistry NY251 / B21

Start date
28 Jun 22
4 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Are you starting out teaching A level chemistry? Even for teachers with a chemistry background it can be daunting to deliver for the first time. This course will support you with effective teaching and learning at AS and A level in chemistry. Common student misconceptions, as well as practical techniques and assessment will be investigated, with ample hands-on practice to hone your approach to student learning.
With much of chemistry centred around good experimental skills and their application, this course will help teachers new to A level to lead and support outstanding practical chemistry, linking it to effective pedagogy within the subject. 

Who is it for?

For teachers with sufficient subject knowledge of A level chemistry but are looking to improve their pedagogical approach.

What topics are covered?

During the course we will cover:
  • redox reactions
  • structure and bonding
  • demonstrations to inspire
  • maths and challenge
  • organic chemistry
  • energy changes
  • analytical chemistry - spectroscopy 
  • resources and support
  • the practical endorsement - good practice in hands on chemistry
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 intensive residential course. Fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • develop your understanding of key concepts within advanced level chemistry
  • identify student misconceptions through diagnostic questions
  • enhance practical skills to ensure students gain mastery of core experimental techniques
  • assess students competence in chemistry through a variety of means


Day 1 - New to teaching A level chemistry (Face to face)28 June 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 - New to teaching A level chemistry (Face to face)29 June 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 3 - New to teaching A level chemistry (Face to face)19 September 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 4 - New to teaching A level chemistry (Face to face)20 September 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


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


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