Discover approaches to engage 14-16 year old students through practical lessons in chemistry with this CPD for science teachers.

Start your free 7-day trial

10,251 enrolled on this course

Teaching Practical Science: Chemistry
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 3 of 3
  • Get full ExpertTrack access

    $39/monthFind out more
  • Accreditation

    AvailableMore info
The CPD Certification Service

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. Find out more.

Ensure your students get the most from chemistry practicals

In this course you will explore how going beyond ‘recipe following’, teachers can use practical work in chemistry to support explanation of theory. You’ll discover ‘microscale’ experiments to allow more students to take an active role in their learning through practical work. You will consider what’s happening in your own classroom and develop and share creative ways of teaching practical chemistry with approaches that are applicable to a range of situations including GCSE required practicals.

Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds [Mark Langley] Chemistry is a fantastic subject which bridges the physical sciences and life sciences, with everything around us a product of chemistry. No object can be made that is not composed of chemicals. Students are fascinated by the wide array of reactions and experiments, but can also be challenged by the underlying science. Experiments in the classroom are effective ways to engage your students in the amazing world of chemistry allowing them to have first-hand experience of observing chemical phenomena up close. Teaching Practical Chemistry will take you through a series of experiments and demonstrations suitable for students aged 14-16 years studying chemistry.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds Each week will focus on a specific curriculum topic, coupled with a pedagogical theme to support your development as a science teacher, as well as hints and tips on staging effective practical activities with your students In week 1 we will look at a series of electrolysis experiments alongside how to build context into your practical work. Week 2 will focus on rates of reaction practicals and progression of your students’ chemistry knowledge and practical skills over time. Assessment in chemistry will form the basis of week 3 where we will also look at different methods of making salts and how students can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in practical chemistry, identifying how well students understand the methodology behind the activities.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds This course is one of three secondary practical science courses from STEM Learning, designed for both new and experienced teachers to enhance student learning through practical work. As a participant on this course you

Skip to 1 minute and 41 seconds will be able to: gain confidence in teaching and evaluating practical skills in chemistry; share ideas on how to bring real world contexts to science lessons; plan for progression and assessment in practical work; and collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science. Join us online and develop your students’ learning through practical chemistry.

What topics will you cover?

  • Practical work for 14-16 year olds for the key topics of: electrolysis, rates of reaction and salt preparation.
  • Contextualising practical work in chemistry to the everyday environment.
  • How progression in practical work impacts on students’ learning.
  • Assessment of learning through practical work in chemistry.
  • Approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas.

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

Download a PDF

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Improve your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in chemistry for 14-16 year olds.
  • Develop effective learning outcomes for practical work in chemistry.
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students’ learning.
  • Design progression and assessment approaches within practical work in chemistry.
  • Discuss with colleagues, try out activities and share thinking, in order to develop your teaching practice.

Who is the course for?

The course has been designed as CPD for teachers of science subjects for 14-16 year olds. Teachers of chemistry, early career teachers, returning teachers and non-specialist teachers will gain from the peer learning and resources available on this course.

Learn from national CPD subject leaders, the experience of other teachers and access high quality supporting resources throughout this course.

What software or tools do you need?

Access to a laboratory is recommended in order for you to evaluate approaches to practical work during this course.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professional Development Leader at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. My background is chemistry and physics secondary teaching, as well as having been a Head of Science.

Secondary Chemistry Professional Development Leader at the National STEM Centre. Former teacher of chemistry at KS3-5, experienced Head of Science and Assistant Headteacher.

Professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

About this ExpertTrack

Discover how to engage students aged 14-16 in science, using hands-on experiments in this three-part CPD ExpertTrack for teachers.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Learner reviews

Learner reviews cannot be loaded due to your cookie settings. Please and refresh the page to view this content.

Start learning today - free 7-day trial

After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
  • Keep access to the content of courses you complete even after your subscription ends

Do you know someone who'd love this course? Tell them about it...

You can use the hashtag #FLSTEMPractical to talk about this course on social media.