National STEM Learning Centre program

Teaching Practical Science

Learn how to improve science lessons for 14-16 year olds, with this flexible program of teaching courses perfect for CPD.

Teaching Practical Science

Develop your students' learning with engaging and effective practical lessons

How can teachers ensure students get the most out of science lessons? What's the best way to teach practical science and progress student learning?

You will develop your classroom practice for 14-16 year old students with this program of flexible courses designed as CPD for teachers of science subjects.

Through the courses you'll build your confidence in teaching practical skills in biology, chemistry and physics. You'll learn how to bring context into your practical lessons, what makes a good learning outcome and you will collaborate with other teachers and trade ideas for teaching science.

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When you complete all courses, upgrade and earn a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will receive a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study and deeper subject knowledge.

9 weeks recommended learning
$207 USD (course costs)
3 courses

What skills will I learn?

The program Teaching Practical Science has been designed for teachers to develop their classroom practice when delivering practical science lessons. By completing all three courses in this program, you will have:

  • improved your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in biology, chemistry and physics for 14-16 year olds;
  • defined effective learning outcomes for practical work in biology, chemistry and physics;
  • reflected on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students’ learning;
  • designed progression and assessment approaches within practical work;
  • collaborated with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science.

Courses on this program

3 courses

How does our pricing work?

Start Learning Free
$207 USD - Course Upgrades

Start learning for free

Yes, there's no obligation to upgrade any of the free courses on your program.

If you do choose to upgrade your courses, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the courses for as long as they exist on FutureLearn
  • Access to tests if the course has any
  • A certificate when you complete the course and score at least 70% on any tests

Please note: In order to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program

How do course upgrades work?

Programs are made up of short courses, some of which you can join for free. If you want to spend more time on the material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get unlimited access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You'll also be granted access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

Please note: In order to take the final assessment, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

Taught by experts in STEM professional development

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.

The courses on this program are developed and led by the subject professional development leaders.

Who will you learn with?

Gill Gunnill

I am a Professional Development Leader at the National STEM Learning Centre. I have been a biology teacher for 34 years with 10 years as Head of Science and 7 years as a senior leader.

Karen Hornby

I taught science for ten years and was Head of Science for three years, before becoming a subject specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre.

Mark Langley

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.

Adam Little

Professional Development Leader: Physics at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. My background is a Head of Science and Assistant Leader of Teaching and Learning.

Tom Lyons

ESERO-UK Teacher Fellow, working for STEM Learning, York. Using the context of space to inspire STEM teaching and learning. Teacher of physics, satellite engineer, father of two.