Teacher professional development courses

No matter what career stage you’re at, we have a CPD course for you

All  in-person professional development courses are suspended until July 2020. To support you through this challenging time we have made all online PD courses free until August 2020. More information about  Coronavirus and RSC Education events .

In-person or online?

All our courses are available in-person and, in some cases, we also offer an online version so check the course details for the full range of options.

In-person courses

Get practical experience alongside your peers. We draw on up-to-date education research and current pedagogical techniques so whether you’re newly qualified or highly experienced, the content of these courses are always relevant and valuable.

Who should attend?

  • Specialist chemistry teachers with several years of experience who want an insight into the best practice of teaching specific modules or areas.
  • New chemistry teachers who’ve attended the Developing Expertise in Practical Chemistry for NQTs and RQTs course but want to further their understanding of how to teach a specific area of chemistry.
  • Non-specialist chemistry teachers who want to enhance their understanding of how to teach a specific area of chemistry.

Shared outcomes

After any of our courses, participants come away with

  • a greater understanding of misconceptions (and how to deal with them)
  • an appreciation for the ‘thread’ of key ideas that are part of any topic
  • a familiarity with the full range of resources, activities and support we provide

In-person Courses


Online courses

Our series of online CPD courses are designed to help you develop your subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in key areas of chemistry – at your own pace. The flexibility to complete topics in the order most useful to you, whenever and wherever you choose, is a key benefit of learning this way.

Course structure

  • Core ideas: the key subject knowledge needed in order to teach a topic
  • Exploring understanding: delving into common misconceptions
  • Developing understanding: the best ways to address and correct misconceptions
  • Checking understanding: multiple choice questions to ensure you’re confident with the content covered so far
  • Applying understanding: a series of articles, papers and blogs to contextualise the topic, plus other further reading
  • Additional resources and activities: tools to use with students

All our online CPD courses have passed the Royal Society of Chemistry’s CPD training approval process, so once you finish the course you can download a certificate for your professional development record.

Online Courses