In-person courses

Face to face professional development for teachers from the Royal Society of Chemistry

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 .

These courses are delivered as either a twilight (after school) event, half-day or full day event. In exceptional circumstances, we can meet a bespoke need combining elements from the following courses into a multi-event course, taking place over a series of different days. All courses address either pre-16 teaching, post-16 teaching or both within the given are of chemistry.

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  • Light yellow liquid in beaker

    Organic chemistry

    Learn about ways to address the underlying principles of how organic reaction mechanisms work and encourage your students to consider what drives electron movements rather than thinking about reactions in isolation.

  • 2D Structure with a background of chocolate

    Structure and bonding

    Delve into the key concepts essential to understanding bonding and explore how to use models to describe and explain observable phenomena. You will understand how to use the orbital model to explain interactions between different types of particles, coloured transition metal ions and many more.

  • Solar panels, wind turbines and power-lines in green fields

    Energy and change

    Learning the vocabulary needed to discuss energy changes, how to measure and calculate them and why they occur. Develop understanding of different types of energy changes and how to use them in energy cycles.

  • Chemical reaction-Pipette, producing carbon dioxide

    Redox chemistry

    Travel down an important conceptual pathway leading to a fundamental understanding: all chemical reactions can be perceived as the rearrangement of electrons. Gain a greater understanding of the key concepts in redox reactions.

  • Pouring light yellow liquid into beaker of clear liquid causing a chemical reaction changing the clear water dark red

    Equilibria chemistry

    Research shows that most students’ difficulties lie with the understanding of the core ideas associated with equilibria rather than the mechanics of doing the calculations. This course focuses on what happens during a chemical reaction, rather than just being able to calculate the right answer.

  • Blood vials with different coloured covers

    Analytical chemistry

    Analytical chemistry is an important area of chemistry as it provides us with techniques and methods for identifying what something is. These techniques include distillation, chromatography, various chemical tests and various forms of spectroscopy.

  • Compounds are weighed using scales to yield grams

    Quantitative chemistry

    Quantitative chemistry enables chemists to calculate known quantities of materials and by completing this course you’ll develop your understanding of its core ideas as well as how to convey those ideas to your students.

  • Ph test papers dipped in different coloured pots

    Acids and bases

    Explore the identification of patterns in the formulae of acids and bases and attempts to link them to types of bonding and patterns in the periodic table, while developing your confidence in using experiments, demonstrations and discussion to tackle misconceptions in this area of teaching chemistry.

  • Scientist showing a piece of graphene with hexagonal molecule

    Carbon chemistry

    Developing an understanding of simple carbon chemistry using molecular models to help reinforce the link between teaching, learning activities and the underlying chemistry.

  • Female high school student studying molecule model in science class

    Developing and using models

    Take a look at some processes involved in developing, using and assessing a model using examples from various areas of chemistry. Understanding the difficulties students face when trying to link macroscopic observations to microscopic explanations, and address this issue using appropriate models and analogies.

  • Slow bubble reaction in orange test tube

    Rates of reaction chemistry

    Discover ways to teach rates of reaction chemistry through the medium of experimental work. Practical investigations are at the core of this course, which identifies common student misconceptions and helps you develop strategies for overcoming them.

  • Poly(methyl methacrylate) molecule. Atoms are represented as spheres and are colour-coded: carbon (grey), hydrogen (white) and oxygen (red)

    Materials chemistry

    From the clothes we wear and the dinner plates we eat off to the new technologies used in sports, medicines and computing, this course will help to develop your understanding of key concepts in materials chemistry.

  • School students examine a molecular structure model. Their teacher is talking with them about the molecular structure

    Pedagogical approaches to chemistry teaching

    An effective teacher must have a range of different teaching, learning tools that can be drawn upon and used in the classroom. For effective learning to take place, the teacher must not only have good subject knowledge but also effective pedagogical skills to get the ideas across to the students.

  • Teacher helping students

    Practical chemistry for NQTs

    The focus of this course is on developing practical skills and gaining experience carrying out relevant and interesting practical experiments and demonstrations, to help inspire and engage students.

  • Teacher talking to students in chemistry classroom

    Chemistry for non-specialists

    Chemistry for non-specialists has been designed to equip you with the confidence, flair and enthusiasm to teach chemistry at pre-16 level. If you teach secondary chemistry but have a background in another subject, this course is for you.