Online courses

Online professional development for teachers from the Royal Society of Chemistry

Our courses are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of key concepts in teaching chemistry. Each course can be completed at your own pace, giving you time to try out new strategies and activities in your classroom before progressing further.

We’ve made all online PD courses free until December 2020  

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Quantitative chemistry

Quantitative chemistry is a very important branch of chemistry because it enables chemists to calculate known quantities of materials. For example, how much product can be made from a known starting material or how much of a given component is present in a sample.

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Developing and using models

Chemistry is the study of materials both on the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Chemists use models to try and explain their observations as they formulate theories. As new data becomes available, chemists evaluate the model they are using and if necessary go on to refine it by making modifications.

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Effective pedagogy

An effective teacher must have a range of different teaching and 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 if they are to get the ideas across to the students.

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Energy and change

Energy changes are very important in chemistry since almost all reactions involve a change in energy. You will meet different types of energy changes and find out how to use them in energy cycles.

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Maths skills

Chemists need a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts including numerical calculations, algebraic functions and data handling skills in order to succeed in chemistry.

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Redox chemistry

Redox reactions take us down an important conceptual pathway in chemistry. Our understanding of redox begins with the gain and loss of oxygen and develops into the gain and loss of hydrogen. 

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Analytical chemistry

You walk into a chemistry lab and pick up a bottle labelled magnesium oxide. You assume the label matches the identity of the powder inside, but how would you make sure? Welcome to the world of analytical chemistry. Analytical chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us.

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Materials chemistry

Material science is the study of all the materials we see in the world around us. From the clothes we wear and the dinner plates we eat off to the new technologies used in sports, medicines and computing.

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Carbon chemistry

Carbon chemistry is so important that it has a whole branch of chemistry entirely devoted to it - organic chemistry. The number of compounds that contain carbon vastly exceeds all other compounds combined.