Developing expertise in teaching chemistry: Analytical chemistry(online)

Provider: Royal Society of Chemistry
£50.00 (no VAT on this item) for non-members
£37.50 (no VAT on this item) for Learn Chemistry Partnership schools
£25.00 (no VAT on this item) for Royal Society of Chemistry members

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Description This course looks at analytical chemistry, from the introduction of core ideas to addressing common misconceptions. It includes access to a range of activities and resources to support students' learning.
Duration 9 hours

Royal Society of Chemistry's website
Categories Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Sciences, Further education, 14-19, KS3, KS4, Teaching staff, Online, Chemistry
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

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. The course will allow you to learn about the key concepts in that area and access ideas and resources to enhance your classroom teaching.

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. Beginning with the classification of substances into elements, compounds and mixtures, we will be delving into analytical techniques ranging from chromatography to chemical tests to advanced instrumental techniques. Analytical chemistry brings together many aspects of the chemistry syllabus as the separation and identification of a compound requires an understanding of its unique chemistry. Much like detective work, analytical chemistry involves collecting and piecing together the evidence. ‚Äč

The course not only provides you with the core content that you need to teach, but also takes you through common student misconceptions, experimental techniques and interesting stimuli for discussion and developing each topic further.

After working through this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the core ideas in analytical chemistry;
  • explain the progression and development of analytical chemistry through secondary education;
  • identify common misconceptions in students' thinking and explore how these misconceptions can be addressed; and
  • access a wide variety of resources to help students learn about analytical chemistry in an engaging manner.
Evidence underpinning this approach

This course was selected to show how the progression of key ideas throughout secondary education plays an important role in compound identification. It also takes you through common student misconceptions, experimental techniques and interesting stimuli for discussion and developing each topic further. By improving teacher confidence with the topic, student confidence should also improve.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Learning outcomes have been designed by highly qualified course authors, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, with the target audience in mind. The course content has been written to achieve the learning outcomes and there are opportunities for self-assessment included within the course.

Within the course, there is a course development plan that can be used to stipulate aims and impact. It also includes space to reflect on these at the end of the course.

Follow-up activities and support

The course includes links to articles and resources to support lesson planning for teaching the topic, following the course.


This online course allows participants to access the material remotely. This is particularly useful for teachers, as it means that they need less time away from the classroom as there is no travel involved. There is also a cost reduction because of this, including travel and cover for teaching time. The participant can work through the material at their own pace and there is the functionality to dip in and out of the material.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.