Developing expertise in teaching chemistry: Energy and change (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 energy changes, 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

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Categories Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Sciences, Further education, 14-19, KS3, Management, 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.

Energy changes are very important in chemistry since almost all reactions involve a change in energy. In this module you will learn the vocabulary needed to discuss energy changes, how to measure and calculate them and why they occur. You will meet different types of energy changes and find out how to use them in energy cycles. Discussion about what drives chemical reactions leads to the concepts of entropy and free energy. The 'energy and change' thread of ideas shows the progression and development of core ideas from secondary student level through to post-16 students and beyond.

After working through this module you will be able to:

  • understand the core ideas about energy changes;
  • explain how the key ideas in energy changes develop and progress throughout secondary education;
  • identify common misconceptions and know how these can be addressed;
  • confidently and competently teach aspects of energy and change to secondary school students;
  • and access a range of activities and resources to support students in their learning about chemistry and energy change.
Evidence underpinning this approach

This topic was selected as it includes calculations that students often find difficult to master. 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, which means less time away from the classroom, as there is no travel involved. This means no costs will arise through travel or cover for teaching time. Participants 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.