The Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement course aims, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, to:
- refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge;
- develop scientific thinking;
- develop an awareness of Chemistry in real-life contexts;
- promote independent learning, improve meta-cognitive skills and develop your ability to identify and address your own learning needs.
The course requires your active participation to undertake research, solve problems and analyse data. Topics are approached in meaningful contexts in order to encourage you to explore concepts rather than to simply accept knowledge, and to look at what may be familiar subject knowledge in a different way and therefore develop a better understanding of the subject. This approach will help you to model the pedagogic approach that has been proven to facilitate learning in the classroom.
The aim is to direct you to construct your own knowledge through carrying out a series of tasks and activities. You are expected to form a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the issues under discussion and to form an appreciation of their wider context. Where possible, ideas encountered in the on-demand material are linked to classroom practice and vested in practical science.
The course looks briefly at Key Stage 3 themes and approaches, continuing through and beyond Key Stage 4 to secure your subject knowledge sufficiently to support your teaching at AS/A-level, if required. Most of the sessions have a task associated with them which SKE participants are expected to undertake. These tasks are generally of higher GCSE or A-level standard.
Sample course material
How the course works
All course content is accessed online through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and consists of the following:
- An initial audit to help you plan the areas of study on which you wish to focus. This also provides a baseline from which to measure your progress.
- Online, regular ‘Live’ tutorials with the subject tutor at fixed times during the week.
- Online ‘on-demand’ sessions, resources and associated tasks that can be accessed at any time.
- An online e-Portfolio where you collect the evidence of your work, assessed by the tutor at the end of the course.
- A final audit which will demonstrate the progress you have made at the end of the course.
The on-demand material is supported by the online tutorials which use a problem-solving approach and ideas and concepts are revisited throughout the course. These weekly video conferences are scheduled in groups with a tutor who is an experienced specialist in the subject.
You will need a headset with an inbuilt microphone and USB connection to enable you to participate fully in the live tutorials.