Post Primary Courses

If you are interested in attending a course, please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions carefully beforehand.

Post Primary Course

Queen’s Conquering Covid

This programme is premised around the Faculty’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and consists of talks, tours and activities which showcase the work of our researchers, technicians and students. It highlights the societal impact and social responsibility exhibited during the pandemic.

Participants will:

  • improve subject knowledge by engaging with researchers and cutting edge science
  • improve understanding of the potential career pathways of students studying their subject
  • be able to use the contexts and ideas to enthuse pupils about a career in Life Sciences and will be able to make links to career choices

Course Fee £75Bursary Amount £450

Locations TBC

Post Primary Course

Tips and Tricks (NN222)

Cultivate curiosity and stimulate scientific thinking through fun and unexpected demonstrations that look like magic but are of course science!

This course is filled with simple to make, low cost investigations that don’t require any specialist knowledge to present. They are designed to grab pupils’ attention and imagination. Dr Matt Prichard has 13 years of experience as a science communicator and is an associate of the Inner Magic Circle. He will showcase demonstrations you haven’t seen before but will want to start using straight away. Evidenced by psychological studies, this course will explore the psychological benefits of using wonder as a tool when teaching science.

Learning Outcomes

learn a host of novel science tricks and curious investigations using everyday objects understand how to use the ‘Wow, How, Now’ model to guide pupils through the discovery process have a greater understanding of the role and benefits of wonder for both the pupil and teacher.


21st January 2022 (live online session, 9.30am – 11.00am)

28th January 2022 (live online session, 9.30am – 11.00am)

4th February 2022 (live online session, 9.30am – 11.00am)


Course Fee £175Bursary Amount £390

Locations TBC

Post Primary Course

Transforming Learning in Secondary Science Using Formative Teaching Approaches (NN223)

Research evidence consistently shows that formative practices (Assessment for Learning (AfL)) are at the heart of classrooms where deep and meaningful understanding is nurtured, and greater learning gains are made. This course will look at a wide range of hands-on approaches that can be taken away and used immediately to help teachers build a classroom culture which links to the key areas identified from research.

Learning Outcomes, time will be spent exploring how teachers can:

      • help pupils understand and achieve quality learning;
      • identify where pupils are in their understanding;
      • provide feedback that promotes learning;
      • respond to the differing needs of their pupils;
      • support pupils in working as learning resources for themselves and each other


27th April 2022 (live online session, 9.00am – 4.00pm)

4th May 2022 (live online session, 9.00am – 4.00pm)

Course Fee £195Bursary Amount £500

Locations TBC

Post Primary Course

Physics for Non-Specialists (NN224)

This course is designed to help non-specialists who are teaching physics to increase confidence in their own physics subject knowledge, as well as providing a range of ideas for how to teach topics with pupils. The course will unpick key concepts and provide teaching approaches linked to a range of fundamental physics ideas.


Teachers will cover the following key areas

  • Forces – including Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Energy – including thermal properties
  • Electricity – including current, voltage and resistance
  • Waves – including light and sound

Anyone wishing further support can discuss arranging drop-in clinics with the host who will happy to facilitate these.


9th March 2022 (live online session, 9.00am – 4.00pm)

16th March 2022 (live online session, 9.00am – 4.00pm)


Course Fee £175Bursary Amount £450

Locations TBC