Physics for Non-Specialists Online - Electricity

13 November 2021
09:30 - 13:00

This series of modules delivered online, aims to support non-specialist, early career and trainee teachers with physics teaching to Key Stage 4.

Event Type: 
Online event
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers

Course Description

This course comprises a series of modules and aims to support non-specialist, early career and trainee teachers with physics teaching to Key Stage 4. It will be delivered by experienced trainers from Physics Partners working in partnership with the ASE.

Each module is a 3-hour Saturday session, and will focus on one topic. The overarching aim is to improve participants’ confidence in teaching physics. 

The course will cover common physics misconceptions, pedagogical content knowledge and a structured approach to tackling GCSE level examination questions.  Novel teaching approaches will be also introduced as well as relevant online resources, including the ASE's Concept Cartoons, a valuable learning resource used by many teachers in physics lessons, which are available at discounted rates for registered course delegates. Remaining modules in the series for 2021 to 2022 are:

04 December 21 Energy

22 January 22 Waves

05 February 22 Electromagnetism

12 March 22 Radioactivity

02 April 22 Astronomy

Electricity Programme

Understanding how circuits work can be tricky but explaining it to others is even more of a challenge.  In this course we will unravel the mysteries of electrical circuits and equip you with the tools to succeed in teaching this topic.

Module 1: 09.30 – 10.30 

To start, we will draw on various models and analogies to deepen understanding of charge (starting with static electricity), current, voltage and resistance.

Break 10.30 – 10.45

Module 2: 10.45 – 11.45 

We will demonstrate how to build circuits, including using online simulations, and how to make measurements of relevant electrical quantities to show the relationships between them.  Using the principle of “maths last” we will suggest ways of instilling a conceptual understanding before using formulae to ensure greater retention.

Break 11.45 – 12.00

Module 3: 12.00 – 13.00 

Finally, we will tackle circuit problems and go through some exemplar questions.  We will use concept cartoons to embed what we have learned and share tips on ensuring success with class experiments.  There will be an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions. 

All participants will receive a CPD certificate on receipt of a feedback form.

Supporting Teaching Resources - Concept Cartoons

ASE and Millgate House are delighted to be able to offer the Concept Cartoons physics package at a discounted rate for participants of Physics for Non-Specialists.

Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce science concepts in everyday settings. Each character within the Cartoons has a different opinion about the science being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Concept Cartoons are quick, simple and effective and designed to intrigue, provoke discussion and stimulate thinking. Every Cartoon is guaranteed to provoke passionate discussion and leave pupils wanting to know more.

The resources for physics teaching include the following:

  1. Section 1 – Living things
  2. Section 10 -  Light and shadow set 1
  3. Section 11 – Light and shadow set 2
  4. Section 12 – Sound set 1
  5. Section 13 – Sounds set 2
  6. Section 14 – Earth and moon
  7. Section 15 – Space and gravity
  8. Section 2 – The nature of materials
  9. Section 3 – Changes and properties of materials
  10. Section 4 – Electricity and magnetism set 1
  11. Section 5 – Electricity and magnetism set 2
  12. Section 6 – Physical and chemical changes
  13. Section 7 – Forces and motion

The link for viewing examples and ordering the Physics Concept Cartoons is:

The normal price for the above resources is £15, reduced to £12 when you input the discount code which will be provided to registered participants during the course.

Course Fees

Individual modules are priced as follows:

ASE Member                                     £37.50

ASE Member student/RQT/NQT   £32.50

ASE Non-Member                             £75

For queries, please email