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Polymer Study Tours - Bringing the Curriculum to Life (short course)

Why study this course?

The Polymer Study Tour is an intensive four-day residential course for secondary school teachers of science and design technology. With its focus on teaching resources, information on new developments and networking opportunities with teachers in the discipline, this course is intended to help you improve your knowledge and understanding of aspects of the curriculum related to polymers.

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The course is designed to improve your professional knowledge and encourage more confident teaching. Its aims are to:

  • deliver valuable teaching resources related to the science and design technology curriculum
  • promote knowledge of polymers and their importance to the quality of everyday life
  • inform on new developments in materials, science and prototyping/manufacturing technologies
  • improve perception of polymers through consideration of life cycle analysis, recycling and sustainability
  • provide practical experience in polymer testing and processing
  • offer networking opportunities to the teachers from both disciplines in an informal and friendly environment
  • give a chance to visit major plastics processing companies

The course is approved for professional development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Teachers who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their professional development portfolio.

This course is closely related to the science, and design and technology curriculum, and is therefore suitable for both practising and trainee teachers in these subjects.

Day one (starting on a Sunday afternoon to allow time for travel to the venue):

Day two:

  • lectures on polymer science and technology
  • practical sessions and workshops, including hands-on polymer processing and testing, CAD and CAM
  • dinner with a guest lecture from a local industrialist or academic

Day three:

Day four (course closing by 4pm to allow time for travel):

  • lectures on sustainable environment polymer materials and applications
  • practical session on polymer identification and testing
  • final session: evaluation, development and improvement

For more information download the Polymer Study Tours leaflet.

Course dates Not currently available
Length Four days
Day and time Sunday to Wednesday
Maximum class size 20
Contact hours  To be confirmed

How to apply

This course is free but booking is essential. To register your interest, please email The Cass short courses at

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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