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"If a theory can not be explained to a child, then the theory is probably worthless." - Albert Einstein

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 9 weeks: October to December
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Tutor: Nadia Iqbal
  • Fees from £95 to £178
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
Booking Link

Do you sometimes find your children ask you questions about science homework, and you struggle to give them an answer?

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 science (for primary school children) in the National Curriculum for schools in England, covers a wide range of topics, and remembering what we have learned at school ourselves, to help our children can be difficult, especially if our everyday work does not deal directly with science.

Thankfully, you do not need to be a scientist to understand at least some aspects of science, and on this course, designed for parents and other carers of children, you will have the opportunity to explore the kind of school science being taught to your children under the National Curriculum for Schools in England (KS1 and KS2). In doing so, we aim to give you the confidence to understand school science, and help your children with their school science homework.

The course aims to be informative and fun, and will show basic science in action, as well as explaining key scientific ideas.

The course is based on a hugely successful course first created at the University of York, and we are grateful to Alex Brown, Iain Barr and their colleagues at the University of York for their kind assistance in helping us to set up this course. It is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge of science is necessary.

Course Information

Course Programme

Week 1: 

  • What is Science?
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Structure and function of living organisms 

Week 2:

  • Material cycles and energy
  • Interaction and interdependencies

Week 3:

  • Genetics and evolution
  • Infection and response

Week 4:

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Atoms, elements, and compounds

Week 5:

  • Chemical reactions and energetics

Week 6:

  • Earth and atmosphere 

Week 7:

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Energy, motion and forces

Week 8:

  • Waves, electricity and electromagnetism

Week 9:

  • Space physics

This programme is provisional and may be subject to modification

Additional Reading and Credit Information

There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.

No academic credits are available for this course. An attendance certificate is issued only to those who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions.

About Your Tutor

Your tutor for this course is Nadia Iqbal. After completing a MSc in Molecular Medicine nadia gained a considerable amount of experience within the education sector as well as various research, clinical trials, medical and teaching laboratories.  She has an active interest in scientific matters and aims to introduce different scientific revelations and developments to students in a fun and exciting way.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
18  9  £178    (Early Bird rate: £162*) £104    (Early Bird rate: £95*)
£137    (Early Bird rate: £126*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 18  9 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks) n/a n/a

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (7) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to the course tutor, Dr Nadia Iqbal,