Institute of Education


CLEAPSS Supporting Safe and Successful Practical Microbiology

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 09 May 2019

Science Technician Demo

This one-day course will help secondary-school science laboratory technicians learn about the essentials of health and safety and aseptic technique necessary for safe and effective microbiology practicals at Key Stage 3 (KS3), GCSE and A level.

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Short Courses
020 7612 6325


Room: TBC
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Please note that this course is now fully booked.

Who this course is for

This course is for secondary-school science laboratory technicians. You should be familiar with the basics of health and safety management.

Course content

The course covers health and safety guidance so that you can ensure the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations relating to microbes are complied with.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn and try out the techniques to:

  • provide safe cultures for students to use
  • deal with all microbiological materials safely during and after practical lessons.

You'll be able to take away the cultures and plates you've made to watch them develop.

Course structure

The course is delivered as a mixture of a lecture and as a practical workshop.

Entry requirements

You'll need to be the science technician in your school.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have: 

  • gained confidence in the support that you provide in teaching microbiology
  • understood health and safety guidance and regulations
  • learned new techniques for providing safe practicals for students.


£165 for CLEAPSS members.

How to book

You can book online using a credit card by clicking on the link(s) below.

If you wish to pay by invoice and the invoice to be issued to your school, you should send your full details together with a purchase order number and the contact details of your finance department (email address) to: ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk

Available dates

The 9 May 2019 course is now fully booked.


The Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) has a membership of more than 28,000 schools and colleges, mainly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas. As such, it's used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.