IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


An Introduction to the Role of the Science Technician in Schools and Colleges

14 July 2022, 9:15 am–4:00 pm

Science technician. Photo: Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez for UCL.

Please note that this course has now be postponed to Autumn 2022. For more details, please email ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk

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IOE Short Courses


Room 822
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Course overview

This one-day course will give you an introduction to the role of the school or college science technician. You'll learn about:

  • health and safety
  • policies, procedures and protocols
  • technician skills
  • where to get more information or support and what's next.

The course will help you to provide efficient and effective support to the whole science department and enhance student learning.

Course content

The course covers:

  • the role of the science technician in a school or college
  • procedures and protocols
  • health and safety and the technician
  • keeping up to date
  • a whole afternoon session of hands-on practical activities - which will cover key technical skills necessary to effectively prepare practical lessons (for example: making up an accurate solution, glass work and making equipment, fault finding, hints, tips and best practice)
  • the opportunity to use a variety of equipment and share ideas with others.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for school or college science technicians working at any key stage, or for those who just simply wish to refresh their skill set and be up-to-date with current best practice.

Entry requirements

You'll need to be working as a science technician in a school or college.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:

  • Gain confidence in the support you provide for the science department and students.
  • Develop and enhance the technical service and work cohesively as a member of a team.
  • Describe and apply policies, procedures and actions that will lead to an effective and efficient technical service.
  • Describe and explain safety implications and how to address them.
  • Develop skills to identify and share good practice.

Course structure

The course is delivered mainly as a lecture with interactive discussion, and a practical workshop in the afternoon.


You'll get a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

Please note that this course has now be postponed to Autumn 2022.

For more details, please email ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk

About the Speaker

Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie is a professional tutor and consultant for science technicians who work in an educational setting.