IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Technicians Supporting Biology Practical Work for A Level

27 January 2023, 9:15 am–4:00 pm

Young woman in a practical microbiology course. Image: Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez for UCL

This one-day practical course for science technicians focuses on building knowledge, key technical skills and techniques you will need to effectively support A level biology teaching and student learning.

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IOE Short Courses


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

Please note that this course date has been cancelled

The course will cover:

  • Understanding the current A level curriculum
  • Approaches to experiments known to be problematic and to help ensure successful results
  • Ways to incorporate information and communication technology (ICT) into lessons
  • Health and safety, risk assessments and keeping up to date.

You'll also look at three experiments in detail:

  • Enzymes
  • Respiration
  • Mitosis
  • A circus of other practical activities with hints and tips including a heart rate investigation, making dilutions, colorimetry, photosynthesis and ecology tips.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for all secondary school and college science technicians, especially those working with students at Key Stages 4 and 5.

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:

  • Improve your awareness of the practical demands of A level biology
  • Consider strategies for providing effective technical support
  • Gain confidence in the support you provide for the science department and students
  • Learn new skills and techniques to ensure good quality practical work and share good practice
  • Gain experience in the set-up and demonstration of key biology experiments, including relevant safety precautions
  • Understand hazard identification and risk assessment and the importance of keeping up to date.

Course structure

The course is delivered mainly as a practical workshop with some lectures/discussion.


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

How to book

Please note that this course date has been cancelled. The next available date is 19 May 2023.

Book alternative date here

If you are not able to pay by credit/debit card, an invoice will be raised for upfront payment. If this is your preferred method of payment, email ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk to enquiry how to book this course if you wish to pay by invoice.

About the Speaker

Stephanie Shaw

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