IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Technicians Supporting Chemistry Practical Work for A Level

28 June 2023, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Technician stirring glass beaker. Photo: Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez for UCL.

*Fully booked* | 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 chemistry teaching and student learning.

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IOE Short Courses


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

This course is now fully booked

Please email ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk to register your interest or join an alternative date or course.

Course overview 

You'll learn how to support a range of practical activities through hands-on experience of a variety of apparatus and experiments. Additionally, you will also look at:

  • Ways to incorporate digital technologies into lessons to support learning
  • Health and safety, potential hazards and risk assessment.

During the course you will have plenty of networking opportunities with other technicians and will benefit from the chance to share best practice methods.

Course content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the current A level curriculum
  • Health and safety, the process of risk assessment and keeping up to date
  • Q-fit apparatus.

You'll also look at two experiments in detail:

  • inorganic chemistry - carrying out a titration
  • organic chemistry - making a halogenoalkane and a simple distillation.
  • practical activities with hints and tips to include, colorimetry, thin layer chromatography, vacuum filtration, pH probes and dataloggers, measuring melting points, drop chemistry and rates of reaction.

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 chemistry
  • 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
  • Gain experience in the set-up and demonstration of key chemistry 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.

Costs and booking

This course is now fully booked

Please email ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk to register your interest or join an alternative date or course.

About the Speaker

Stephanie Shaw

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