Short courses


CLEAPSS: Introduction to Preparing Solutions and Apparatus Safely (for Secondary Science Technicians)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day

Please note this course is no longer running

If you are interested in booking this course, please contact CLEAPSS direclty.


This one-day practical course is designed as a first introduction to preparing solutions and apparatus for new and/or inexperienced science technicians

You'll learn the basic skills needed to work safely and effectively in the preparation room. You'll be introduced to health and safety requirements including clarifying the need for control measures to manage risks.

You'll also get an overview of available resources and support.

This course is run by the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) at IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society.

Who this course is for

The course is particularly suitable for new and/or inexperienced secondary science technicians in schools.

Course content

The course covers:

  • introduction to CLEAPSS and keeping up to date
  • the need for control measures
  • recipe sheets (what, why and how)
  • getting the right chemical - reading the label and knowing when to ask for help
  • making solutions: choosing the right equipment, basic techniques and simple adaptations to recipes
  • supporting class activities: identifying equipment, setting out, delivering, retrieving and clearing up
  • setting up equipment for a demonstration
  • simple glasswork

    Teaching and structure

    The one-day course is delivered 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: 

    • developed expertise in choosing equipment, setting up and using it
    • developed your skills in supporting class activities
    • enhanced your skills in simple glasswork

    Course team

    Joanna Sacks for CLEAPSS

    Joanna Sacks for CLEAPSS

    Joanna works as an adviser for CLEAPSS.

    CLEAPSS provides advice and guidance on all aspects of practical work in science, technology and art. This guidance explores ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many alternative resources, goes on to show teachers and technicians, in detail, how to translate these ideas into safe and exciting classroom experiences.

    CLEAPSS has in excess of 28,000 schools and colleges in membership, predominantly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas and as such it is used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.

    Course information last modified: 1 Dec 2023, 17:16