Short courses


CLEAPSS Introduction to supporting physics

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day
  • 3 Jul 2024

Couse overview

The objective of the course is to enable technicians to gain some of the skills required to support physics teaching so that they can carry out their role with greater confidence. They will have the opportunity to set up circuits, use a multimeter, solder, consider some common hazards in physics, identify, and set up and use a variety of physics equipment. 

Course structure

During the day the following will be covered:

  • Working with electricity.  An introduction to voltage, current and resistance. Changing fuses. Using circuit diagrams to set up circuits. Using a multimeter to check fuses, batteries, connecting leads and to find faults in circuits. 
  • Soldering equipment.  Different soldering techniques to join electrical contacts.  Making connecting leads and soldering components onto circuit board.   
  • Recognising some common hazards in physics.
  • Identifying apparatus and how it can be used.
  • Setting up and using a variety of physics equipment such as a ripple tank, ray boxes, signal generator, vibration generator, and low voltage power supplies. 

Course requirements

To get the most out of the course, participants need to bring a multimeter with a resistance range. 


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

Costs and booking

Price per participant is £180 and it includes course materials and packed lunch.

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.

Course team

Sandy Tran for CLEAPSS

Sandy Tran for CLEAPSS

Sandy Tran 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' membership includes 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. It's used by employers as the basis for carrying out their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.

Course information last modified: 1 Dec 2023, 17:18