Short courses


CLEAPSS Microbiology Serial Dilutions and Fungi

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


Participating in the day’s activities will provide you with opportunities to familiarise yourself with a range of standard microbiological resources and equipment.

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

This course is intended for technicians and teachers new to microbiology, and for those wishing to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Course content and structure

The structure of the day is as follows:

  1. Using CLEAPSS microbiology guidance to keep yourself, and others, safe
  2. Understanding sterilisation, how to achieve it, and using sterile resources
  3. Setting up a microbiology workstation and practicing aseptic techniques
  4. Learning to subculture into a broth
  5. Refreshment Break
  6. Pouring nutrient agar plates
  7. Pouring seeded yeast plates
  8. Carrying out finger dabs and swabbing the environment activities
  9. Dilution streaking
  10. Learning to aliquot
  11. Lunch Break 
  12. Investigating the effects of antibiotics on bacteria
  13. Investigating the effects of antifungals on fungi
  14. Safe clear up and disposal practices.


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

Stephanie Shaw for CLEAPSS

Stephanie Shaw for CLEAPSS

Stephanie has a wealth of experience and has worked as a science technician for the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society and 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 more than 28,000 schools and colleges in membership, mainly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas. As such, it's used by employers as the basis for fulfilling their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.

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