Short courses


CLEAPSS: Supporting Safe and Successful Practical Microbiology 1

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course will help secondary-school science laboratory technicians learn about the essentials of health and safety and aseptic technique necessary for safe and effective microbiology practicals at Key Stage 3 (KS3), GCSE and A level.

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 for secondary-school science laboratory technicians.

You should be familiar with the basics of health and safety management.

Course content

The course covers health and safety guidance so that you can ensure the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations relating to microbes are complied with.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn and try out the techniques to:

  • provide safe cultures for students to use
  • deal with all microbiological materials safely during and after practical lessons

You'll be able to take away the cultures and plates you've made to watch them develop.

Course structure

The course is delivered as a mixture of a lecture and 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: 

  • gained confidence in the support that you provide in teaching microbiology
  • understood health and safety guidance and regulations
  • learnt new techniques for providing safe practicals for students

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 UCL Institute of Education 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: 7 Jan 2022, 08:43