Short courses


CLEAPSS: Working with Glass (for Secondary Science Technicians)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day practical course will provide technicians with the knowledge and skills required to make most of the simple bends, and other items, required for glass preparation in most secondary school science departments.

You'll also learn how to repair certain items of broken glass 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

It's ideal for secondary-science laboratory technicians teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 (KS3 and KS4).

Course content

The course will cover:

  • introduction to types of glass, their properties, uses and safe handling
  • different types of burners
  • cutting and polishing tubes and rods
  • simple glass bends
  • more advanced bending including double bends
  • how to safely insert/remove glass into/from bungs
  • sealing wire into glass
  • repairing glass
  • making a decorative glass bead
  • other techniques including, drawing pipettes, closing tubes, joining & blowing glass

Teaching and structure

The 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: 

  • understood the types of glass and how to handle them
  • performed simple and advanced glass bending
  • worked with items required for gas preparation
  • an understanding of how to repair glass
  • made a decorative glass bead
  • learned other techniques for working with glass such as closing tubes and joining and blowing glass

Course team

Chris Peel for CLEAPSS

Chris Peel for CLEAPSS

Chris 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: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00