Short courses


Practical A Level Physics for Technicians

  • 9.30am - 4pm
  • 1 day


This one-day practical course for science technicians focuses on building the knowledge, key skills and techniques you need to effectively support A level physics teaching. 

You'll learn how to effectively support a range of practical activities through hands-on experience of a variety of apparatus and experiments. 

The course is run by IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. 

Course content

The course will cover: 

  • the new A level curriculum
  • risks in physics
  • atom and nuclear physics
  • materials and mechanics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • wave behaviour

Who the course is for 

The course is suitable for all secondary school and college science technicians supporting A level physics, or for those who would like to gain experience in physics support. 

Entry requirements

You'll need to be working as a science technician in a school or college. 

Learning outcomes

The course will help you to: 

  • gain experience in the set-up, use and demonstration of a variety of A level physics equipment and experiments, including the majority of the required practicals
  • identify new ideas for software and resources used to support A level physics
  • recognise relevant safety precautions related to experiments and equipment including the identification of hazards and production of risk assessments

Course structure

The course is delivered mainly as a practical workshop with some lecture/discussion. 


The price is £180 which includes course materials and a packed lunch. 

If you are not able to pay by debit/credit card, an invoice will be raised for upfront payment. If this is your preferred method of payment, fill in the short course booking form and you will receive a confirmation once your booking has been processed manually. 


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

Course team

Chris Pambou

Chris Pambou

Chris is a chief science technician at a London college, and he has more than 40 years experience. He has been training technicians for many years in the UK and abroad. Chris is an RSci and member of the IST, and is joint author of Salters Horners AS and A2 Advanced Physics Book and Teachers and Technicians Manual. 

Course information last modified: 16 Aug 2023, 14:35