Short courses


Technicians Supporting Chemistry Practical Work for A Level

  • 7 hours
  • 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 chemistry teaching.

You'll learn how to support a range of practical activities through hands-on experience of a variety of apparatus and experiments, including new and traditional approaches to standard experiments.

You'll also look at:

  • ways to incorporate digital technologies into lessons to support learning
  • potential hazards and how to produce risk assessments

You'll have plenty of networking opportunities with other technicians and will benefit from the chance to share best practice.

This course is run by IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society.

Course content

The course will cover the following topics:

  •  Understanding the new curriculum
  •  Health and safety, risk assessments and keeping up-to-date
  •  Q-fit apparatus

You'll also look at two experiments in detail:

  • Inorganic chemistry - carrying out a titration
  • Organic chemistry - making a halogenoalkane and a simple distillation

Practical activities will include vacuum filtration, colorimetry, thin layer chromatography, pH probes and dataloggers, measuring melting points, drop chemistry and rates of reaction.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for all secondary school and college science technicians, especially those working with Key Stages 4 and 5.

Entry requirements

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

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:

  • improve your awareness of the practical demands of A level chemistry
  • consider strategies for providing effective technical support
  • gain confidence in the support you provide for the science department and students
  • learn new skills and techniques to ensure good quality practical work and share good practice
  • gain experience in the set-up and demonstration of key chemistry experiments, including relevant safety precautions
  • understand hazard identification and risk assessment and the importance of keeping up to date

Course structure

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


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

Course team

Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie is a professional tutor and consultant for science technicians who work in an educational setting.

Course information last modified: 7 Jan 2022, 09:20