Technicians supporting chemistry (11-19) NY605 / A20

Start date
17 May 21
3 Days
National STEM Centre, University of York, York YO10 5DD How to find us


This course has been tailored for technicians to support teachers and create impactful science lessons.  You will explore chemistry practical work with a strong emphasis on health and safety and engagement. The content has been designed to fulfil the chemistry curriculum for 11-18 students and will include topics that will inspire pupils to attain in their chemistry qualifications.

The course has five main strands to make sure it’s relevant to technicians. These strands include, where to source the equipment, how to set it up, how the practical runs in the classroom, and scientific background to the practical so you will be able to understand when the experiment is not as successful and of course, health and safety.

We will do microscale chemistry and encounter classic demonstrations with big scale equipment. During the course you will experience a high standard of health and safety where you will learn how to manage the chemicals you have in your chemical store. Your final practical session will be centred around making simple but effective chemistry equipment which you can take back to school. For more information on the content and how they will support you and others please download this document.

Who is it for?

Science technicians in secondary schools

What topics are covered?

  • KS3&KS4 required chemistry specifications
  • microscale equipment and practicals
  • different equipment covering distillation
  • diffusion
  • elecrolysis and datalogging in chemistry

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a three-day residential course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Helen Rose

    In my heart I am a science technician although my passion is for physics. I am Professional Development Leader for technicians and I have been a...


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • successfully implement new physics skills and knowledge acquired on the course
  • identify key issues that are essential for effective performance in your role
  • communicate with others to implement safe and effective physics practicals in your school or college
  • prepare physics practicals from a range of sources, to engage students and others


Technicians supporting chemistry;11-19 - day 1 face to face17 May 202111:00-19:00National STEM Centre
Technicians supporting chemistry;11-19 - day 2 face to face18 May 202109:00-19:00National STEM Centre
Technicians supporting chemistry;11-19 - day 3 face to face19 May 202109:00-16:00National STEM Centre



The National STEM Learning Centre will be following all government guidance and regulations to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, including the deep cleaning of our accommodation and teaching rooms and maintaining social distancing during course sessions and meal times.

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Additional information

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