Biology summer school NS201


Building on the success of previous events, the Summer School will focus on practical work to support Higher and Advanced Higher programmes in Biology and Human Biology.  Laboratory sessions will follow an interactive approach aligned to the broad themes of the programmes.

Practical work will be supported by keynote presentations from external speakers.  Combined with opportunities for professional networking, the Summer School offers participants a rich and vibrant programme that will enhance teaching and learning within their institutions.

SSERC has an important role in offering support for curriculum initiatives across the sciences and our Summer School for Biology teachers is a key component of that support.  Professional development support is required particularly in relation to practical activities which form an essential externally assessed part of Higher and Advanced Higher programmes.

To apply for this course please contact SSERC directly ( who will forward you the necessary information. Shortly after the published closing date for applications the Administration Team at SSERC will send to successful applicants:

  • confirmation of an offer of a place on the course together with details on enrolment procedures
  • information on ENTHUSE funding and how to apply for such a subsidy
  • a set of terms and conditions which you must meet in order to qualify for an ENTHUSE subsidy

If you are a supply teacher you may still qualify for an ENTHUSE subsidy – please contact SSERC to establish your eligibility

Who is it for?

Teachers of biology

What topics are covered?

The course will include hands-on practical laboratory sessions aligned to the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Biology curriculum with the aim of making practical working relevant and engaging.Practical work will include microscopy, microbiology, colorimetry, ecology and separation techniques. Contributions from external speakers involved in contemporary biological research will enhance the practical programme.  Participants will explore and share ideas for supporting investigative work suitable for Senior Phase assignments.

How will you learn?

Face to face 

How long is this course?

3 days, total of 20 hours

Course Leaders

Kate Andrews 


Participants will be able to:

  • develop strategies for making the teaching of post-16 biology and human biology more engaging and inspiring
  • explore new creative approaches to practical work in post-16 biology and human biology
  • describe developments in some key areas of contemporary biology relevant to post-16 learners
  • develop support networks for their own personal and professional development
  • share and exchange information about current national developments



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