This brand new course for June 2024 aims to support teachers delivering senior phase Biology assignments. This will include sessions aligned to the N5, Higher and Higher Human course specifications. In addition, many of the practical sessions will be applicable for AH Biology projects and, of course, provide ideas that can be utilised at various points throughout BGE and Senior phase courses to enhance curriculum delivery. The course will take place at SSERC in Dunfermline over two days.

For each session, we will explore different independent variables and methodologies to facilitate the range of experiments outlined by the SQA per class. The topics include:

  • Various low-cost enzyme investigations suitable for large-scale assignment work across a faculty
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Fermentation
  • Outdoor studies
  • Fertilisers
  • Transpiration
  • Cell survival

The programme is jam-packed with lots of new ideas that are simple to carry out and keeping things as low cost as possible.

If you have any questions prior to submitting an application, please do get in touch with the course leader, Annie McRobbie.

Dates:  18-19 June 2024

Closing Date: 17 May 2024

Course Leader

Annie McRobbie
01383 626070


The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. This is not a residential course. However, for delegates who live more than 50 miles (or 90 minutes on public transport) from SSERC headquarters, overnight accommodation will be available. 

£320.00 (non-residential rate

£420.00 (residential rate)

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:  

  • demonstrate an enhanced portfolio of ideas for practical work across senior phase biology courses  
  • use a wider variety of teaching strategies to promote learning in science including demonstrations and scientific enquiry  
  • exemplify the importance of contemporary science and its applications in the context of the curriculum   
  • network with fellow professionals and explore mechanisms for ongoing support  
  • understand the range of opportunities within the wider STEM engagement portfolio which SSERC offers 
  • evaluate their own professional learning and its impact on learners 

The programme will include investigations with: 

  • Pectinase
  • Catalase
  • Trypsin
  • UV-sensitive yeast
  • Lichen abundance
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Fermentation

Registration is closed.