This course is designed to provide delegates (usually technicians but possibly teachers) with detailed knowledge and skills for performing practical chemical handling procedures. It is suitable for thosewho are performing chemical handling and preparation procedures in an educational context.
Making Solutions of acids and alkalis
Preparing gases
Handling alkali Metals
Setting up Quickfit glasware
and more……….
Course Dates: 3rd – 4th September 2024
Closing Date: 7th June 2024


School Technical Support Staff. Access to this unit will be at the discretion of the centre. It is recommended, but not essential, that you have attended Introductory Chemistry before attending this course.

Course Leader

Chris Lloyd

01383 626070


The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.

Cost    £240

Funding  None available


This course forms part of a suite of competency based CLPL for support staff.

Outcome 1

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding related to chemical handling.

Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Safety procedures and good working practices.
  • Methods of preparing solutions.
  • Methods of preparing gases
  • Methods of standardising solutions

Outcome 2 

Carry out techniques related to chemical handling

Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Preparation of common laboratory solutions
  • Disposal of chemicals
  • Handling and disposal of Alkali metals
  • Preparation of gases

Why Should You Attend?

This unit is primarily intended to provide learners with the knowledge and skills in the safe use of chemistry laboratory chemicals, equipment and apparatus in an educational environment.


Day 1

9:00 – 9:30                 Arrival and coffee

9:30 – 10:00               Assessing Risk

10:00 – 11:00         Preparing solutions – Sulphuric acid, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium hydroxide

11:00 – 11:30              Coffee

11:30 – 12:00              Primary standards and standardising solutions

12:00 – 1:00                COSHH, Chemicals and control measures

1:00 – 1:45                  Lunch

1:45 – 2:30                 Chemical labelling, storage and disposal

2:30 – 3:15               Gas production Hydrogen, Chlorine and Carbon Dioxide

3:15 – 4:00                 Moles and calculations

Day 2

9:00 – 9:30                 Arrival and coffee

9:30 – 11:00            Titration

11:00 – 11:30              Coffee

11:30 – 1:00            Alkali metals, bromine water preparation and distillation set up.

1:00 – 1:45                  Lunch

1:45 – 2:30                  Revision

2:30 – 3:30                 Assessment

3:30                             Depart


Attend on 2 days and undergo both written and practical assessment.

Registration is closed.