The aim of this course is to familiarise you with SSERC’s guidance on physics safety. This guidance covers bell jars and vaccum pumps, air weapons, soldering, pressure systems and the gas laws.

This is a new type of course where you access materials online and work your way through them at your own pace. There are self-check quizzes to try as you go along. You will have a named tutor to contact if you need clarification on any of the content. When you are ready, you will carry out one of the specified activities and send a brief report (which could be in the form of a video) to your tutor.

You must start the course on or before the closing date. You must complete your assignment by the submission deadline shown below.

Submission Deadline:

  • 29th March 2024 (Apply before 29th February 2024)


Secondary science teachers and technicians


SSERC has a suite of courses on physics safety. This one covers equipment not featured in our radiological protection face-to-face and online courses or our optical radiation and electrical safety self-study courses.

Course Leader

Gregor Steele
01383 626070


This course is free of charge


Learn about some physics apparatus used in Scottish secondary school science classes.
Learn about the control measures to use in activities involving certain types of physics apparatus.

Why Should You Attend?

Many pieces of physics apparatus have hazards associated with them but by following SSERC guidance, the risks can be made small.


A self-study guide will be emailed to participants.


Participants should start the course no later than the closing date and finish it by the course date. Successful completion involves reporting on an activity undertaken by the participant. Full details will be emailed to applicants.