Course Dates: 12th – 14th November 2024
Closing Date: 27th September 2024

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Course Leader

Annie McRobbie

T: 01383 626070 ext 221


Overnight accommodation between day 1 , 2 and 3 can be provided on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at a local hotel. Please refer to the cost tab for the residential course fees.


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.


Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Residential, with accommodation) – £580

Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Non-Residential, no accommodation) – £360

The total course fee is £830 (Residential) and £610 (Non-Residential) but SSERC are subsidising this course fee to the value of £250



Outcome 1

You will be introduced to microbiological techniques.  The lectures/tutorials for this outcome will focus on:

  • Preparation for microbiological work;
  • Aseptic techniques;
  • Preparation and sterilisation of media;
  • Use of autoclave for sterilisation;
  • Sub-culturing, slide preparation and staining;
  • Treatment of spillages and disposal;
  • Identifying micro-organisms using smears and Gram’s stain.

Outcome 2

In this outcome you will be introduced to the methods for disinfection and sterilisation of microbes.  You will also learn how to:

  • Prepare media;
  • Perform sub-culturing techniques and keep records;
  • Identify microbial samples using smear techniques and the Gram’s stain test; use chemical disinfectants;
  • Autoclave;
  • Treat spillages and dispose of waste.


Day 1


Risks and the need for good working practices

Preparation for microbiological work

Aseptic Techniques

Preparation and sterilisation of media

Use of Autoclave

Sub Culturing

Day 2


Sterilisation and disinfection

Slide preparation and staining

Treatment of spillages and disposal

Day 3

Media Prep assessed practical

Subculturing assessed practical

Smear and prep gram’s stain assessed practical

Written Assessment

Close and Plenary