SSERC are pleased to deliver this updated course for 2022-23. This is a 2-day course, based at SSERC HQ, that aims to explore innovative practical techniques that support the delivery of senior phase Biology courses from National 5 to Advanced Higher Biology.     

This programme offers an excellent way of keeping up to date with developments in your subject area.  There will be ample opportunities to build new working relationships with other Biology teachers across the range of schools and local authorities in Scotland.    

The course is aligned to the GTCS Standards for Full Registration and the National Model for Professional Learning.  

Among the various techniques, you will: 

  • Explore an activity to develop phylogenetics in the classroom 

  • Use colorimeter to monitor enzyme activity, including a comparison of competitive and non-competitive inhibition. 

  • Use chromatography and gas sensor technology to investigate photosynthesis 

  • Investigate practical opportunities to explore transpiration 

  • Develop experimental techniques that supports the understanding of enzymes within biotechnology. 

  • Use electrophoresis to separate a mixture of proteins 

Dates: 1st – 2nd March 2023

Closing Date: 13th January 2023

Course Leader

Annie McRobbie
01383 626070


Local Authority Schools and College can apply for an ENTHUSE Bursary to help towards covering the course fee


Applications are welcome from teachers from all schools and FE colleges. Applicants from Local Authority-funded schools and FE colleges will be entitled to receive an ENTHUSE Bursary (administered through the National STEM Learning Centre) upon completion of the course. 

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

For delegates who live more than 50 miles (or 90 minutes on public transport) from SSERC headquarters, overnight accommodation will be available.

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.