This two-day course will be delivered online and at SSERC

Part 1: 3rd February 2022, (online)

Part 2: 5th-6th May 2022 (face to face at SSERC). We will ask half of the group to attend SSERC on 5th May and the other half of the group to attend on 6th May

The course will mainly be comprised of hands-on practical sessions. We hope to cover microbiological techniques; microscope work; teaching photosynthesis; ideas for approaching enzyme work; electrophoresis and sampling techniques. Between February and May you will be asked to undertake a Gap Task based on your own teaching. Your Gap Tasks will be shared with fellow-delegates at Part 2.

An ENTHUSE bursary is available to delegates from Local Authority schools. The bursary will cover the course fee and the majority of the fee will be used to provide you with resources to support learning and teaching back in school.


Part 1: 3rd February 2022 (online)

Part2: 5th – 6th May, 2022 (at SSERC)

Closing Date: 30 November 2021

Course Leader

Annie McRobbie
01383 626070




Local Authority Schools and College can apply for an ENTHUSE Bursary to cover the cost of the course fee

Course Aims 

This course aims to support the delivery of the Biology curriculum, at both BGE and Senior level, through engaging practical activities. 

Course Outcomes 

By the end of this course, you should be able to: 

  • Carry out experiments using a haemocytometer, colorimeter, chromatogram and gel electrophoresis apparatus.  
  • Explore enzyme activity using an assay with catalase.  
  • Deepen student understanding of evaluating the reliability of apparatus. 
  • Carry out an eye dissection.  
This course is a non-residential course

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.