The aim of this course is to familiarise you with SSERC’s guidance on the safe use of electrical equipment in the science classroom. This guidance covers the use of low, high and extra high tension power supplies, batteries, Van de Graaff generators and activities using various components. It is not a course about PAT inspections, wiring or repairs.

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 an activity using electrical equipment or electricity 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.

If you have any difficulty with the online application process please simply email us on to let us know that you want to take part.

This course is open to SSERC members. If you work in a Scottish state school or are a student at a Scottish ITE institute, you are a member. Most independent schools and many Scottish FE colleges are members and thus so are their staff.

Submission Deadline:

  • 31st March 2022 (Apply before 28th February 2022)


Secondary science teachers and technicians


Many activities in school science require the use electrical equipment. This course examines the equipment in use in schools and discusses suitable control measures for these activities.

Course Leader

Gregor Steele
01383 626070




Learn about the uses of electrical equipment and electricity in Scottish secondary school science classes.
Learn about the control measures to use in activities involving electricity.

Why Should You Attend?

Many activities involving electricity and electrical equipment 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.