• 9-10 March 2022 (closing date: 28 January 2022)


School Technical Support Staff. Access to this unit will be at the discretion of the centre. It is recommended, but not essential, that you have attended Introductory Chemistry before attending this course.


This course forms part of a suite of competency based CLPL for support staff.

Course Leader

Chris Lloyd

01383 626070

Cost    £200

Funding  None available

The SALTERS National Awards for Science Technicians

The aim of the Awards is to highlight the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work in science in schools and colleges, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting the professional learning and upskilling of technician teams. Don’t worry if you’re the sole technician in a school or college – you’re still eligible!

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Outcome 1

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding related to chemical handling.

Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Safety procedures and good working practices.
  • Methods of preparing solutions.
  • Methods of preparing gases
  • Methods of standardising solutions

Outcome 2 

Carry out techniques related to chemical handling

Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Preparation of common laboratory solutions
  • Disposal of chemicals
  • Handling and disposal of Alkali metals
  • Preparation of gases

Why Should You Attend?

This unit is primarily intended to provide learners with the knowledge and skills in the safe use of chemistry laboratory chemicals, equipment and apparatus in an educational environment.


Day 1

9:00 – 9:30                 Arrival and coffee

9:30 – 10:00               Assessing Risk

10:00 – 11:00         Preparing solutions – Sulphuric acid, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium hydroxide

11:00 – 11:30              Coffee

11:30 – 12:00              Primary standards and standardising solutions

12:00 – 1:00                COSHH, Chemicals and control measures

1:00 – 1:45                  Lunch

1:45 – 2:30                 Chemical labelling, storage and disposal

2:30 – 3:15               Gas production Hydrogen, Chlorine and Carbon Dioxide

3:15 – 4:00                 Moles and calculations

Day 2

9:00 – 9:30                 Arrival and coffee

9:30 – 11:00            Titration

11:00 – 11:30              Coffee

11:30 – 1:00            Alkali metals, bromine water preparation and distillation set up.

1:00 – 1:45                  Lunch

1:45 – 2:30                  Revision

2:30 – 3:30                 Assessment

3:30                             Depart


Attend on 2 days and undergo both written and practical assessment.

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.