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Science Education Centre, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

A course for teachers in schools to support their use of practical work in teaching science


Practical science is an important part of the learning process for young people studying Science GCSE. This course will support teachers to improve their skills and understanding in teaching practical science.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at teachers in schools to support their development for teaching practical science. This course will provide teachers (both newly qualified and those wanting some further familiarisation) with an introduction to the practicals required for GCSE science.

What does the course cover?

Participants will be able to practise the practicals required for GCSE science, as well as analysing how to implement them to support students' learning.

Who is the course trainer?

Mark Winterbottom is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Mark joined the Faculty of Education in 2002, and teaches on the Science/Biology secondary PGCE course (for which he also acts as Senior Examiner), as well as supervising Masters and PhD students.

Gail Webdell is a Senior Science Technician for the Secondary PGCE course at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She is also a consultant technician to Science and Plants for Schools, and coordinates the AMGEN Biotech Experience, to enable teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 15 CPD points.

How this course supports registers competencies: This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach).
Competency area:
  • Application of Knowledge and Understanding


Members - £60 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £75 + VAT
Non-members - £150 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about the course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 7685 2578

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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