Practical Microbiology – Teacher CPD course

1 Day CPD course for KS4 and KS5 science teachers and technicians

This course provides science teachers and technicians with the opportunity to enter a working research laboratory and develop their practical microbiology skills. At the end of the course teachers will be able to reproduce the BioGrad microbiology lesson plans or use their new skills to develop their own practical sessions.

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During the course teachers work with both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria to develop a range of practical skills including a confident understanding of aseptic technique and safe laboratory practices. The course is taught in small groups and covers practical training in the below areas.

  • Safety regulations
  • Microbiology Risk assessments and COSHH
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Media Preparation and waste disposal using an autoclave
  • Culturing of B.Subtilis and E-Coli
  • Gram staining
  • Microscopy

In addition to the practical experience, teachers and technicians leave the laboratory with a range of microbiology themed practical lesson plans, plus the opportunity to hire additional kit and reagents for delivering these practicals at their schools.

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Liverpool Science Park

BioGrad’s state of the art laboratories are centrally located, adjacent to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and within 7 minutes’ walk of both Central and Lime Street Train Stations.

Mount Pleasant car park 4 minutes’ walk from the laboratory and costs £4 per day.

Attendees should report to the main reception on Mount Pleasant (at the bottom of the Cathedral steps) upon arrival at the Science Park.

BioGrad Liverpool Science Park

Course Duration:

10am - 3:30pm

Clothing and Equipment

Attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes (ensuring legs and feet are covered when in the laboratory). We advise layered clothing as it can become warm when wearing a lab coat and gloves all day.

All personal protective equipment is provided during the course however attendees should bring a note book for recording their results.

Pre-requisites

This course offers practical microbiology skills and we expect that attendees understand the theory behind these techniques before they attend. Teachers are expected to have experience using basic laboratory equipment including micro pipettes and experience following UK H&S policies including Risk Assessments and COSHH.

The 1 day laboratory skills short course can act as a pre-curser for those who need a laboratory refresher.

Food

Refreshments, lunch and snacks are provided during the course. Vegetarian options are provided as standard however please inform BioGrad of any additional dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Attendees wishing to bring their own food or snacks have access to a fridge and microwave during the course, plus a break room containing vending machines and TV should they wish to dine separately.

More Information:

For further information please contact us using this form or email us at info@biograd.co.uk.

Course Payment

All payments are taken securely with PayPal. All major debit and credit cards are accepted so you don’t need a PayPal account.

AVAILABLE COURSES

Date: 16th March 2018
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
£299
COURSE FULL

Discovering Practical Microbiology Teaching Kit:

Practical microbiology kits including samples of B.Subtilis and E-coli are available to support the BioGrad lesson plans. Each kit contains sufficient material for 50 Gram stains (including pipettes and slides), a practical experiment demonstrating the transfer of an infectious disease throughout a population, 50 sterile rings containing 8 different antibiotic discs plus 100 sterile agar plates for culturing environmental samples and antimicrobial resistant experiments. Schools will need to provide their own conical flasks with bungs, a bunsen burner (for re-culturing bacterial samples) autoclave and microscopes for visualising cells.

Cost: £399 + VAT

To buy a teaching kit, please contact us at info@biograd.co.uk. Kits contain live cells which should be cultured within 24 hours of delivery. Please include desired delivery date when you contact us. Culturing procedures will be covered during the CPD course and full information provided with the kit.

Career Development workshops

We see many graduates with a degree that does not support them in their chosen career, or graduates that enter one kind of research only to realise that it does not meet their expectations. Our career development workshops aim to engage with KS4 and KS5 students available BEFORE they make their decision on which A-Level courses or undergraduate programmes to attend.

BioGrad scientists will visit your school to offer a half-day workshop called ‘what do scientists REALLY do all day?’, to give accurate information on the job roles available and the pathways into each of these roles. After the morning workshop students may book 1:1 meetings with the scientists to answer any further questions.

There is no limitation on the number of students attending the workshop however schools should provide a suitable room with facilities to deliver a presentation, plus rooms for 1:1 meetings.

Please contact info@biograd.co.uk or 0151 482 9695 to check availability and book your date.

Cost: £1,299 + VAT

Equipment Hire

Portable autoclaves and high powered microscopes with cameras are available to hire for 2 weeks or 9 months. Please contact us at info@biograd.co.uk or 0151 482 9695 for availability and to place a booking.

Cost: £1,400 + VAT (2 Weeks) or £3,500 + VAT (9 Months).

Career Development workshops

We see many graduates with a degree that does not support them in their chosen career, or graduates that enter one kind of research only to realise that it does not meet their expectations.

Our career development workshops aim to engage with KS4 and KS5 students available BEFORE they make their decision on which A-Level courses or undergraduate programmes to attend.

BioGrad scientists will visit your school to offer a half-day workshop called ‘what do scientists REALLY do all day?’, to give accurate information on the job roles available and the pathways into each of these roles. After the morning workshop students may book 1:1 meetings with the scientists to answer any further questions.

There is no limitation on the number of students attending the workshop however schools should provide a suitable room with facilities to deliver a presentation, plus rooms for 1:1 meetings.

Please contact info@biograd.co.uk or 0151 482 9695 to check availability and book your date.

Cost: £1,299 + VAT

Group Bookings

Groups of 8-20 people may book a bespoke course at a time and date to suits their needs. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk or 0151 482 9695 to discuss availability.

Cancellation policy

Changes in course dates are dependent upon availability and must be made more than 28 days before course start date. All deposits are non-refundable.

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WHAT DO OUR STUDENTS SAY?

  • “My lab tutor was a skilful and talented teacher. He was able to simplify complex topics so all of the students could understand and then followed up to ensure we all fully grasped the techniques being taught. He made sure that any errors were rectified immediately so that we were always learning the correct techniques"
    Lucy - Introduction to Genetics
  • "I attended the course because I wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry but didn't have enough lab based experience. After the course I had experience in some of the most up to date techniques, taught by researchers working in the pharmaceutical industry. During the lunch time I was able to chat with all of the tutors and seek their advice for securing the job I wanted. Through the experience and advice I received I managed to secure a graduate level job in a small pharmaceutical company. I cannot recommend this course enough!"
    Josep (Graduate researcher) - Practical skills in drug discovery
  • "I received excellent tuition from a patient teacher who had an incredible enthusiasm for laboratory research. Under her tutelage and supervision, I acquired many laboratory skills in the area of cell culture techniques and high throughput screening for pre-clinical drug discovery."
    Akang (Research Scientist) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture and Practical drug discovery
  • "This was the first time I had the chance to perform practical laboratory techniques which I had only seen in lectures before this point. The tutors let us try a number of different ways to quantify cells and gave us the time and guidance to perfect our own techniques."
    Mark - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
  • "I was taught by an experienced researcher who gave us the opportunity to work with many different cell types. I was able to see the differences between the morphology and growth rates of different cells for myself. I also had the opportunity to try a number of different techniques which gave me confidence to apply for PhD's requiring cell culture experience."
    Gail (PhD researcher) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
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