* Bristol ChemLabS Schools' Laboratory Programme

BTEC Science Laboratory Visit and Tours


Bristol ChemLabS is making available its refurbished undergraduate teaching laboratories to groups of school students to support regional Chemistry teachers. The laboratories are the best of their type in the UK and among the very best teaching laboratories in the world.

This means opportunities for your students to study at a world-class university with world class facilities outside of the times when the Teaching laboratories are in use.

 The BTEC morning visits are to look at Lab design and Health and Safety practices as part of the students’ coursework. This is one of several visits and workshop days organised by the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow.

Target Students

A maximum of 25 students and a minimum of 8 undertaking the BTEC Science course. The group on the day may be made up of more than one school.


The number of teaching staff accompanying the student groups from each school should be what is considered appropriate by the local school rules, but there should be at least one teacher per group of up to 15 students.


Photography of the day's activities is actively welcomed. The student’s should take the opportunity to photograph the health and safety features of the laboratory and the lab layout. Some images of the lab that may also be used can be found here. Teacher colleagues have found that images taken in the laboratory make good copy for student’s reports, school websites and newsletters. Note, on occasion Images may be taken by School of Chemistry staff for our own websites, articles and other publications. If this is to happen each school is requested to complete the consent form found here and return it to chem-net@bristol.ac.uk by post or fax.

Expected Timings

  • 09:15–09:30 Arrival at Porter’s Desk, at entrance to the School of Chemistry, and welcome
  • 09:30–10:30 Level 5 or 6 Teaching Laboratories. Safety Briefing. Lab coats and safety glasses are issued. A discussion of health and safety and lab management with a tour of the teaching labs
  • 10:30–11:15 Tour of the School of Chemistry in small groups
  • 11:15-11:30 Reconvene for any final questions
  • 11:30 Departure
  • Health and Safety

    Extremely Important! Students and accompanying staff will be expected to follow the School of Chemistry's rules for visiting school scientists on health and safety in the laboratories as well as the specific health and safety requirements of the experiments.

    This information MUST be made available to all pupils and accompanying adults.

    Failure to observe these rules will result in no admittance to the laboratories for students or accompanying staff.

    Click for full Bristol ChemLabS Health and Safety Rules

    safety sign - no ballet shoes!

    photo by riot_jane

    The general rules include

    Failure to observe safety rules including inappropriate clothing will result in no admission to the laboratories either for students or accompanying teachers.

    Bristol ChemLabS has a more than sufficient supply of lab coats and safety glasses available for students and accompanying staff. However, if students or staff wish to bring their own that is fine. Lab coats and safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory. Failure to do so will result in no admittance to the laboratory or removal from it.

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    Outline of Visit

    Tour of the School of Chemistry

    Where numbers allow students will be taken on a 30-45 minute tour of the department in small groups led by a postgraduate guide.


    Students may eat their own lunch in the School of Chemistry at Level 2 café area before departure, if required.

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    Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for details.

    Students with Special Needs

    The teacher in charge of the visit is expected to notify the School of Chemistry in sufficient time if there are students with special needs so that appropriate risk assessments can be carried out.

    Arriving by Coach or Minibus

    There is no coach parking and very limited minibus parking (by prior booking chem_net@bristol.ac.uk, which will need the registration number of the minibus or car).

    Coaches can drop off and collect students at a safe point opposite the entrance to Cantock's Close on Woodland Road.

    A Map for the School of Chemistry, BS81TS can be found by clicking here.


    Please contact The School Teacher Fellow for any queries at t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk

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