* Bristol ChemLabS Schools' Laboratory Programme

Forensic/Analytical Chemistry Day for KS3


The Forensic Chemistry Day is one of several workshop days involving practical work designed by the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow with practical scripts written in appropriate language for the age of students concerned.

The workshop takes place in the School of Chemistry University of Bristol, BS8 1TS.

Target Students

A maximum of 45 able students from KS3. The group may be made up of more than one school.


The number of teaching staff accompanying the student groups from each school should be the minimum considered appropriate by the local school rules.

Expected Timings (arrival time can be adjusted but departure time limit would be 4:30 pm).

9:30 - 9:45

Arrival and Welcome

9:45 - 10:00

Safety talk and fitting out with safety glasses and laboratory coats for those students who do not have appropriate ones of their own

10:00 - 12:30

Practical Session–a circus of analytical experiments with a 15 min break for refreshments during this period.

12:30 - 13:15

Lunch break, with an optional short tour of the School of Chemistry (including research labs) in small groups

13:15 - 15:45

An afternoon of lectures -2 short ones (30 min) given by postgraduate chemistry students or postdoctoral students followed by the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ given by Tim Harrison.

15:45 - 16:00


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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.

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.

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safety sign - no ballet shoes!

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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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Details of Forensic/Analytical Chemistry Day for KS3

Each Forensic/Analytical Chemistry Day will comprise

The morning circus of experiments could involve 3 or 4 of the following (each experiment station would take 35-40 mins).

Tour of the School of Chemistry

As the course is held in the University, a short tour of the School of Chemistry will allow students to appreciate that a university chemistry department is very different from a school one. The tour should add some extra ‘awe and wonder’ to the day.


Drinks and biscuits are provided.

Students must provide their own lunch (to avoid complications due to dietary requirements).

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Please contact Chem-Net for details.

Careers Advice

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.


Photography of the day's activities is welcomed. Teaching staff have found that images taken in the laboratory make good copy for school websites and newsletters. Images may be taken by School of Chemistry staff for our own websites, articles and other publications. Each school is requested to complete the consent form found at: http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/Documents/PhotoConsentForm.pdf and return it to Steve Croker by post or fax.

Arriving by Coach or Minibus.

There is no coach parking and very limited minibus parking (by prior booking chem_net@bristol.ac.uk). 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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