All of the final year Biology students attended the National Centre for Biotechnology in Education at Reading University. They carried out PCR, Gel electrophoresis and put plasmids into E.coli. The Brampton students worked in the type of lab they will use at university if they study undergraduate sciences, and the type of practicals they carried out are often done at university and beyond. All of the techniques had been studied in lessons, but this trip gave them hands-on experience of a topic that is challenging when only done theoretically.
|‘I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the University of Reading. The instructor from the laboratory was very informative, who facilitated the learning of the PCR and electrophoresis techniques very well. This trip has not only helped me to tackle one of the hardest topics in A-Levels Biology, but also inspired me to seek scientific research opportunities as an undergraduate at university|
|Joyce Kam, A level student|