Laboratory Skills & Biotechnology
10 Day Course
Available Dates

The BioGrad practical courses have been running for private candidates for over 8 years. Designed with one purpose, to provide practical skills to science graduates so they can enter the job market as a research scientist. These courses have been booked by students from over 526 institutions in 21 countries to provide graduate scientists the practical skills they need to work in a laboratory.

Benefits of completion of the course

The courses have already achieved national status, being approved by the Royal Society of Biology for 90 CPD points per week in 2022, meaning that this skills bootcamp will also come with 180 CPD points by the RSB and 2 weeks of practical work experience and support in entering the UK science job market (a growing sector in the Liverpool City Region).


Our biotechnology course offers a rare opportunity to develop hands-on experience with molecular biology experts from pharmaceutical and academic research. Biotechnology plays a critical role in different industrial and academic fields to study and manipulate the genome, gene expression & protein chemistry of cells, all of which can be used to efficiently target new drugs, diagnose, and treat diseases. The skills learned on this course are integral in biomedical research, microbiology, oncology, neuroscience & translational medicine. The course is designed to provide hands-on experiences with biotechnology techniques & methodology. The course offers small group instruction in the following techniques ELISA, DNA extraction & quantification, PCR & agarose gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE & western blotting, as well as an introduction into bioinformatics and primer design for polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The Laboratory Skills and Microbiology course is designed and delivered by real scientists to provide university science students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using real laboratory equipment. The course supports university and work experience applications, as almost all universities and employers now require previous laboratory experience before considering an applicant. The programme provides practical laboratory-based training in laboratory safety, creating nanoparticles, aseptic technique, gram stains, ELISA and finishes with the opportunity to present scientific research and network with researchers from institutions including the University of Liverpool, the University of Cambridge, Pfizer & the University of Aberdeen.).

Support After Completion

Support after completion The company maintains all student documents including references and photos for 3 years after course completion, allowing for personalised references to be provided for future interviews. The Student Liaison team maintains contact with students after their course to assist and advise on job interviews, whilst course lecturers and mentors are available to support with mock interview practice for up to 6 months after course completion. BioGrad has partnered with Reed Scientific to assist students from skills bootcamps into scientific and laboratory based work after course completion. Students who are unsuccessful at interview may be offered a short work experience placement at BioGrad Diagnostics to further support their CV. They will also be offered a 30-minute interview session with the BioGrad Diagnostics HR department.

Success Stories

"Had a fantastic time at the BioGrad Education Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Practical Skills bootcamp over the past two weeks!

This amazing course boosted my skills and confidence in working in a lab environment. It was great to refresh knowledge of apparatus, aseptic techniques, and health/safety in detail. Working with expert scientists and lecturers, I've been introduced to techniques such as ELISA assays and Western Blots, while practicing techniques familiar to me, including PCR, bacterial streaking, and Gram staining. I also had the opportunity to present my Honors Project to the class, and learn about other interesting projects!

Most memorably, I was honored to meet Natalie Kenny, the CEO of BioGrad , during a very informative CV writing workshop. Natalie is a truly inspiring and successful business owner and scientist, who works hard to engage women within the R&D field and showcase their contributions to the scientific community. Her personal and career journeys were amazing to hear and her kindness and passion was undoubtedly uplifting and motivational. A true icon and role model!!

Lastly, a huge thank you to those who recommended this course to me and made it happen, and the amazing people I met and worked with! I look forward to seeing how you all get on in the future - best of luck! :)”

"A couple of weeks ago I finished one of the most amazing training courses I have ever attended. After being off work (in a care setting)for a few years I decided to attend this boot camp as a stepping stone to get back into the workforce. I have learnt a lot of amazing laboratory techniques. We experienced Biotechnology techniques and methodology, in the lab we did hands-on techniques from ELISA, DNA Extraction and quantification, a PCR, Agarose gel electrophoresis, Western blot and protein assay to all of which was delivered by all our amazing lecturers. And now two weeks later BioGrad has given me the opportunity to be part of their amazing team. Thank you so much Natalie Kenny for this wonderful opportunity and I am looking forward to welcoming more people to BioGrad to gain the skills I now have."

"I recently completed a practical Laboratory Skills in microbiology and biotechnology with certification at BioGrad Education. It was an amazing experience for me, giving me the confidence to work in the Laboratory by supporting my knowledge in RT-PCR, Agarose gel electrophoresis, Western blot, ELISA, Bradford assay, cell culture, DNA extraction and quantification among others. Happy to work with other great minds from different races and disciplines, you guys are amazing, you made it worthwhile and more enjoyable for me. Special thanks to BioGrad Education management team for the experience, Natalie Kenny for the initiative and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for the opportunity and support financially to fund this project."

How to apply?

To ensure you are eligible to participate in one of our fully funded courses please contact us directly by phone or email.


Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.

Contact us

0151 482 9695

0345 565 1725 (option 4)

Available Course Dates
Current Academic Year 01/09/2023 to 01/09/2024
Start date: 4th March 2024
Course Duration: 10 Days (Mon - Fri)
Location: Liverpool Science Park
To apply for this course, please click on the link above
Start date: 18th March 2024
Course Duration: 10 Days (Mon - Fri)
Location: Liverpool Science Park
To apply for this course, please click on the link above

Sorry, we don't have any of these courses planned at the moment in the next academic year.