Wolverhampton Masterclass

Molecular Biology MasterclassBudding scientists at The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited the University of Wolverhampton recently to take part in a Molecular Biology master class.

First year students on the BTEC Applied Sciences Extended Diploma course visited the university’s state-of-the-art science centre, which boasts outstanding Chemistry, Microbiology and Research laboratories. These facilities have flexible power and water supplies and touch screen tablets to make lectures interactive for students.

The students carried out a genetic engineering practical, in which they had to transform Escherichia coli (E-Coli) and introduce foreign DNA. They had the opportunity to use the specialist equipment, such as the Gel Electrophoresis and Polymerase Chain Reaction kit. The students also carried out another practical involving restriction enzymes to cut up DNA from a virus called Bacteriophage.

BTEC Science Coordinator, Amy Reiner commented:

“We are grateful to the Molecular Biology Department at the University of Wolverhampton for welcoming our students back into their fabulous facilities, following the success of last year’s masterclasses. These trips are a fantastic opportunity for our students to see how science is taught at universities and how exciting and challenging these practicals are at degree level.  Students can also use the data and results as evidence for one of the pass criteria in Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering.”

7 July 2017