- New Collins resources for A Level
A-Levels are changing, with new specifications coming into effect from September 2015. Collins has the resources available to manage the changes and make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your students.
- ABPI Schools Poster
A FREE set of posters that provide information about current and potential future medical uses of biotechnology, cloning, genetic engineering, the human genome, the polymerase chain reaction and stem cells is available to all UK teachers.
- ABPI Careers Posters
This leaflet gives an overview of the people who contribute towards the development of new medicines and opens out into a poster featuring people with science qualifications who work in a range of different roles. A FREE resource for school, college and university career centres.
- History of Medicine
Looking at the history of medicine shows how ideas have developed over the centuries. Today's medicine has evolved over thousands of years as each generation built on the knowledge of earlier times.
- Making Medicines
It takes about twelve years to discover, develop and test a new medicine. Discover the detail from basic science to packing medicines
- Nervous System
An interactive online resource about the structure and function of the nervous system including the eye and vision.
- Chemistry of Life
Whilst many small molecules and ions play vital roles in cells and organisms, macromolecules are also key. An understanding of the chemistry of compounds including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, ATP, DNA and RNA gives you the tools you need to make sense of everything from cell biology to ecology.
An introduction to biotechnology for 14-16 and 16+ students with downloadable poster
- Genes and inheritance
An introduction to genes, DNA, cloning, inheritance and medical issues for 14-16 and 16+ students
- Genetic engineering
An introduction to genetic engineering for 14-16 and 16+ students, including a downloadable poster
- Stem cells
An introduction to stem cell science and ethics for 14-16 and 16+ students with a downloadable poster
- Hormones and their effects
A concise resource covering hormones in the human body with clear animated graphics.
- Human Genome Project
A broad based introduction to the human genome and DNA sequencing, including a downloadable poster
- Polymerase chain reaction
An introduction to PCR and its impact with a downloadable poster
- Homeostasis - kidneys and water balance
An interactive resource with excellent animated graphic sequences, focusing on the renal system.
- Infectious diseases - timeline
Through the years many different scientists have changed the way we understand and treat disease. Many of them were living and working at much the same time. The timeline shows you some of the main characters involved.
- Laboratory and pilot plant tours
Take a virtual tour of the areas where chemists work. The chemistry laboratories do initial research and the pilot plant is involved in making pharmaceutical products on a large scale.
- Cell division
This highly engaging resource fully support cell division processes required by Post-16 biology courses. It includes links between meiosis, mitosis and cancer.
- Pathogens and the immune system
This exciting resource explores different pathogens, how they are transmitted and how the immune system combats them in a highly engaging and colourful resource.
- Diabetes 16+
The advanced level version of the ABPI Diabetes resource. An outstanding teaching, study and revision activity for A Level / Highers
- Cell Biology
The second in a series of post-16 Biology resources, Cell biology explores the structure and function of animal cells, from microscopes and measuring to protein synthesis and the effects of medicines. All diagrams and animations can be downloaded for use offline, for example to incorporate into worksheets and step by step demonstrations.
- Enzymes 16+
Enzymes – biological catalysts that control the reactions of life
- How medicines work
How medicines work: the ongoing battle between people and disease. Throughout human history people have suffered from both communicable and non-communicable diseases. And throughout history people have looked for ways to treat or cure those diseases.
- Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants
The next round of Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants of applications is open in January 2017! The Biochemical Society have grants of up to £1000 available to help fund activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience, or more general biology, to young people and the community.
- Practical Action Posters
A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
Citizen science projects where anyone can help researchers solve big problems and by getting invlved you also learn about the science. We recommend the Fossil Finder project for teacher to use with their students.
- BBSRC YouTube
Inspirational short videos from BBSRC. Our favourite video looks at 3D printing giant germs!
- MRC Insight Blog
An excellent blog to recommend to 16 to 18 year old students to show the wide range of research activities carried out by medical research scientists.
- Ocean Drifters - a secret world beneath the waves
How have plankton shaped life on Earth? What role do they play in our lives? This resource explains how plankton underpins the marine food web, created our oil and gas, and shaped the landscape around us. Plankton contribute to the global carbon cycle, creating 50% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Rising sea temperatures due to climate change are altering the abundance, distribution, and seasonality of these remarkable creatures with ramifications for the ecology of the planet.
- Young Scientists Journal
We celebrate the scientific and creative thinking of young scientists, aged 12 -20 and encourage them to share their love of science by communicating their ideas, research and opinions with other young scientists around the world.
- MRC-Research Updates
These research updates have been written and produced in conjunction with the Medical Research Council (MRC) and doctors. They describe some examples of current research in a way that is relevant to students of A level Biology and Chemistry and GNVQ Advanced Science.
- The Naked Scientists
Popular science shows that strip science down to its bare essentials, and engage everyone in the world of science and technology. The show includes live lectures, interviews with renowned scientists and live discussion with questions from listeners - Many of which you can link to the curriculum.
Sciberbrain is a collection of teaching resources to help scientists and teachers discuss controversial science with a range of audiences, such as 14-19 year olds and the general public.
- The British Pharmacological Society-Outreach grants
Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. These grants are available to both BPS members and non-members, including schools and teachers, and deadlines for applications fall in February and September.
- Copper for Life
Copper is one of a few elements that are essential for life. It is a part of a number of biological molecules. For example, some enzymes that are involved in respiration contain copper. Copper is both good and bad for living things. At very low concentrations, it is useful. But when the concentration increases, it becomes toxic and interferes with cell metabolism.
This RSC Learn Chemistry site explains the spectroscopic techniques used in chemistry and links to the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project.
- Impacts of Bioscience #2
Video explores achievements from BBSRC-funded science into the new millennium.
- Classroom Medics - Free Posters
Free A1 poster and 40 downloadables about routes to careers in the NHS
- SGM Education Resources
SGM has resources for all age groups online and in print
- Archaeological Science Learning Resource
Forensic zooarchaeology shows how molecular and isotopic analysis add to our understanding of the past, in particular our relationship with animals.
- MRC LMB Insight on Research
Research news from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology that is useful reading for teachers and 16+ students
- Copper in Health
A detailed study of the importance of copper as a trace element in our diet, with interactive graphics showing how it is involved in our physiology.
- Microbiology Online
Inspirational and authoritative online resources for microbiology across the age range