- 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.
- 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
An introduction to cloning 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
- Heart and Circulation
The heart and circulation system explained with detailed animated graphics
- 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.
- Trajan MiPlatform
The MiPlatform: Special offer extended to Janauary 2017! Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
- Longitude Prize
Superbugs is a new mobile game which sees players face off against a major threat to global health. With its petri dish filled with colourful bacterial colonies, the game comes straight from today's headlines: the global rise of superbugs.
- Optika Trinocular Microscope
An innovative way to teach microbiology, the Optika trinocular microscope is an advanced instrument, which allows students to use the binocular eyepieces for their investigations whilst you support them via the vertical monocular eyepiece
- Copper, pathogens and disease
This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Biomedical Picture of the Day - MRC
Inspiring research images from biomedical scientists around the world. The outstanding quality of these images is matched by the concise notes with each one. The database search facility helps teachers look for lesson resources.
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.
- Impacts of Bioscience #2
Video explores achievements from BBSRC-funded science into the new millennium.
- Why mitochondrial donation is not about making ‘designer babies’
A useful clarification on the basics of mitochondrial donation, explaining the difference between mitochondrial and nuclear DNA.
- softCell e-learning
CELLpics provides students and educators with images and movies, created using research-level equipment and techniques, and also to illustrate specific points using animated clips and interactivity.
- SGM Education Resources
SGM has resources for all age groups online and in print
- MRC LMB Insight on Research
Research news from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology that is useful reading for teachers and 16+ students
- A Switch in the Brain
a biological switch that determines which part of the fruit fly’s brain responds to pheromones, depending on whether the fruit fly is male or female.
- Worm Watch Lab
A Zooniverse citizen science project supported by the Medical Research Council as part of its centenary celebrations.
- Microbiology Online
Inspirational and authoritative online resources for microbiology across the age range