Using Big Picture

Big Picture is a free and impartial educational resource that explores the innovations and implications of cutting-edge science. Created by the Education and Editorial teams at Wellcome, Big Picture covers a wide range of topics that provide a wider context to the post-16 biology curriculum.

Big Picture magazine front covers

About the resources

From 2005 to 2016, Big Picture published two magazines per year with additional online resources including films, animations and posters. As Big Picture now covers the majority of the post-16 biology syllabus, Wellcome is not planning to release any new Big Picture issues but will publish content from research it has funded when appropriate. However, most resources that have published previously will remain here on the STEM Learning website.

All Big Picture content here has been reviewed and updated so you can be sure that it is up to date and accurate.

Using the resources

Wellcome produced Big Picture to support teachers and students of post-16 biology and related curricula.

The articles provide context and wider reading around the curricula, useful for professional development but also to engage students with wider reading for longer essays. Some articles encourage debate and discussion around topical issues and ethics, and the posters and animations will be useful for revision, or to aid an independent research project. Why not download the resources and share with students via your VLE or intranet?

Big Picture is an open access publication and, with the exception of some images and illustrations which are credited specifically, the content may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium.

Contact us

Wellcome still has some copies of the posters and more recent magazine issues that they would be pleased to see used in school. Please email them if you would like copies – they can even send one per student if supplies allow.

  • Magazine issues available: Plants, Fat, Space Biology, Immune System, Populations, Proteins.
  • Posters available: Photosynthesis, Protein Synthesis, Immune Response, Inside the brain, Cellular Respiration, Health and Climate Change

Email: education@wellcome.ac.uk

Twitter: @WTeducation​