UPGRADE OFFER: Teaching biology: inspiring students with plants in science NE206 / B20

3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course to develop the way you use plants to teach across the secondary biology curriculum.

The use of plants can provide novel contexts, challenge students’ preconceptions and enrich the curriculum. You will develop your confidence in using plants to teach key biological principles, explore a range of practicals and consider how these can be used to support student learning.

In this course you will improve your subject knowledge in plant science, consider students misconceptions and how biological principles are linked across the curriculum. Through practical tasks, you'll help students make links with previous learning, apply their learning to new contexts, and increase engagement. 

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Book onto our Teaching biology: inspiring students with plants in science online course through the STEM Learning website and you can purchase an upgrade for only £20 +VAT. You will get unlimited access to the course and recognition with a STEM certificate on successful completion.

Usual upgrade price is £52 on FutureLearn.

Join on FutureLearn for free to get time-limited access without a certificate.

Who is it for?

The course is designed as professional development for teachers of science or biology for 11-16 year olds. Teachers of biology, early career teachers, returning teachers, non-specialist teachers, technicians and teaching assistants will gain from the peer learning and resources available on this course.

Departments and schools can use this course to structure their own CPD, with support from local CPD providers.

What topics are covered?

This course is structured into three weeks and covers the following topics:

  • practical work in secondary biology for the key topics of: osmosis, respiration and stem cells;
  • using inspirational examples from plant science to contextualise the curriculum;
  • how making links across the curriculum impacts on students’ learning;
  • addressing students’ misconceptions;
  • approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas.

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. This course will be facilitated in course discussions between 25 January 2021 – 28 February 2021.


 By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • modify your scheme of work to incorporate a greater variety of contexts;
  • identify opportunities to challenge students’ preconceptions;
  • explore the use of plants for teaching key biological principles;
  • improve your subject knowledge in plant science;
  • collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science. 


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If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive access to the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£20.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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