Teaching biology: inspiring students with plant science NE206 / C20

3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online, self-paced 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.

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 and non-specialist teachers will gain from this course.

What topics are covered?

This three week course covers:

  • 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.

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.

Who is the course leader?


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.


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Group enrolments: If you are a school, college or MAT and wish to arrange payment by invoice for 25 or more participants, please contact onlinecpd@stem.org.uk quoting the course code, title and start date.

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

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£40.00 +VAT

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

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