Teaching biology: inspiring students with plant science NE206 / A23

9 Hours
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD

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Online, self-paced course. 

Students need to be able to apply their understanding of key biological processes to new contexts, and many students find this difficult. By using plants in your scheme of work, you can give your students additional opportunities to practice this skill.

This course will help you in improving student learning through practical work. Through examples from selected topics you’ll explore approaches to teaching the biology based upon sound pedagogy and share your experience in the classroom with others.

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 course covers:
  • using plant science to tackle misconceptions about respiration
  • making connections across the biology and broader curriculum to support student learning
  • cell division, stem cell biology, cell differentiation and the persistence of totipotency in plant stem cells
  • practicals which can support students understanding of osmosis 

How will you learn?

This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.

How long is this course?

This course takes around 9 hours 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.


Teaching biology: inspiring students with plant science01 September 202300:00-00:00



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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£50.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£65.00 +VAT

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

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