Post-compulsory education programme at Kew Gardens
Our post-compulsory education programme at Kew Gardens is aimed at students engaged in university, AS/A2 level, diploma courses, and other programmes of further and continuing education. These sessions are taught by our enthusiastic Kew teaching staff, most of whom are qualified teachers with experience teaching at A Level and beyond.
Many workshops are taught in classroom spaces inside Museum No. 1.
The AS and A2 programme has been developed to meet the requirements of several exam boards. Teachers at Kew Gardens work with you to ensure that the focus of each session in your visit meets the specific needs of your curriculum and students.
Basic visit package
Our basic visit package starts at £80 and includes entry for students and education staff, a reservation in the Munch Box (our indoor schools-only dining area), a meet-and-greet at Victoria Gate and a teacher's information pack. Book now
Enhance your visit
Browse our activity tour and workshop options below.
1. Field studies - Ecology- we apologise that this is not available until the beginning of May 2013.
Students learn skills in biotic sampling techniques including using quadrats and transect lines, pond dipping, grass sweeping and basic population studies. Students will learn how to identify the proper technique to use based on their research questions and field environment, and how to analyse and display field data.
2. Activity tour and optional workshop - Rainforest
Students explore Kew's indoor rainforest, located in the Palm House, and learn about the unique climate and plants of the wet tropics. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between people and rainforest, threats facing the world's rainforests and plant adaptations to the wet tropics. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute activity tour and workshop.
3. Activity tour - Plant adaptations to the environment
Students explore the Princess of Wales Conservatory and learn about the climate and plants of the wet tropics, dry tropics and aquatic environments. Students learn to recognise the special adaptations which allow plants to thrive in arid or wet environments, low-nutrient soil, and water. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute extended activity tour.
4. Activity tour and workshop - Plant reproduction
Students learn about plant reproductive systems, including sexual and vegetative reproduction. In addition to a tour of the Gardens or one of our glasshouses, students examine flower anatomy through dissection. The duration of this session is 90 minutes.
5. Activity tour - Economic botany
Students learn about important relationships between plants and people. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
The bulb, leaves and sap of starry crinum are used in traditional medicine in West Africa for treating a range of ailments from pneumonia to snake-bite.