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Key stage 5 and post-compulsory programme


scientist with petri dish

New programme from September 2016

Our new Key Stage 5 education programme at Kew Gardens has been developed and designed for the new Biology and Geography curricula at A, AS level, BTEC and the International Baccalaureate. These sessions meet the requirements of several exam boards, please see each session outline for full details.

All sessions are 90 minutes in length, one session equates to half a day and a full day incorporates two sessions. When booking please pick half or full day and include your choice of sessions in the comments box. Our team will be in touch with you to tailor the day to meet your students’ needs.

Our aim

Through active participation and inquiry-based learning, we offer students opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to recreate in the school environment. Our experienced teachers use current relevant Kew projects (local and global) that illustrate key concepts through real-life examples.


To assess students’ progression, we use a mixture of peer discussion, open-ended questioning, shared experiences, predictions, investigating results and plenaries.

Education sessions

Bluebells in forest
What is biodiversity and how can we measure it? Students undertake sampling techniques and the Simpson’s Diversity Index in the diverse and unique grounds of Kew Gardens gaining key skills and data for analysis.
Kew's Conservation Area
Why is fieldwork important? Students discover the rationale behind different field study techniques and get the opportunity to develop and practice these skills in our Conservation Area.
Scientist studying herbarium specimen
What links yarrow, laceplant and soldier’s woundwort? Delve into the world of classification and discover how it influences our everyday lives.
Map showing the global reach of Kew's scientific work
What is biodiversity and how does human activity affect it? Discover the conservation work of RBG Kew globally and nationally and analyse the balance between conservation and the human need for natural resources.
Tractor recycling greenwaste
How does energy move through an ecosystem? What affects the efficiency of energy transfer and how do we calculate it? Why are microorganisms important?
Cacti in Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory
“…nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” - Theodosius Dobzhansky. Travel back in time and across the globe to discover how plants have evolved and adapted to live in the extraordinary variety of habitats on Earth. What drives this evolutionary change and capability?
Plants in Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory
Uncover the inner workings of a plant and brush up on essential practical skills, unearth links to real examples and discover how a plant’s environment affects its form and function.
Scientists collect seeds in the desert
Desertification, climate change and loss of biodiversity were identified as some of the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the Rio Summit in 1992; what has changed since then? Take an exploratory journey through the Princess of Wales Conservatory to examine the current causes and impacts of desertification.
Falkland Islands cushion heath
“In the past three decades, changes to the climate have been apparent at a scale and level of variability not seen in the past 850,000 years” (State of the World's Plants Report 2016, RBG Kew) How does this affect our ecosystems today and in the future?
“Humans have now reshaped more than ¾ of the terrestrial biosphere into anthropogenic biomes” (State of the World's Plants Report 2016, RBG Kew). What does this mean for the future and for the rainforest? Explore the iconic Palm House as we investigate the complex topic of globalisation.
Carbon and water are essential to life on Earth. Discover the physical processes which control these key cycles over time and delve into the role of the rainforest within them.