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Key stage 5 and post-compulsory programme

AS/A2 Level visits to Wakehurst are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew Teachers. These programmes are planned in detail and tailored to suit your A Level specifications.

Engaging and hands-on, these are some of the highlights you can expect from a typical Key Stage 5 school visit:

  • experienced and enthusiastic Kew teachers
  • sessions designed to match the learning outcomes for your A level specifications
  • the opportunity for pupils to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment
  • sessions tailored to suit the educational needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit
  • two sessions of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon
  • the opportunity to build your visit from the selection of activities on offer

Each activity has a capacity of 20 students.

Activities and workshops

Students visit the world renowned Millennium Seed Bank to discover and experience work practices in a scientific establishment.
KS5 Art themed day at Wakehurst
Wakehurst offers a unique environment for students of Art and Design and other creative curriculum areas. The inspiring landscape combined with Wakehurst's world class collections of native and exotic plants and seeds can be used to stimulate creative approaches to observational skills and design.
Students visit the renowned Millennium Seed Bank to discover its vital role in the worldwide conservation of plant biodiversity.
At Wakehurst students will experience in situ and ex situ conservation in action. Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is a unique example of ex situ conservation, and combined with another practical activity will give students a good understanding of conservation. This visit is designed to enhance curriculum delivery and could also deliver some of the required practical activities depending on the choice of activity.
Students apply the technique of DNA fingerprinting in a Customs and Excise investigation and provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills included in the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC).
Students carry out ecological studies in a variety of habitats in the beautiful Wakehurst estate and discover a variety of in situ conservation techniques. It provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills included in the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC).
Students investigate asexual reproduction in conservation and mass propagation techniques. This biotechnology workshop is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.
KS5 Biology: Microscopy and Plant transport structures course at Wakehurst
Students get practice in microscope skills using our high quality microscopes and use these skills to identify plant transport structures. Students will develop the skills used in required practicals.
Students take a practical approach to photosynthesis which relates theory to practice and provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills included in the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC).
Dandelion plant and herbarium voucher
Students take a practical approach to the principles of classification and the naming of plants using a wide variety of specimens including material from the Kew’s Herbarium. This workshop is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.