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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.

Using the inspirational surroundings of Wakehurst with its exotic and native plants students can sketch and collect photographs for landscape, natural form and still-life projects. This visit is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

Photo of parterres at Wakehurst

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.

Students apply the technique of DNA fingerprinting in a Customs and Excise investigation. This biotechnology workshop is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

Students carry out ecological studies in a variety of habitats in the beautiful Wakehurst estate and discover a variety of in situ conservation techniques. This visit is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

Students investigate asexual reproduction in conservation and mass propagation techniques. This biotechnology workshop is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

Photo of photosynthesis in action

Students take a practical approach to photosynthesis which relates theory to practice. This biotechnology workshop is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

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.

Photo of the Field Study Centre at Wakehurst

Students study sustainability and biodiversity management techniques in a traditionally managed wildflower meadow, and coppiced and ancient woodland. The Millennium Seed Bank offers a look at worldwide ex situ conservation projects. This visit is designed to enhance curriculum delivery at Advanced Level.