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Journalists' toolsThanks for dropping by our Reading Room! 

Here you’ll find links to content on our website that's relevant to some of the topics on the GCSE and A-Level curricula. You can either use these links as background material to help you plan your lessons, or as further reading for your students.

Are you a teacher or school-based health professional? Please take our short survey to help us develop our teaching resources. 

Twenty-First Century Science - GCSE Science

B1 You and Your Genes

B2 Keeping Healthy

P2 Radiation and Life

C 3 Food Matters

P3 Radioactive Materials

  • Understand how ionising radiation can be used to treat cancer in the form of radiotherapy and find out about our rich history in this area.

Ideas About Science

Twenty-First Century Science – Additional Science

B5 Growth & Development

GCSE Citizenship

Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle

  • There’s lots of information on the health risks of alcohol, tobacco, food choices and sunbathing on our Healthy Living pages.

Becoming informed citizens

AS Home Economics

There’s a wealth of information on the Healthy Living section of our website to help explain dietary factors which promote and protect against cancer risk, and links between specific cancers and food choice.

And make sure you check out our Science Update blog. This includes many posts on health and lifestyle, including:

You can also view all posts about health and lifestyle by selecting the 'Health & lifestyle' category.

A-level Biology

Our All about cancer section is great background reading for the following topics:

Our Spot cancer early section explains more about the different cancer screening techniques currently available:

Our CancerHelp UK pages explain more about the HPV vaccine which can prevent cervical cancer. 

General science teaching resources

Association of Science Educators (ASE): Visit the Upd8 website to find curriculum-related activities revealing the science behind the headlines.

The British Science Association (BSA): The BSA provides support and resources for teachers and science club leaders and runs events for young people of all ages. Every year the BSA runs the Festival of Science, a week of events for young people and adults.

Cells alive!: The Cells alive! website contains animated film clips and computer enhanced images of living cells and processes.

Centre of the Cell: The Centre of the cell website is full of facts, games and film clips about cells and medical research.

Science and plants for schools (SAPS): This site provides a wide range of teaching resources aimed at pupils between 11 and 18. The materials are designed to help teach cell biology while developing the students understanding of cancer and its treatments.

The Wellcome Trust Big Picture Series: The Big Picture series aims to provide teachers and post-16 students with an accessible, independent and in-depth discussion of developments in biomedical science as they appear in the news, including insight into their social and ethical impact. 

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Updated: 25 September 2009