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Teaching resources for KS3, GCSE and A Level Biology

Teaching resources for KS3, GCSE and A Level Biology

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has developed teaching and learning resources for KS3, GCSE and A Level Biology.

This was made possible by a working group of teachers who kindly volunteered their time.

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Key Stage 3

A look at MSF's work fighting epidemics like the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa in 2014-16 and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018, to pandemics like COVID-19.


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GCSE

For GCSE Biology and Combined Science, this exercise is part of a series of videos looking at infectious and killer diseases. Here, a set of five short videos takes students through the history, geography, effect on the body, treatment and future of cholera. The full transcript is also provided.


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For GCSE Biology and Combined Science, this exercise is part of a series of videos looking at infectious and killer diseases. Here, a set of five short videos takes students through the history, geography, effect on the body, treatment and future of HIV/AIDS. The full transcript is also provided.
 

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For GCSE Biology and Combined Science, this exercise is part of a series of videos looking at infectious and killer diseases. Here, a set of five short videos takes students through the history, geography, effect on the body, treatment and future of malaria. The full transcript is also provided.
 

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For GCSE Biology and Combined Science, this exercise is part of a series of videos looking at infectious and killer diseases. Here, a set of five short videos takes students through the history, geography, effect on the body, treatment and future of measles. The full transcript is also provided.
 

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A look at MSF's work in tackling the measles epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2020. For GCSE Biology and Combined Science, this is a look at the role of vaccinations in the treatment of infectious diseases. The package is comprised of five short videos. A student handout and teacher's notes are provided. Suitable for students studying specifications from AQA, OCR and Edexcel.
 

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A Level

The first presentation, 'Snow on cholera' is a problem solving and data handling activity.

It is adapted from a data handling exercise developed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It introduces students to epidemiology and Dr John Snow's seminal cholera investigation.

For ease of use, the two resources are presented with and without answers.

 

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The second presentation, 'Cholera today' is a participatory exercise offering a real world perspective of the biology, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of cholera.

 

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This teaching resource provides an overview of tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), including risk factors for developing TB, available vaccines and treatments and current research and development of both drugs and diagnostic tools.

Using authoritative and recent data from the UK Government, World Health Organization, The Lancet and MSF reports, students participate in a data handling activity which focuses largely on the prevalence of TB in the UK, with a focus on London.

The answers to questions are provided for ease of use by teachers. This multi-media resource has been prepared with the guidance of a working group of biology teachers and is informed by the 2015 specifications of AQA, OCR and Pearson Edexcel with particular emphasis on the increased mathematical demands.

 

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Attention Biology teachers! 

Are you a teacher who uses these resources in the classroom? If so, we would love to hear your feedback, good or bad, to help us keep improving our resources. Please send us an e-mail with your thoughts.

Look out for more resources from MSF on the Times Educational Supplement website