AccessEd's Research-Based Curricula promote student attainment and progression to university. RBCs are designed by PhD researchers at local universities, who are supported to create KS4 and KS5 course handbooks that are linked to their research.

The course handbooks:

  • Promote intellectual curiosity through exposure to academic research
  • Stretch and challenge students through extra-curricular content
  • Develop core academic skills, including critical thinking written communication
  • Inform students about how subjects are studied at university

RBC resources span a range of disciplines, including EBacc and A-level subjects. Each module includes six hours of teaching content, supported by course handbooks and teacher notes. 

Download RBC overview

Accessing the resources

Teachers at specific schools have free access to RBC resources. These schools are eligible for free access as part of partnerships with local National Collaborative Outreach Programmes (NCOPs).

Teachers in Cumbria click on the left logo to access resources designed in partnership with Hello Future.


Teachers in Derbyshire and Notts click on the left logo left to access resources designed in partnership with DANCOP.


Teachers in South Yorkshire click on the left logo to access resources designed in partnership with HeppSY+.