AccessEd's Research-Based Curricula packs promote student attainment, subject knowledge 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:

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

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. These can also be completed at-home by students as 'super strech' curriculum.

Students, search the three libraries below for subject packs. These are free thanks to the support of the regional groups below (don't worry if you do not live in that region).

Teachers, download RBC overview

The RBC Libraries

These are free to download. Teachers at specific schools in the regions below will particularly benefit from these 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+.