Research-Based Curricula

Research-Based Curricula or RBCs are short tutorial courses designed based on real research in key subject areas, each written by a PhD researcher and expert in that topic.

They are a chance for student to gain ‘stretch’ experience and build independent research and learning skills, which can be used to demonstrate sincere subject interest and dedication — something universities look for when applying. This is similar to the work required for a university course or module, so this is a great activity for students to mention in their UCAS application as an example of their subject interest and being university-ready.

AccessEd has been working in partnership with the University of Reading since 2019 to produce RBC tutorial packs for schools.