School Visits

Inspiring experiences at the cutting-edge of genomics for schools and educational groups

We aim to offer an inspiring and inclusive experience for all schools and groups visiting the Wellcome Genome Campus.  We offer year-round opportunities to visit and explore the Campus and discuss the latest topics in genomics with staff.

Our trips are available for Year 5 & 6, and Years 10-13 (and equivalent), for UK State Schools, Sixth Forms and Colleges.

Secondary visits

Our secondary visits are recommended for Year 10 – Year 13 (and equivalent) groups, and last up to 3 hours.

A typical visit includes:

  • An introduction to DNA, gene and genomes and research on campus
  • A presentation from a member(s) of campus staff
  • A classroom-based activity
  • A visit to the Open Lab and opportunity to see the one of the world’s largest DNA sequencing facility

Activities available:

  • Function Finders / Function Finders BLAST (KS4-5)
    Students translate DNA sequences into protein sequences, and look up the name and function of the protein using printed protein profiles (Function Finders), or using the UNIPROT database (Function Finders BLAST – subject to group size).
  • Genome Generation (KS4-5)
    Students discuss a scenario around the impact of Genome Sequencing and its potential societal consequences.
  • BRAF: from Gene to Cancer Therapy (KS5)
    From gene to cancer therapy –  Students interpret real cancer DNA datasets to identify sites of mutation in the BRAF gene and identify the significance of the BRAF V600E mutation in malignant melanoma.
  • MRSA Gene Hunt (KS4-5)
    Students explore genomes of two Staphylococcus aureus bacteria strains to highlight the role of different genetic components in antibiotic resistance in one of the strains.

We are always happy to tailor the visits to meet the needs of your group, please contact us to discuss this.

Primary Visits

Our primary visits are recommended for Year 5 and Year 6 (and equivalent) groups, and last up to 3 hours.

A typical visit includes:

  • An introduction to the Campus
  • Classroom based workshop: a talk and activity linked to topics studied on Campus
  • A visit to the Open Lab and opportunity to see the one of the world’s largest DNA sequencing facility

Activities available:

  • An Introduction to DNA (KS2)
    What is DNA? How do we study it, what can we learn from it? Students make DNA bracelets of varying organisms. 
  • Living things and the Tree of Life (KS2)
    What is DNA and how does it help us learn about different living things? Students decode mystery DNA sequences and learn about DNA in different living things
  • Marvellous Microbes (KS2) * available from Jan 2023
    What are microbes, and do they have DNA? Why are some microbes good for us when others make us ill? Students make model microbes
  • Me and my DNA (KS2)
    What is DNA, and how does it make us all unique? Students investigate how their DNA makes them unique

Requesting a visit to the campus

To request a visit, please fill out our booking request form, and a member of the team will get back to you with more details.

The Science Engagement and Enrichment team strives to place inclusion, equality and social justice at the centre of our work.

We therefore prioritise our support for schools in areas of high deprivation, with a high proportion of students in receipt of pupil premium, and in areas of low social mobility. Due to the high number of requests for school visits to campus, we will review each request on a case-by-case basis, with priority being given to those schools in underserved communities.

We are therefore unable to offer onsite visits for independent school, non-UK schools, and universities this academic year. These groups are however invited to take part in our online programmes, such as our Genomics Lite programme for upper secondary students.

Any decisions on visits by groups outside of the eligibility criteria will be made at the discretion of the team and will be dependent on our capacity.