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FutureLearn: ‘Genomics for educators’

Please note: The FutureLearn course "Genomics for Educators" is open again. Join now to learn strategies for teaching genomics and access SEPE materials ready to use in the classroom.


The FutureLearn course ‘Genomics for educators’ covers strategies and techniques for teaching genomics in and outside of the classroom to create enriching learning opportunities. ‘Genomics for educators’ is designed for teachers and educators working in schools, colleges, and with young people as well as for science outreach and science communication professionals. The self-paced online course is free of charge and will run live over three weeks, with a recommended time of 4 hours a week.

The course is organised by Wellcome Connecting Science in collaboration with EMBL and STEM Learning UK.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate and discuss genomics topics confidently in the classroom
  • Create and deliver engaging, hands-on learning experiences using open-access genomics resources
  • Design schemes of work and lesson plans incorporating genomics
  • Explore mapping of genomics to the curriculum and pitch material for different age and ability levels
  • Discuss the ethical implications of genomic technologies with students

For more details, please visit the course webpage.


The training course is organised by Wellcome Connecting Science in collaboration with EMBL and STEM Learning UK. The course is offered on the digital education platform FutureLearn.

Learning formats & certificate

The course is designed as a self-paced online learning experience. We recommend spending 4 hours of study per week.

After registration, you will get unlimited access to the course, including any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes and tests to validate your learning. After completion, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.


To register, sign up for the course for free on the FutureLearn platform. You can join even once the course has started.

Date: 9 January - 12 March 2023

Topic area:  Genome biology

Format: Virtual

Location: Online

Fee: Free

Contact: SEPE Team

Organiser: Wellcome Connecting Science in collaboration with ELLS & STEM Learning UK