Pupil resources

Here you will find a variety of resources from The Brilliant Club’s programmes, designed to support pupils from 10-18.

The resources will be updated regularly. To sign up to our newsletter for schools and teachers, which will keep you up to date with the latest additions to this page, as well as important news from The Brilliant Club, please click below.

University Knowledge

We have a range of sessions available to view on university information, advice and guidance, which are suitable for pupils from age 10-18 interested in learning more about university and the application process. We have broken them down by age group to help identify which are most suitable for your pupils. You can access The Brilliant Club’s YouTube channel here, or work your way through our videos using these links:

Suitable for pupils age 10-13
What is university?
School v university: subjects
School v university: teaching methods
School v university: timetables
School v university: extra-curricular activities
Why would someone want to go to university?
Designing your dream university
Choosing a university degree subject
Which subject? A recipe for success
An introduction to money and budgeting at university
Life at university: designing your dream timetable

Suitable for pupils age 14-18
Subject choice: A Levels and Degrees
Subject choice: Highers/Advanced Highers and university (suitable for pupils in Scotland)
Thinking about university (especially suitable for pupils in their final years of school)
How to show passion for your subject (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
Life at university: accommodation and living at university (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
Life at university: clubs and societies (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
University applications
Life at university: studying at university
Life at university: beyond your degree

University Skills

In this section you will find a selection of sessions on study skills, including essay writing and note taking. This section can be used by all pupils but is especially suitable for pupils aged 10-14. 

What makes a good university student?
Structuring an essay
School v university: teaching methods
Developing your argument
Reflection and top tips
Understanding referencing
Understanding referencing: part 2

Academic content

In the coming weeks, subject experts will be producing masterclasses on a range of topics, suitable for pupils aged 14-18.  We will also share sessions on study skills linked to specific subject disciplines.


  1. Virology: The How and Why of Poxvirus Research
  2. History: Law and Order in Medieval Towns
  3. Science: Selective Attention
  4. Psychology: Emotion Induction
  5. Modern History: Religious Minorities in the Time of a Pandemic
  6. Literature: Why didn’t medieval women take selfies?
  7. History Masterclass: How do people and communities rebuild their lives after a disaster?
  8. Chemistry: Glow in the dark drugs
  9. Literature: What is a monster?
  10. Organisation studies: Was Albus Dumbledore a toxic leader? 

Subject-specific study skills

  1. How to compare and analyse sources
  2. Real world maths problems
  3. Thought experiments in philosophy
  4. How to design a research question

Researchers in Schools is a unique teacher training and development programme exclusively for PhD graduates. If you are interested in applying for the programme, please click here. If you would like to discuss recruiting a RIS participant for your school, please email hello@researchersinschools.org

Uni Pathways is a programme run by our Researchers in Schools participants for Key Stage 4 pupils.  

A range of Arts and Humanities and STEM workbooks that pupils can use for independent learning are uploaded here. These workbooks have been created and generously shared by teachers on the Researchers in Schools Programme:

  1. GCSE English: Creating Conflict in Creative Writing – Dr Eleanor Massie
  2. GCSE Physics: Electricity – Dr Ben Stutchbury
  3. GCSE Maths: Percentages – Dr Daniel Buxton
  4. GCSE History: Interpretations of German History – Dr Sheona Davies
  5. GCSE History: Show me the sources! A primary source toolkit – Dr Amy Calladine
  6. GCSE Maths: Straight line graphs – Dr Stephen Flood

Our community

Many of our friends have online resources that may be of benefit to young people and teachers: 

Learning with Parents: a free programme of maths resources from EYFS to Year 6
University of Manchester: Jodrell Bank science learning at home
Advancing Access: Teacher and adviser CPD
University of Southampton: Online educational resources
Goldsmiths, University of London: Creative writing competitions for pupils aged 16-18
Future Learn: Prepare for career success at university with Goldsmiths
Wrexham Glyndwr University: The confident learner – online course
The University of Sheffield: Sheffield city tour
The University of Sheffield: Pre-entry information and digital literacy tutorials
ImpactEd: Online pupil monitoring, tracking and evaluation


In these unprecedented times for schools and young people we are making these resources available with a view to achieving our mission, increasing the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.  

We are grateful for all support towards our work, which helps us to reach thousands of young people across the UK in pursuit of our mission. If you would like to support The Brilliant Club, you can find out about donating to the charity and more ways you can help us here. 

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