Online science resources to check out this summer

If you’re looking for a way to keep your science curiosity satisfied over the summer, we’ve got you covered!

Though some students may have found themselves without their regular science lessons at school this term, that doesn’t mean that science education has to take a back seat. Even before the UK was thrown into the world of digital education, the internet was a treasure chest of great science resources and there’s no better time than now to explore these.

So whether you want to get refresh your skills before starting your science degree or just want to keep up with some science over the summer, check out the online resources below.

Curriculum Learning

A-Level Physics –

A website and YouTube channel created by a physics teacher dedicated to A-Level physics. There have been 3 lessons per week during the school closures and all videos/resources from these are available for free on the website with live lessons still happening every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Isaac Physics –

Isaac Physics is an online study tool and question bank enabling students to master physics through practice. The questions each have hints and video explanations, so they can be used by students of all levels. This site is great for developing your problem solving skills.

Isaac Chemistry –

Just like Isaac Physics but for chemistry!

RSC Resources –

You’ll find all sorts of chemistry activities on the RSC site including virtual lab practicals, stories about different chemistry careers and more!

Free Tutoring –

A chance for free tutoring from university students from across the UK. The project was started by some UK university students on the same day as the school closures were announced and they’re still accepting new tutees.


Beyond the Curriculum

SPS Summer Reading, Listening and Watching Recommendations –

 Our academics have given their top recommendations for gives podcasts, books and shows around science. There are recommendations for chemistry, forensic science and physics to keep you entertained over the summer.

The #GlobalSciShow on Twitter –

Every week scientists and science communicators from around the world share some of their experience, research, at home experiments and science stories on Twitter. Check out #GlobalSciShow to see the latest videos.

NASA STEM @ Home –

A hub for all things space! There are activities, virtual tours, at home experiments and more.

Free Online Courses

A great way to continue learning over summer or to prepare for online learning is to enrol on some free online science courses. There are plenty of platforms offering free trials with courses on hundreds of topics including science. These can also be useful for preparing to learn online and practicing taking notes for future eClasses. Some platforms offering free trials or courses are Skillshare and FutureLearn.


Stellarium is a free open source planetarium software for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just as you would see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. You can use it to check out what you’ll be able to see each night in the sky and how to locate different objects in the sky.

The Conversation –

The Conversation is an online news site with articles written by scientists and researchers for the public. If you’d like to keep up with the latest STEM stories or read about some of the latest discoveries, this is a great place to start with short and accessible articles without too much scientific jargon.


And everything else…

We’ve also compiled a list of science-related books, shows and podcasts to check out over the summer, as well as our #KentBookClub where you can see what our staff are reading at the moment. If you’ve got any top tips to share please email or share them with us on Twitter @UniKentSPS or Instagram @uni.kent.sps



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