Breaking Bad helps to get students hooked on science

After seeing a big rise in enrolment on science courses, one teacher thinks cult TV shows have boosted its popularity

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What do you get when you combine a scenes-of-crime protective suit, some hair and make-up products and a traditional cup of English breakfast tea?

No, it’s not a seriously glammed up episode of Silent Witness. It is, in fact, a very popular A-level science course.

Confused? Let’s rewind a bit.

After just 16 students took science courses at his college in 2016, FE teacher Harry John Smy found himself asking: how do we solve a problem like the current uptake of science at A level?

The answer it seems, is with a unique approach. Smy, who teaches at Suffolk New College, first gives his thanks ...

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