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A screenshot of the Bitesize homepage
Web address
Type of site
Free online study resource
Available in English, parts in Welsh and Gaelic
Owner BBC
Created by BBC
Launched 1998
Current status Active

Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid students in both school work and, for older students, exams.[1]


  • History 1
  • Sections 2
    • England section 2.1
    • Scotland section 2.2
    • Wales section 2.3
    • Northern Ireland section 2.4
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The original subjects, which included English, mathematics and the sciences, were originally selected from the curriculum for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, and GCSE in England.[2] Eventually, Scottish subjects used in Standard Grades and Highers and the Welsh TGAU learning system were added to the website.[3] Also included over the years have been revision guides, flash games involving problem solving, course notes, quizzes and performing actors. Bitesize course notes explained the key facts and concepts supported by illustrations and diagrams. The BBC also produced books, video cassettes and an interactive TV service, a subproduct of BBC Red Button. [4] The resource was overhauled in 2014 with a new responsive site and to bring it in line with curriculum changes.[5]


England section

The Key Stage 1 section covers 18 subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mandarin, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education, PSHE and Citizenship, Religious Education, Science, and Spanish.[6] The Key Stage 2 site covers the same 18 subjects.[7] The Key Stage 3 section contains 33 subjects.[8] The GCSE section of the website contains 37 subjects.[9]

Scotland section

Until 2014, the Standard Grade section of the site had 12 subjects: Biology, History, Chemistry, Computing Studies, Maths, English, Modern Studies, French, Physical Education, Geography, and Physics.[10] The site was updated in 2014 to replace the Standard Grade section with the National 4 and National 5 sections. Gaelic versions of the National 4 and National 5 sections were also added.

Until 2014, in the Higher section, Biology, English, Geography, Maths, Chemistry, History, Modern Studies, Physics and the Scotland-only subject Scottish Gaelic were available. The Higher section was also updated to to the new Curriculum for Excellence qualification. Early and 1st level, 2nd level, 3rd level, and 4th level resources were added to bring the site in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.

Wales section

The CS3 and TGAU sections are in Welsh. Links to the English language KS1/KS2/KS3/GCSE sections are included.[3][11]

Northern Ireland section

In 2014, a Northern Ireland section was added to the site. It solely contains links to the English language KS1/KS2/KS3/GCSE sections.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Williams, Peter John (October 2007). "Valid Knowledge: The Economy and the Academy". Higher Education 54 (4): 511–23.  
  2. ^ "Revision service shows results". BBC News. February 9, 1999. 
  3. ^ a b "CA3 Section". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBC Catalogue". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Millner, John (3 September 2014). "Why has Bitesize changed? - About the BBC". BBC Blogs. BBC. 
  6. ^ "KS1 Section". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "KS2 Section". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "KS3 Section". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "GCSE Section". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Standard Grade Bitesize". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  11. ^ "BBC Bitesize - TGAU". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  12. ^ "BBC Bitesize - Home". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 

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