BBC launches new exam revision app for UK teenagers


As Kian, his classmates and thousands of teenagers prepare for their GCSE and Scottish National/Higher exams, BBC Learning has launched a free app delivering Bitesize revision flashcards direct to smartphones.

I don’t know about you but I am sure the kids are being pushed much harder for results than we ever were. Kian has had to attend revision sessions at school over the Easter holidays and next week they are keeping him at school until 5.30pm for extra revision sessions.

I am already a big fan of BBC Bitesize, the curriculum-linked online education resource for children and young people delivered by BBC Learning as both Abbey and Callan used it to help them revise for their GCSE’s. The new app will ensure that the BBC’s commitment to supporting formal education keeps pace with changes in the way that young people are accessing online revision tools and resources.

The recent Childwise Monitor Report found that 94 per cent of 15-16 year-olds have their own mobile phone, spending four hours per day on average accessing the internet on it, with 61 per cent saying that their phone is the first thing they check in the morning and/or the last thing they check at night. Research by EdComs on behalf of the BBC found that more than three-fifths of Key Stage 4 Bitesize users said that they used a smartphone to access Bitesize at home in Summer term 2015.

By signing in and entering information, including their country within the UK, school year, subjects and exam boards, students will be presented with personalised, relevant revision flashcards. These will include a mix of text, audio, video, infographics, quotes and quizzes. Content is available in English and Welsh.

The launch version of the app will include curriculum-linked content for the core subjects of English, maths and science. Further subjects and increased functionality will be added with each future update of the app. In the meantime, students of all ages will be able to access curriculum-linked content across a much wider range of subjects on the desktop Bitesize.

Teenagers say that BBC Bitesize makes a real difference to their confidence and attainment. A survey conducted with students after completing their GCSE exams last summer found that four fifths of Bitesize users agreed that ‘Bitesize helped me feel more prepared for my exams’ (80%); Just over half of Bitesize users agreed ‘Bitesize helped me to achieve better grades in my GCSEs’ (57%) and ‘I’d have found it harder to get through my GCSEs without Bitesize’ (51%), while 45% agreed ‘I’d have done worse in my GCSEs without Bitesize’.

Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, says: “Nine in 10 Key Stage 4 students already use BBC Bitesize during the summer term and last year’s GCSE students say it helped them feel more prepared for their exams and achieve better grades. This new app will deliver personalised Bitesize revision cards to teenagers on their smartphones, supporting their studies outside the classroom – at home or on the go. Alongside the recent launch of BBC Live Lessons for schools and major educational campaigns like the BBC miro:bit, this is a further demonstration of the BBC’s continued commitment to education.”

Lisa Percy, Executive Editor for BBC Bitesize, says: “BBC Bitesize has been supporting students for many years now, and we know that revision isn’t fun. Many students find exam time tough, but we’re really pleased to be able to offer this app as a practical tool to help see them through the revision period. Staying motivated, keeping calm and getting to grips with those facts and figures can be hard, but we’re here to help, whenever and wherever we’re needed.”

The app is now available to download free for Android (via Google Play) and iPhone (from the Apple iTunes App Store). A new, personalised desktop BBC Bitesize will follow in the next year.

22 thoughts on “BBC launches new exam revision app for UK teenagers

  1. George Jacob says:

    It was really helpful that you are sharing this details to your readers, I do personally having a worth while in the article. Thanks for sharing such good release.

  2. What a wonderful idea, I only wish something like this was available when my daughter was doing her exams.
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  3. Anosa says:

    It feels like ages since I last went on the BBC bitesize revision page when I was doing my GCSE, its nice that they have launched an app especially that teenagers these days are always on their phones

  4. Lilinha says:

    BBC Bitesize is great, so I bet the app is amazing too, full of fantastic content!

  5. This is such a good idea and brilliant for kids who need all the help they can get these days x x
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  6. Jen says:

    I am a huge fan of what the BBC offers. Bitesized is great and we need to keep up with technology so that kids can learn
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  7. Such a great idea, I like to see companies keeping up with how technology is used, especially by younger generations xx
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  8. Globalmouse says:

    That looks brilliant….and I have to say that it’s exactly why the TV licence is so important as it goes towards things like this.
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  9. My daughters used BBC Bitesize throughout their revision and both did brilliantly in their exams. Here’s hoping the new app is just as successful.
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  10. I used BBC Bitesize a little when I did my GCSCES and it was so helpful! It is great that they are releasing an app!

  11. Coombe Mill says:

    Your school sounds very conscientious I wish they ran the equivalent sessions here as Felix can do with them. BBC bite size sounds great and what a clever idea to have an App. I’m going to look into this
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  12. Kerry Norris says:

    This sounds fab. I’m glad to see things moving to fit modern times. I’m sure kids will use this app a lot x

  13. Rachel says:

    I think if it helps even just a little bit, then it is a great app to have x
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  14. That sounds like a great idea to help little ones revise.
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  15. Jenni says:

    This is a great idea, I remember going on BBC bitesize when I did my GCSEs x
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  16. Joanna says:

    I used BBC bitesize when I did GCSEs 10 years ago. I think the app is a great idea to help get kids to revise.
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  17. We think BBC Bitesize is such a great idea! So relevant and modern. Love the resources on the website and perfect for kids that don’t always want their heads stuck in books all the time
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  18. Adele says:

    I used bitesize for my gcses many years ago and I think this is a brilliant idea!

  19. laura dove says:

    This is a great idea! My son is forever on his phone or ipad and a revision app is much more appealing to that age group over having their head in a book. My son is only in his first year of high school so thankfully there are no more exams for a while!
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  20. 20 years ago I was getting ready to sit my standard grades (yikes) and we had past papers, which were expensive at the time. I would have loved to have had this tool to help me study!! Such a fantastic app
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  21. Wow it’s almost exam time again – what a useful app to have and knowing teenagers who love their apps and their phones, I can see this being widely used.
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  22. This sounds like a really handy and useful app to have! I’m sure all parents will welcome any help their kids can get to pass their exams. Thank goodness T is only in Year 1, though I know even primary schools have them too.
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