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Course overview

If you’d like to study for a course in science and need to refresh or update your knowledge of biology then this course is a great starting point. You study cellular biology, human biology, disease, evolution and investigative biology.

Applications are closed as this course has now started. If you have a conditional offer based on completing this course then please contact us at

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

Starts Thursday 2 July, Thursdays for six weeks, 9.30am-4.30pm.

This course is delivered through a combination of live elements and pre-recorded material. Tutor support will be available throughout the specified weekly times.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing

Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

The biology of disease
· What causes disease?
· How do diseases spread?
· How can we effectively combat infectious disease?

Human anatomy
· Anatomy and physiology of the human body
· Basic function of organs within the body

The variety of living organisms
· Basic differences between the 5 kingdoms of life
· How are organisms suited to their environments?

Investigative biology
· Importance of hypothesis testing
· Considering the laboratory environment
· Introduction to basic skills within biology

Populations and the environment
· Interactions between living things and their environments
· Basic introduction to the variability within environments
· Introduction to evolution

Cell structure and function
· Basic structure and function of human cell.
· Basic information about organelles and how they support the bodies overall function.

How you are assessed

Assessment is via a written examination to be submitted online.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.



2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 3, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Thursday 2 July, Thursdays for six weeks, 9.30am-4.30pm