Are you passionate about living organisms and life on Earth? Are you interested in knowing how living organisms interact with each other and their environment, and how global climate changes are likely to affect them? Then our biology course is for you!
The science of biology is relevant not only to the students’ personal lives, but also to humanity and all life on Earth. We hope this course will form a better understanding of life among our students and a realisation of climatic threats to living species.
We tailor and design course content according to the age and level of knowledge of our students. Overall, the course involves an introduction to molecules of life – DNA, RNA and proteins – animal and plant cells, microorganisms, structures and functions of animal and plant organelles, organisation and diversity of life, ecosystems and the effects of climate change on life on Earth. Depending upon the topic, we may combine lectures with similar topics from other courses, which we hope will give students further opportunities to interact with peers and expand their horizons.
How will this course be taught?
The course will be taught by one or more tutors and will consist of approximately 20 hours of teaching per week. This will include lectures, presentations by students and essay writing, and one or more keynote plenaries to be given by Oxford academics. The students will also be encouraged to actively participate in class tutorial discussions. We are confident that, in addition to developing a deeper understanding of the subject, such interactive learning will enhance the students’ language and communication skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.
Are excursions and activities included?
Yes! Although the key focus of our programmes is academic development, it will not just be work and study! We want our students to take back many happy memories. All our students will enjoy visits to places in and outside Oxford, and join various social and extra-curricular activities alongside a diverse range of cultural experiences.
We anticipate that this course will help students decide whether or not they want to pursue a career in biological sciences, and, if they do, in which particular specialisation. Therefore, we will offer our students a 1-1 career advice session with a tutor towards the end of the course.
Who should attend this course?
- Students doing GCSEs/O-levels/A-levels or equivalent
- Students planning to pursue a career or studies in a biology discipline
- Anyone interested in biology
- English proficiency equivalent to IELTS level 5.0 (modest user) or above (IELTS test certificate/score is not required)
- Have studied or is studying biology at high school level