The programme will push participants to work collaboratively as they uncover the mechanisms behind life’s building blocks, solidify new knowledge through a series of planned activities, and delve into advanced topics not typically covered in a secondary school syllabus. The curriculum starts with a deep dive into cell theory, before exploring the world of infectious diseases, and moving on to a wide range of further challenging material.

As participants work through this curriculum, they’ll spend their days studying on campus at a Cambridge University college, and will be independently responsible for their learning. This helps to ensure that by the end of the course, participants will not only have a working understanding of complex first-year Biology concepts, but a new appreciation for the routines and responsibilities of university life also

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Biology Summer School Key Benefits

Bolster your knowledge of cell theory as you build a more complete biological picture of the world

Visit biomedical research workers on an excursion to a nearby science laboratory

Learn how bioinformatics allowed us to map the human genome

Discuss the mechanical and biomechanical processes behind cell signalling

Critically examine the Miller-Urey experiment as you consider the implications of life on Mars

Experiment with gel electrophoresis as you discover the role DNA plays in our lives

Topics Covered

Cell theory is often one of the first topics studied in high school Biology. It’s an essential concept, and one that students return to many times throughout their university career. At Immerse, we start the course by delving into cell theory on a much deeper, advanced level than participants will have experienced before. They will learn what makes something, ‘alive’, how life likely originated, and the problems posed by the RNA world hypothesis. The programme is designed to be challenging, but our expert tutors will guide each participant in developing a firm understanding of the university-level topics that are explored.

After establishing this foundation, the course will then proceed to more advanced topics. By the end of the first week, participants will have covered how infectious diseases shape world history, why they emerge and re-emerge with such tenacity, and their potential to becoming a serious threat in the near future. Other topics include the dangerous characteristics of superbugs, a look at the mechanisms of drug resistance, and an introduction to the important work currently being done to circumvent it.

Finally, as the course comes to a conclusion, participants will get a chance to explore the challenging field of Bioinformatics, before wrapping up with a hands-on visit to a working research lab where they’ll be able to ask any questions they may have about a career in biology.

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of importanttheory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this course by requesting a free course syllabus

Course Outcomes

The Biology programme at Immerse aims to provide participants with an understanding of university-level Biology topics through a programme that is designed and taught by expert tutors from world-leading universities. Through guided lectures, excursions, in-class debate, and hands-on activities, participants will spend two weeks completely immersed in the world of cells, microorganisms, and bacteria. By the end of the programme, participants will feel confident discussing topics that have not typically been explored in a secondary school curriculum.

However, the Immerse Biology programme offers students much more than a well-rounded life sciences curriculum. Staying at a Cambridge University college, participants will quickly learn to get to grips with the new challenges of living on their own, being more responsible for their own schedules, and building critical self-study habits before university begins. This is an invaluable first-look at undergraduate life, and a transformative experience for many.

At the end of the Biology summer programme, Immerse alumni will have learned to channel their passion for biology into applied, focused study. They’ll return home with a head full of new knowledge, newfound confidence about their choice to continue studying biology, and with a clear picture of what life may look like when they begin their first year of university study.

By the end of this programme students will:

  • Be able to correctly describe the role of specific cell components in overall cell function

  • Understand the impact of recombinant DNA technology on modern medicine
  • Build upon existing knowledge while becoming comfortable with university-level concepts
  • Analyse case studies while exploring the benefits of ‘Problem/Research’ based learning
  • Examine at least one bacterial, viral, and parasitic disease prototype in detail
  • Understand the mechanisms of cell signalling and cell-cell recognition
  • Write and present an essay during a ‘Core Skills’ tutorial
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