Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Science, Engineering and Nursing:Biology ADED11405E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides an introduction to Biology, focusing on the key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in Biomedical, Life Sciences and Nursing. 


Blocks 1 and 2

3 hours per week for 22 weeks, plus 1 revision week

Wednesdays, 18.30-21.30

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



One in-class test , one scientific essay, one presentation, and one lab report (each weighted at 12.5%, totalling 50%)


One 60-minute final examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable students to put in place basic Biology understanding and skills needed for Level 1 undergraduate study in Biomedical, Life Sciences and Nursing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the concepts involved in basic Biology ideas (for example, adaptation, cell structure/function, human physiology)

■ Solve real-world Biology problems by carrying out data interpretation exercises, as needed for Level 1 Science courses

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.