Access to Higher Education: Biology ADED11405E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

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

Access courses are offered at various days and times throughout the week. For timetable details, please see our web pages University of Glasgow - Study - Short courses - Access courses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





4 assessments each weighted at 25%:

30-minute timed set exercise

1000-word scientific essay

1 page/500-word individual scientific poster

1250-word scientific report

Course Aims

To enable students to expand their basic Biology understanding and to develop academic literacies 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

■ Communicate Biology theories and concepts in a logical and effective manner, using key terminology from this field of study, as required for University 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.