Access to Science, Engineering and Nursing:Biology ADED11405E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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.