BIOLOGY

Biology Summer School in Cambridge

BIOLOGY

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Biology
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK
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Summary

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Unravel the mysteries behind everything from the world’s tiniest microorganisms to the largest ecosystems known to man. Here at the Immerse’ two-week Biology programme, students aged 16–18 will have an opportunity to study with other young, soon-to-be biologists and get familiar with the finer points of university life.

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The programme will push students to work together 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 secondary school syllabi. The curriculum starts with a deep dive into cell theory, before exploring the world of infectious diseases, and finally moving on to a wide range of more challenging material.

As students 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 students will have not only a working understanding of complex first-year Biology concepts, as well as a new appreciation for the routines and responsibilities of university life.

Summary

Unravel the mysteries behind everything from the world’s tiniest microorganisms to the largest ecosystems known to man. Here at the Immerse two-week Biology programme, students aged 16–18 will have an opportunity to study with other young, soon-to-be biologists and get familiar with the finer points of university life.

The programme will push students to work together 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 secondary school syllabi. The curriculum starts with a deep dive into cell theory, before exploring the world of infectious diseases, and finally moving on to a wide range of more challenging material.

As students 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 students will have not only a working understanding of complex first-year Biology concepts, as well as a new appreciation for the routines and responsibilities of university life.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Key Facts

Bolster your knowledge of cell theory as you build a better 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 (and more!)

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 you’ll return to many times throughout your university career. Here at Immerse, we’ll start your course by delving into cell theory on a much deeper, advanced level than you’ve likely experienced before. You’ll also learn what makes something, ‘alive’, how life likely originated, and the problems posed by the RNA world hypothesis.

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After establishing this foundation, you’ll then move on to more advanced topics. By the end of your first week, you’ll have seen 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 currently work being done to circumvent it.

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

Topics Covered

Cell theory is often one of the first topics studied in high school Biology. It’s an essential concept, and one that you’ll return to many times throughout your university career. Here at Immerse, we’ll start your course by delving into cell theory on a much deeper, advanced level than you’ve likely experienced before. You’ll also learn what makes something, ‘alive’, how life likely originated, and the problems posed by the RNA world hypothesis.

After establishing this foundation, you’ll then move on to more advanced topics. By the end of your first week, you’ll have seen 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 currently work being done to circumvent it.

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

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

Course Outcomes

In a sense, the Biology programme at Immerse helps make the often stressful transition from high school to university much more comfortable. Through guided lectures, excursions, in-class debate, and hands-on activities, students will spend two weeks completely immersed in the world of cells, microorganisms, and bacteria.

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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 comfortable 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.

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 and 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.
  • Be able to outline the importance of NAD+/FAD carriers in cell respiration
  • Understand the mechanisms of cell signalling and cell-cell recognition.
  • Write and present an essay during a ‘Core Skills’ tutorial.

Throughout the course, students receive tailored feedback from their tutor about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Course Outcomes

In a sense, the Biology programme at Immerse helps make the often stressful transition from high school to university much more comfortable. Through guided lectures, excursions, in-class debate, and hands-on activities, students will spend two weeks completely immersed in the world of cells, microorganisms, and bacteria.

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 comfortable 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.

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 and 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 signaling and cell-cell recognition.
  • Write and present an essay during a ‘Core Skills’ tutorial.

Throughout the course, students receive tailored feedback from their tutor about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

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Ready to enrol?

The Biology Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

The Biology Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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