Foundations of Science for Undergraduate Degrees


Develop the right skills for study and assessment in higher education while refreshing your core science knowledge.

Duration : 5 weeks

Weekly study: 4 hours

100% online : Learn at your own pace

Unlimited : $23.33/month

Give yourself an advantage for starting a university degree

With interruptions to education occurring all the time, many school students intending to go to university in the coming years may not feel prepared.

This three-week course from the University of Nottingham will provide a primer in science before joining an undergraduate science degree and will help to ease the transition to University.

Refresh key biology and chemistry knowledge

The transition to university can be daunting in normal times, but recent disruption to education has meant that many students may have missed out on key topics before starting their undergraduate degrees.

On this course, you’ll be able to refresh your knowledge of biology and chemistry and fill in any blanks before starting university. This will be especially useful if you’re planning to join any animal, human, or pharmacy-related degrees.

Build the skills to support learning in higher education

There are many skills that can give you an advantage when moving into higher education. You’ll learn crucial techniques to help with motivation, your working memory, and even creating an optimal study environment.

The skills that you’ll gain on this course mean that, when they start your undergraduate science degree, you’ll already be in a better position to cope with the academic demands of a University-level science course.

Learn from the experts at the University of Nottingham

This course is being led by the University of Nottingham Vet School which has the experience of developing a very successful Virtual Work Experience for the University.

Being known for putting students first, and with very high student satisfaction scores, the School is greatly equipped to help you adapt to the educational needs of higher education.


  • Week 1

    Introductions, study skills and your first case!

  • Week 2

    Chemical structure and bonding & Cardiovascular systems

  • Week 3

    Mitosis and uncontrolled cell division & Communication systems

  • Week 4

    Immune systems & Acids, bases, pH and buffers

  • Week 5

    Genetics & Organic chemistry

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts within level 3 biology and chemistry such as biological molecules, cell division, immunology, genetics, cardiovascular system, structure and bonding, acids and bases and organic chemistry.
  • Apply and develop these key concepts within case-based scenarios.
  • Develop effective and individualised study skills to aid transition to higher education.
  • Reflect on current knowledge base and study skills to carry out a self-audit allowing the efficient selection of key case studies to complete.
  • Apply numeracy skills in a case setting.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students intending to do an undergraduate science degree. By enrolling in this course, you’ll gain the necessary skills to start university and increase your level of confidence.

Who developed the course?

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students with world-leading research and benefitting communities all around the world.



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