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. During the Immerse two-week Biology programme, participants aged 16–18 will have an opportunity to study alongside fellow budding biologists  The Biology programme provides a unique insight into what it’s like to study subject at university level with a curriculum developed and taught by expert tutors from world-leading universities.

The programme will push participants to work collaboratively 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 a secondary school syllabus. The curriculum starts with a deep dive into cell theory, before exploring the world of infectious diseases, and moving on to a wide range of further challenging material.

As participants 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, participants will not only have a working understanding of complex first-year Biology concepts, but a new appreciation for the routines and responsibilities of university life also

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Biology Summer School Key Benefits

Bolster your knowledge of cell theory as you build a more complete 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

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

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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 students return to many times throughout their university career. At Immerse, we start the course by delving into cell theory on a much deeper, advanced level than participants will have experienced before. They will learn what makes something, ‘alive’, how life likely originated, and the problems posed by the RNA world hypothesis. The programme is designed to be challenging, but our expert tutors will guide each participant in developing a firm understanding of the university-level topics that are explored.

After establishing this foundation, the course will then proceed to more advanced topics. By the end of the first week, participants will have covered 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 work currently being done to circumvent it.

Finally, as the course comes to a conclusion, participants will get a chance to explore the challenging field of Bioinformatics, before wrapping up with a hands-on visit to a working research lab where they’ll be able to ask any questions they 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

The Biology programme at Immerse aims to provide participants with an understanding of university-level Biology topics through a programme that is designed and taught by expert tutors from world-leading universities. Through guided lectures, excursions, in-class debate, and hands-on activities, participants will spend two weeks completely immersed in the world of cells, microorganisms, and bacteria. By the end of the programme, participants will feel confident discussing topics that have not typically been explored in a secondary school curriculum.

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 to grips 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 of university study.

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 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 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.

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
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Case Studies

Lauren Benseman, United Kingdom United Kingdom

2017 Biology Alumna

Lauren participated in our Biology programme in 2017. Here's what she has to say about her time with Immerse Education:

Within the next 12 months I will finish high school and the next step is to travel to the UK for university, a decision that was almost entirely decided by my amazing experience at Immerse. The resources the students were offered were amazing and my tutor was passionate and very committed to helping each of his students advance not just their understanding of biology but also their desire to extend beyond the boundaries of their high school curriculum. Our mentors were generous, enthusiastic and had some of the best advice about applying to the UK. Being surrounded by young people like myself who were excited about their subject and committed to learning new things was really inspiring. It was a warm environment that encouraged me to develop both academically and socially. Attending Immerse taught me that the high-quality of learning and teaching at top universities is accessible to people of all backgrounds. The tutors and mentors helped me gain confidence and understand that despite the prestige and reputation of the university I was studying at, it is undeniably a very welcoming place and an institution which I should strive to one day attend. Thanks to Immerse, I have decided to apply to the UK for university, including Cambridge, for which I recently had my interview.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

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. 

Ready to enrol?

The Biology Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

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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