One person would undoubtedly spring to mind were you to think about the history of biology… and that’s Charles Darwin. And it’s a well-known fact that the father of modern biology was himself Cambridge alumni. But Darwin’s not the only influential biologist to study in the city. Notable biology Cambridge students included William Harvey (chronicler of the body’s circulatory system) as well as countless Nobel Prize winners in the field.
Needless to say, if you are thinking about a summer course in biology here in Cambridge, you’d be in good company. Boiled down, biology is the study of life. And on this course, you will receive a unique learning experience based on our interactive teaching methods – with the added knowledge that you’ll be walking the path of some of the most influential biologists the world has known.
Why is this Cambridge summer course in biology so popular? Find out from some of our past students in this short video…
You will be taught by Cambridge biology tutors with years of practical experience and some of the highest credentials in the subject.
The tutorial teaching method used on our Cambridge summer course in biology replicates that of the city’s world-renowned university. You are taught in a more intimate learning environment, focused very much around what you want to get out of the course. Be it plant science through to zoology, it is your chance to look at organisms, biodiversity and how they adapt in the context of your own interests.
You’ll go way beyond what you learned in school. There’s a mini field course where you will conduct your own experiments and this, combined with weekly tutorials and smaller seminars, will provide the materials for you to come up with your own essay. You’ll work on this during a supervised study session, meaning you receive in depth one-to-one tutor feedback all the way through.
Emaba Zaman is a qualified science teacher and holds a degree from University of Cambridge in Education and Biological Sciences. She has obtained her teaching qualification (PGCE) from King’s College for which she was awarded a grade 1. She is currently enrolled at University of Oxford for Part 3 of her MSc. in Learning and Teaching and she has successfully completed Part 1 and 2. She has extensive experience in working with sixth formers and preparing them for Medical school / Oxbridge interviews. Her Biological Science background is in Physiology, Cell Biology and Experimental Psychology. She has previously taught in Windermere Summer School and has attended a semester at Harvard University during her undergraduate years to gain credits in Psychology. She has also been the President of Team Up (Cambridge Committee), where she coordinated and delivered an after school tutoring programme across four schools in Cambridgeshire through the recruitment of Cambridge University students. During her time at Cambridge, she has been the executive secretary at the student union and has helped organise various society events. At present, Ms. Zaman is a Science Teacher in an outstanding school in London.
Hila Levy is studying for her DPhil in Zoology at Oxford, researching the diseases and population genetics of several penguin species in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. Originally from Puerto Rico, Hila has lived, studied and worked on every continent. A strong believer in interdisciplinary teaching and research, she obtained a B.S. in Biology, Arabic, French and Spanish from the US Air Force Academy, followed by an MSt. in Historical Research and an MSc. in Biology from Oxford while on a Rhodes Scholarship. She subsequently worked in government service for several years, and obtained an additional M.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University before returning to Oxford for her doctoral studies on a Clarendon Scholarship. Hila has taught with Oxford Summer Courses for two years, and also lectures and tutors Oxford undergraduates in Biological Sciences.
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Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria is a tutor in Biology at Oxford Summer Courses. Victoria has taught students ranging in age from 16-4th year university for 6 years, in the subjects of biology, ecology, human and physical geography, plant sciences and ethnoecology. To this end, Victoria has taken training courses both at the University of Victoria and the University of Oxford to receive accreditations to teach in higher education and investigate different interactive teaching methods. Her research interests include plant taxonomy and ethnobotany, in particular how local people use and classify plants and animals, and how they are adjusting to changes in the weather and ecosystems, and she has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"You get the chance to ask questions to someone that can tell you what it’s like to work in that field and who can answer more difficult questions, you get a more inspiring insight in the subject than you get in your normal school. "
"My tutor, Mrs. Hila Levy was really kind and helpful, she made sure that all of the students in her class clearly understand the new concepts that she explained, and she used to give us a full feedback when we finish our work. "
"Oxford Summer Courses has exceeded my expectations and has been a great way for me to meet people from all over the world while experiencing all that Oxford has to offer."
"The best thing about Cambridge is that you experience something new with people all around the world, also you learn different things throughout your journey."
"My tutor really knows the subject and goes into great depth. "
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