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#Cambridge #13-15 years old #Maximum class size of 15 #From £5895

Biotechnology and Genetics

Get to grips with cutting-edge science, see how it’s already changing our world (and us), and explore where the next technological breakthrough might come from.
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Explore the most significant breakthroughs in medicine, pharmacology and agriculture on our thought-provoking Biotechnology and Genetics course. Has the first person who’ll live to 1000 has already been born? Explore questions like this from the basics of cell biology to controversial protest against natural limitations.

You’ll learn a solid base of knowledge and establish the foundations for further study in the field, considering the role of Biotech and Genetics in modern society and the ethical questions that they raise.

Teaching methodology

Learning in a small group (no more than 15 students and often fewer) means that you get quality time with your teacher and ask as many questions as you like! Through interactive learning, our teachers will guide you through new concepts and assign you practice tasks to build your knowledge and skills. You will also have an opportunity for group work, independent research, and homework assignments to be discussed in class. Small classes mean everyone gets to have their say, and students learn from debating with one another, as well as from their tutor.

The experience

It’s all about balance. Study with us at Cambridge and we’ll help you embrace everything the city has to offer – from socialising with new friends with shared interests to field trips and excursions for practical lessons you just can’t learn from a textbook. We understand students. We make sure you’re stimulated with a social calendar that packs it all in, from traditional guided tours of the University museums to a tranquil afternoon punting on the River Cam.

And of course, you’ll experience the true Cambridge way of life from weekly formal dinners to competitive debating and croquet. Remember to save some energy for dancing the night away at a disco!

Typical outings

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Westminster, London

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.

British Museum

Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery and St James' Park.


Enjoy the fun of the classic Chaucer's Canterbury Tales as we take you back in history to discover English life in the 14th Century. Explore the famous Cathedral and even have a go at dressing in clothes of the time.


Explore the history of space, time and navigation at the Royal Observatory, step aboard the historic Cutty Sark, and uncover gripping stories about how today’s world was shaped at the National Maritime Museum.

Warwick Castle

Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.


It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.

Stay in Cambridge

Home to Cambridge University since 1209, this city is famous for its cyclists, its museums, and of course, the 107 Nobel Laureates. But have you heard of the Mathematical Bridge (c.1749)- the first bridge built using mathematical principles? Or did you know that the first official game of football with rules similar to those we use now was played in 1848 in the middle of the city? Cambridge has so much to offer, from a vibrant history to cobbled streets and cozy cafes. It’s the perfect place to study, and spend a summer exploring.

You will be staying in single or twin room college accommodation, occupied by students during term time, located within a mile of the centre. Your accommodation will be ideally located to explore all the best areas of the city, from its oldest colleges to its lovely cafes. Ensuite rooms may be available at some locations.

You will get a chance to eat in a variety of restaurants in Cambridge, tasting food from all over the world. On top of that, you’ll be treated to a delicious formal dinner in your college - a three-course meal where everyone gets a chance to dress up!


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Dr Bethan Manley

PhD Plant Genetics, University of Cambridge - Bethan has worked on the cloning of genes from a fungus into yeast to study gene function; using bioinformatics to study evolutionary selection in the human genome and circadian clock genetics in plants. For her PhD, Bethan identified a mutant in the crop plant maize, identified the function of the underlying gene and studied the genetic errors within this mutant. She is currently researching the molecular machinery required for RNA silencing in a species of fungus. She carries out a lot of next generation sequencing of the genomes of fungal organisms, as well as sequencing RNA molecules.

Robert Clarke

Robert specialises in Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Machine Learning and Bioinformatics. He has contributed to a a computer-aided drug design project, using virtual screening to develop 15 compounds for testing to be inhibitors for an enzyme named NAAA. Currently, Robert's working on developing compounds that could be dual inhibitors of the dopamine D3 receptor and PPR- alpha receptor. His aim is to combine various generative machine learning techniques to make these compounds.

Sally Butler

MPhil Health, Medicine and Society, University of Cambridge - Sally is part of a research team of medical sociologists at the University of Cambridge who study diagnostic innovation in the realm of oncology. Alongside her research work, Sally works uses her multidisciplinary background to tutor a wide range of students ranging from as young as 6 to as old as 28, both one-to-one and small groups. Her specialties include Biology, Chemistry, English, French and standardized test prep (SAT, SATII, ACT, ISEE, GRE).

Dr Saroj Velamakanni

PhD Molecular Pharmacology, University of Cambridge - After completing his PhD, Saroj stayed on in the Department of Pharmacology as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, researching the molecular mechanisms of drug transport by the human Breast Cancer Resistance protein alongside his teaching duties. Saroj is currently the Director of SKV Consultants ltd, a biotech start-up company. His eventual ambition is to develop a state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnostic test. He also continues to teach, striving to effectively engage with students from different backgrounds.

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

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2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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