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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Investigating how DNA works and how it informs the structures and functions of living things, this course begins to explore key scientific advances in genetics, the impact and importance of genomics and the connection between genetics and disease. Using both classroom and laboratory teaching, the course also provides the opportunity for hands-on practical experimentation of classic molecular biology techniques.



How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a mixture of informal lectures and seminars as part of day-schools, practical sessions and discussion. This is supplemented by your own self-directed learning around the topics being covered via the face to face teaching.

You will learn how to present your creative ideas both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected in each term to:

  • attend the day-schools
  • participate actively in class work
  • undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  • access resources and submit assignments through the Institute’s VLE

It is essential that you have an email account and regular access to the internet. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online, and feedback on assignments is sent to you online.

Students will retain access to the course VLE space and any learning resources for two academic years after completing the course.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

13 Oct 2018 to 08 Jun 2019

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

28 Sep 2018

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Teaching sessions

Saturday sessions: 14

Course code