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The Biology of Bugs, Brains, and Beasts

University of York via FutureLearn


Prepare for university study with this online biology course

Are you a student in sixth form and thinking of studying at university? On this course, you will use innovative research to enhance your understanding of basic biological concepts taught in A level biology. You will also be introduced to university-level material so you can get a sense of what it’s like to study biosciences at the University of York.

Over three weeks, you will take a fascinating look into bugs, brains and neuroscience, and the interaction of animals with the environment. You will also discover what makes the University of York a unique place to study.

This course is for school students in sixth form or Year 11 that are considering applying to university, as well as anyone interested in biology.


  • Bugs
    • Introductions
    • Solving Life's Energy Problem
    • Living Together
    • Putting Microbes to Work
    • Bugs Week Quiz
    • Life Lounge
  • Brains
    • Our complex brain
    • Wiring the brain
    • Plastic brains
    • Learning about Learning
    • Brains Week Quiz
    • Life Lounge
  • Beasts
    • Landscape scale ecology
    • Populations of species
    • Biodiversity
    • Nutrient cycles
    • Challenges in conservation
    • Beasts quiz and final test
    • Life lounge

Taught by

Setareh Chong


4.5 rating at FutureLearn based on 33 ratings

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