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Cell Biology - Endorsed Certificate Course (TQUK - Training Qualifications UK)

Distance learning course with study materials, tutor support and final exam included

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£325 inc VAT
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Study method
Online, self-paced
100 hours
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Access until course completion
No formal qualification
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Cell Biology Online Course. 100 Hours Endorsed Certificate Course (TQUK - Training Qualifications UK) - Pre-Medical Program.

Cell Biology (Pre-Medical Program) course online. Understand the key components of animals and plants. Be prepared for a career in health and Sciences. An essential foundation course for all people interested in human health, animal care and animal studies.

The cell is the basic unit of life. Its knowledge is most essential to understand how life works for higher animals and plants.

An understanding of cell biology is important in many areas of study, for the cell is the building block of all living forms. This course complements studies in any area of applied biology including human health and fitness, horticulture, agriculture and wildlife management.

This course is included as a module in the Advanced Diploma in Medical Science (Pre-Medical), which has been endorsed by TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.

This course has been endorsed by TQUK. Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programs and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide.

Benefits of an ADL Endorsed Course?

Endorsed courses are skills based. They have been evaluated and approved by an independent awarding body such as Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

What makes ADL’s Endorsed courses different?

  • Flexible Self-Paced Learning– adjust your learning around your home and work commitments
  • Start and Finish at any time
  • Courses globally and industry relevant
  • Practical Component at the end of most lessons.

Allocated your own tutor relevant to your subject. You can have as little or as much contact as you like with your tutor. They are there to support you all the way through.

This course is endorsed by TQUK -Training Qualifications UK, an OFQUAL awarding body.


Course media


Lesson Structure: Cell Biology BSC110

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1 Introduction to Cells and Their Structure

  • What is a cell
  • History of cell biology
  • Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; cell shape and size; cell structure; the nucleus; the nucleolus; euchromatin and heterochromatin; the animal cell; the plant cell; human cells.

2 Cell Chemistry

  • Cell Chemical Composition
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Proteins
  • Enzymes
  • Cell Membranes
  • Golgi apparatus

3 DNA, Chromosomes and Genes

  • What is DNA
  • Chromosomes
  • Genes;
  • DNA replication
  • Telomeres and telomerase
  • Genetics; case study in genetic inheritance
  • Phenotype and Genotype
  • Gene mutations.

4 Cell Division: Meiosis and Mitosis

  • Mitosis and Meiosis overview
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis

5 Cell Membranes

  • Membranes
  • Structure of Cell Membranes
  • Movement of Molecules through cell Membranes
  • Endocytosis
  • Osmosis and Filtration
  • Hydrostatic Pressure
  • Active Transport
  • Electro-chemical Gradient
  • Nutrient and Waste Exchange in Animal Cells
  • Mediated and Non-Mediated Transport.

6 Protein Structure and Function

  • Protein structure
  • Fibrous Proteins
  • Globular Proteins
  • Protein Organisation
  • Primary to Quaternary Structure
  • Protein Function.

7 Protein Synthesis

  • Overview
  • The Function of Ribonucleic Acid in Protein Synthesis
  • Transcription and Translation
  • Initiation; Elongation
  • Termination.

8 Food, Energy, Catalysis and Biosynthesis

  • Sources of Energy
  • Metabolism within the Cell
  • Catabolic Metabolism
  • Anabolic Metabolism
  • ATP Movement
  • Kreb's cycle
  • Production and Storage of Energy
  • Energy Production Pathways from Different Foods
  • Biosynthesis of Cell Molecules
  • Mitochrondria
  • Chloroplasts.

9 Intracellular Compartments, Transport and Cell Communication

  • Cell communication
  • Endocrine Signalling
  • Aracrine Signalling
  • Autocrine signalling
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Actin Filaments
  • Intermediate Filaments
  • Microtubules

10 The Cell Cycle and Tissue Formation

  • The cell cycle
  • Phases of the Cell Cycle
  • Cell Cycle Regulation
  • Cell Death
  • Cells to Bodies
  • Stem Cells
  • Animal Tissues including Muscle, Connective, Epithelial, Nerve
  • Blood

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the academy, marked by the academy's tutors and returned to you with feedback, any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Who is this course for?

Medical Students, Biology Students, Botany Students, Pre-Med Students


A pc or laptop with internet connection.

Career path

Education in molecular and cell biology can lead to a multitude of careers in botany, genetics, medicine, and biotechnology. Studies in this field can lead to careers in a lab, a school setting, in research, or a combination of all of these. Further levels of education afford more opportunities, specifically with regards to research and teaching opportunities.

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Lynne Powell asked:

What level is this course e.g. L2 or L3? Does it include a certificate?


Hello Lynne Level 4 Certificate in Cell Biology. The course completes with an endorsed Certificate and transcript by the Ofqual awarding body TQUK and would be considered the equivalent of an A Level in science. Course is recognised as Professional Development and is used by companies (including the NHS), Schools & Universities all over the world . Please call us via our website if you have any other questions and we can answer in more depth. Kindest Regards Amanda White

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