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Advanced Certificate in Applied Animal Science VSC003

This Advanced Certificate consists of 8 modules and a Research Project or 100 hour Industry meeting, covering Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy (Classification), Behaviour etc. It also incorporates optional study in Environmental Assessment, a marketable skill for people who graduate with a good understanding of animals. 

Internationally accredited by IARC

Modules Included in this Certificate: 
1. Animal Anatomy and Physiology
2. Environmental Assessment or Professional Practice for Consultants
3. Industry Meetings (100 hour), Workshop I or Research Project I
4. Biochemistry 1-Animals 
5. Biochemistry 11
6. Vertebrate Zoology
7. Ornithology
8. Marine Studies 1
9. Animal Behaviour

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Anatomy and Physiology (Human Biology 1A) - BSC101

Human Physiology and Anatomy.Increase your knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. This course provides you with the knowledge base for a career in health sciences or simply provides a better insight into your own body. You will understand what is a human body, how it works, and which factors determine health.  This course provides a solid introduction to human biology:, covering cells, tissues, membranes, the skeleton, the digestive system, the endocrine system, respiration, reproduction, the excretory system, muscles, the nervous system and the circulatory system.

ACS Student Comment: The materials were clear and informative and lead you to explore other information. The online quizzes were a good way to check understanding. The assessments meant you needed to research in more depth. I have started an Occupational Therapy course at Uni so it has given me a good foundation. An excellent learning opportunity to work in my own time, but with support. Lisa Greenhead, UK - Human Biology 1a (Anatomy and Physiology) course.

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Anatomy II (Human) BSC112

An advanced anatomy course developed for people wishing to develop a career in health and human sciences, paramedical, and alternative therapies. This course is especially useful for massage therapists and other health care professionals working in close contact with patient's bodies.
Topics covered include surface, regional and systemic anatomy, radiographic and diagnostic anatomy, plus cytology.

This course assumes a basic understanding of anatomy, and is an ideal follow on from Human Anatomy and Physiology BSC101.

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Associate Diploma in Biological Science VSC010

Study, Learn and Work in Applied Biological Science

  • This course can open opportunities to work in land based or health industries; perhaps in marketing, media, consulting or management; or maybe in support of service providers, education or something else.
  • Open Learning Course -flexible, self paced
  • Lots of options to specialize
  • Start with a single module if you prefer, then transfer into this Associate Diploma after you are sure this is where you want to study
  • Opportunity for personal mentoring from international experts based in both Australia and the UK -providing a unique international flavour to your education

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Biochemistry 1 (Animals) - BSC103


"Biochemistry - Animals" is the knowledge basis for all human and animal health studies. Learn with highly qualified and experienced tutors the basis of life.

ACS student comment: "Having not finished high school myself and never studied biochemistry my confidence is a little low but the encouragement I am receiving from Honor [tutor] is a tremendous help and making it easier for me as I go. [The course] is helping me realize what I am actually capable of and that I am smarter than I thought. Thank you for making it possible for me to study my passion while still being able to work." Melissa Smith, Australia, Biochemistry 1 (Plants) course.

This course is similar to "Biochemistry - Plants"; except for the fact that it deals with animals. Lessons cover: Introduction to biochemistry, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, thermo regulation, carbohydrate metabolism, absorption, acidity, alkalinity, chemical analysis, and industry applications.
Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential.

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Biochemistry I for Plants - BSC102

Biochemistry is the chemistry of living things. This course focuses on the biochemistry of plants, rather than animals or humans; though much of what is studied will relate to all types of living things.Our Problem Based Approach for learning makes the learning experience practical and applied, helping you to understand, absorb and retain your new knowledge.

Lessons cover: Biochemical substances and terms, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, metabolism, the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, acidity and alkalinity, nutrition, hormones, chemical analysis and biochemical applications in industry.

Course requisites: Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential.

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Biochemistry II - BSC203

Study the Molecules that Living things are Made of

This course focuses on developing a greater familiarisation with biochemical molecules Students would normally have completed Plant or Animal Biochemistry I, before attempting this module.

Why Study Biochemistry?

  • These are the things that you are made of. Understand molecules and you understand more about your own health and wellbeing
  • Plants, animals, food, pests, diseases -things that concern us in every industry and every aspect of our daily lives, are made up of biochemical molecules. Understand the molecules and you have a head start in everything from horticulture and agriculture to health services, psychology and food inductries.

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Biochemistry III (Animals) BSC303


Enhance your knowledge with a deeper understanding of life processes. A course designed for people working or wishing to work in a human or animal health or science related profession, as practitioner, educator or researcher.  Learn to explain a range of common biochemical processes with an emphasis upon animal and human biochemical processes.  This course provides indepth illustrated course notes.

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Biochemistry III (Plants) BSC302


Biochemistry III (Plants) will expand your knowledge and understanding of common plant biochemical processes including an indepth look at photosynthesis, glycolysis, lipid and polysaccharide metabolism, enzymes and much more.

This unique course gives you the opportunity to for home learning as it is entirely online.

Prerequisites: Biochemistry I and II - or equivalent knowledge.

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Botany I - BSC104

Discover the world of Botany.
The course contains the basis of plant science, and is an introduction to plant physiology and taxonomy, covering general botany including morphology and anatomy.
It satisfies the Royal Horticulture Society’s Module B of the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture.(UK accredited)

ACS Student comment: "It has been an eye opener!! I am now living in a different world, my whole perspective to life and nature has changed and now I cherish it more. It has broadened my mind and advanced my level of looking at things in my every day work as well. [My tutor] encourages me a lot and that kept me going. She would give more positive constructive correction where necessary as if it was not that bad at all. She has been supportive and understanding.Very good." Lucia Masuku, South Africa - Botany 1 course.

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Cell Biology - BSC110

An essential foundation course for all people interested in biology, whether human, animal or plant.
The cell is the basic unit of life.  This knowledge is most essential to understand how life works for all animals and plants.

Student Comment: "the course was better than I expected" "I am studying a Bachelor of Health Science next year at university. I gained far more knowledge from this course than I expected." J.McEwan

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Certificate in Applied Science VSC001


It's often wise to take it one step at a time.
  • This way you can familiarize yourself with the industry; see if you are suited to the industry.
  • Experience has taught us that students who take on achievable studies are most likely to complete them and move on to further and higher qualifications (ie. Often you are more likely to eventually achieve a diploma if you start with a certificate; then step up after completing that first course).
Our Certificate in Applied Science may be ideal for you! It gives you an excellent foundation in applied science with many options to select specialisation (plant, animal, environmental, health) and very relevant subjects in science today. It is also an excellent tool for people wishing to work or working in science related jobs without formal qualifications, to improve employability and move up the ladder in your field.
Accredited Internationally by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council

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Earth Science BEN204

Earth Science develops an ability to identify and describe the Earth, its structure and explain processes that affect change in the structure and composition of the earth. Learn about geology, meteorology, global weather patterns, the oceans, earth surface processes (eg. earthquakes and volcanoes), geological time and more.  This course is essential for anyone wanting to know more about the environment we live in.

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Engineering II - BSC205


This course complements Engineering I, developing skills to apply appropriate and innovative engineering solutions, to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture. This course covers: surveying, earthworks, water management, environmental control (eg. heating, cooling, ventilation, etc.), fencing, chemical applications, mechanising manual tasks, improving engineering efficiency/operations and developing engineering solutions to different workplace tasks/problems.

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Foundation Diploma (Natural Health) BSC001

Foundation Diploma in Natural Health is specially designed for people seeking a career as a Natural Therapist, Nutritionist or Nutrition and Health counsellor, or Wellness Counsellor.This provides a foundation for seeking the first level of employment and a basis for further studies to progress in your career and expand employment opportunities. Under arrangements with Health Schools Australia (in Australia) and Warnborough College (in Ireland and the UK), studies in this course can provide advance standing in higher studies via those institutions.  The whole Foundation Diploma may be completed online!

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Human Biology IB (Bioenergetics) BSC201

Learn about energy

Discover how energy is transformed within living organisms, and between them and their environment. Learn about metabolic processes through which energy is produced and utilised.

Apply this understanding to improve body management and maintain optimum levels of energy.

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of body systems or undertake an appropriate course such as - Human Anatomy and Physiology.

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Human Biology II (Muscles and Movement) BSC202



Interested in human biology and exercise science, or do you just want to know more about how the body works? This course describes nerves and the nervous system; muscle structure and function; motor skills; and muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. 

An important topic for everyone in the health and fitness industry. 

You will develop:

  • A greater understanding of the operations of muscles and nerves.
  • Learn how our bodies are able to move.
  • Practical skills to enhance muscular endurance, strength and flexibility.
  • Advanced human biology knowledge.

Prerequisites: Human Biology BSC101 or equivalent.

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Medical Terminology - BSC109


On completion of this module the learner will be able to understand medical terminology used to identify the functioning of the body, the range of medical equipment and procedures used and also the most commonly used terms used in pharmacology.

This course is relevant to anyone working or wishing to work in fields of health, alternative medicine or paramedical areas; such as reception for a doctor or natural therapist.  It is also suggested that people who are already trained in this area from abroad, but who go to an English speaking country for work purposes, would benefit from doing this course.

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Physics BSC206

Develop a fundamental understanding of physics, as a foundation to applying theoretical physics in any world situations, from engineering and environmental management to rural industries and health sciences.

What sorts of things will you learn in this course?
Maths is the language of physics. Much of physics is about explaining physical phenomena and being able to create predictive mathematical models or theories to explain why things occur as they do and be able to predict future results in a reliable manner.

Study from home, but have tutor help available when you need it!

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Physiology II (Humans) BSC111

An advanced course on human physiology that will develop further your understanding of the principles of physiology, examining functions of the cells, tissues and systems of the human body. The course details how our bodies maintain internal equilibrium and health while exposed to the most variable range of conditions, such as physical, psychological and environmental factors.
A course designed for health therapists and all those working in health care that want or need to develop a deeper understanding of the human body processes and health maintenance.

Prerequisite: Human Anatomy & Physiology BSC101 or equivalent.

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Plant Ecology

Study the science of plants

Plant ecology is the science that studies and describes why plants are located where they grow, what makes them grow there, and how they relate to other living beings, such as plants, animals, humans and other organisms. The course is a basic foundation for people wishing to pursue a career in sciences, environment, agriculture, gardening, landscaping, organic farming, permaculture and herbal medicine, and all people interested in the natural world.

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Statistics - BSC304

Online Statistics Course

Strenghten your career with this course in Statistics. If you want to develop scientifically-based research studies, this is your starting point. Learn how to interpret data sets using established statistical analysis.This 100 hour course such as this provides the most essential knowledge and skills required by consultants and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. This course assumes a basic knowledge of Statistics, at least to the level covered by our Research Project I course.

Lesson cover: distributions; measures of central tendency; the normal curve and percentiles and standard scores; correlation; regression; inferential statistics; the t test; analysis of variance; chi square test.

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