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Study Animal Science and build a foundation for working with animals

  • 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.



Study plant science  - develop your knowledge and apply it to commercial situations

  • Develop your knowledge of applying plant science.
  • Highly experienced tutors.
  • Study in your own home at your own pace.
  • Learn theoretical and skill based knowledge.

Develop a foundation for applying plant science in commercial situations. Many industries offer significant employment or business opportunities for people who have a moderate understanding of plant science, provided this knowledge is accompanied with a real sense of how it can be applied for commercial benefit in the real world. Unfortunately scientific training is often either too theoretical (lacking relevance to commerce), or too strongly skills based (i.e. how to perform tasks without a solid understanding of the science behind the task). This course is something between those extremes. The certificate consists of 8 individual modules and 100 hour Industry Meetings or Research Project.

Accreditation: International Accreditation and Recognition Council - I.A.R.C.


Learn about alternative energy sources and how to use them


  • Learn to become less reliant on the electricity and gas companies and save money through alternative energy sources.
  • Now more relevant than ever, Alternative Energy covers the basics of electricity, how to generate electricity from renewable resources, how to store energy, non electrical systems, energy consumption and conservation. Learn to understand why alternative and renewable energy is so important and how to go about it.

More info & enrolment: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY VSS102 S »

If you are interested in learning more about human anatomy for interest or to improve your job prospects.

This course is useful if you are interested in sports coaching, nutrition, sports teaching, nursing, medicine, physiotherapy and more.
The course covers:
  • surface anatomy 
  • regional and systemic anatomy
  • radiographic anatomy
  • cytology

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

More info & enrolment: ANATOMY II (HUMAN) BSC112 »

A Foundation Course for building specialist knowledge of plant sciences

Botanists study plants; some as a passion, some as a job; others as a business; and many for all three reasons.

Whatever your reason; this course is a an opportunity to learn about the biology of plants at a college or higher level.

This course has been developed by, and you are taught by, an international team of plant scientists who have each built their own unique and distinguished career, from working with plants.


Build a career in the business of science and technology

Scientists used to be often thought of as nerdy people who were all about theory, and little about practical things.

Most would seek work in teaching or research; often funded by governments or big organisations.

Today's world is a lot different.

Science has become commercialised and "sexy" - a solid understanding of science, combined with a little entrepreneurial flair, can open up a world of business and career opportunities in the world of commerce. 



 Learn more about the biochemistry of animals with this 100 hour distance learning course.


  • use biochemical services in a practical way 
  • work with the application of biochemistry in applied science
  • use the support of qualified and experienced tutors  
  • learn fundamentals first including atomic structure, the periodic table, molecules, nomenclature, organic chemistry
  • investigate common organic compounds such as carbohydrates, lipids and more.

Lessons cover: introduction to biochemistry, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, thermo regulation, carbohydrate metabolism, absorption, acidity, alkalinity, chemical analysis, and industry applications.

Prerequisites: Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential to success in this course.

More info & enrolment: BIOCHEMISTRY - ANIMALS BSC103 »

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Study Plant Biochemistry

  • Learn about lipids, proteins, enzymes, nitrogen, the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, assimilation, pH, chemical analysis and much more.
  • Improve your understanding of biochemistry applications

Chemistry is the study of the various elements that make up the physical world and how they interact. Organic chemistry is the study of chemical compounds containing carbon. “Bio” means “alive”, therefore biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of biological organisms and how organic chemical compounds react within living cells. In other words, biochemistry is about understanding the chemical reactions that make, break, run and repair living things and the components that make them up. Biochemistry’s goal is to understand the chemical basis of all biological phenomena.

This course is very similar to Biochemistry (Animals) but with an emphasis on plants.  There is no need to take both.  Prerequisite: Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful but not essential.

More info & enrolment: BIOCHEMISTRY I (PLANTS) BSC102 »

Learn about the Biochemicals that make up all living things

  • work towards a career in medicine, research, nutrition, agriculture, health science and natural health care.
  • learn about the chemistry of molecules found in and associated with living systems
  • biochemists try to understand complex processes, how molecules are created or destroyed and how they relate and affect each other, and you can too.
  • learn about the many of the important building blocks of life including: amino acids, proteins, sugars, polysaccharides, lipids, enzymes, vitamins, hormones, RNA and DNA.

This course follows on from Biochemistry I (Plant or Animal) and focuses more on biochemical molecules. 

Prerequisites:  Biochemistry I (Plant or Animal) or equivalent.


More info & enrolment: BIOCHEMISTRY II - BSC203 »


Home Study - Advanced Biochemistry Course

  • learn in depth knowledge into the world of animal biochemistry
  • diagrams are used to illustrate principles and pathways
  • study biochemistry III to work in health science or won't to get a degree with further study
  • advanced diplomas that can be used towards degree programs.   This course is 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.

In this course we examine a wide range of detailed metabolic processes. You will learn to explain a range of common biochemical processes including glycolysis and glycogen metabolism, lipid, amino acid and nucleotide metabolism, enzyme activity, sugar and polysaccharide metabolism, electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation and movement across membranes and a range of other processes. By studying with ACS you will be able to experience the luxury of studying at home and at your own pace! Enrol now to get the most out of this fascinating course.

Prerequisites:  Biochemistry II or similar



Advanced Plant Biochemistry - Affordable Online Study 

  • Learn more about biochemical processes in plants
  • Revised material with new easy to follow diagrams and illustrations 
  • Deepen your knowledge of general biochemistry
  • Study how life processes work, where living organism obtain their energy and nutrients and how these are processed to renew and develop new living materials
  • Keep on track with help from experienced science tutors

thylakoid.Lessons cover: glycolysis, electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation, carbohydrate metabolism, lipid metabolism, photosynthesis, nucleotide metabolism, enzymes, reproductive processes, hormones (and their application to horticulture) and more.

Prerequisite: Biochemistry I and II or equivalent knowledge.




Learn Botany Online - Study by distance learning.

  • Learn essential plant physiology and taxonomy.
  • Gain a useful introduction to plant morphology and anatomy.
  • A suitable course for those working in agriculture, horticulture, environmental or plant science, teaching, pharmaceuticals.  
  • Seek a pathway to undergraduate plant specialism courses.
ACS student comments: "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. [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"
Lucia Masuku, South Africa - Botany 1 course





Home Study Botany Course

"Learn about plant physiology."

This course explains the principles and processes of plant physiology and their practical applications. It builds on prior studies in Botany l, plant physiology or equivalent.  

More info & enrolment: BOTANY II - APPLIED PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (BSC204) »


Cell Biology - Home Study Course

  • complement studies in human health and fitness, horticulture, agriculture and wildlife
  • gain in-depth knowledge of chemical composition and processes; tissues, nucleus, organelles, cell signalling, tissues and more
  • grasp the fundamentals of biology before studying a specialism
  • enjoy learning about the fascinating world of science

The word cell is derived from the Latin “cella” which means “small room”. Cells are the units from which all living organisms are built. Some organisms (e.g. bacteria) have only one cell in the entire organism. Others are multicellular. A human body can contain an estimated 100,000 billion cells.  Each cell is a self-contained and partially self-sufficient compartment designed to carry out a limited series of functions. While the structure and function of cells is extremely variable, their basic structure is similar. All cells are bound by an outer membrane and contain cytoplasm and DNA.

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More info & enrolment: CELL BIOLOGY (BSC110) »
Biochemistry Helps us Learn to Understand all Living Things

Chemistry involves study of elements that make up the physical world, and how they interact with each other.
Organic chemistry is the study of chemical compounds containing carbon.
“Bio” means “alive”, therefore biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of biological organisms and how organic chemical compounds react within living cells. In other words, biochemistry is about understanding the chemical reactions that make, break, run and repair our bodies and the components that make it up. Biochemistry’s goal is to understand the chemical basis of biological phenomena.
Biochemistry has its roots in medicine, nutrition, agriculture, and natural products chemistry. It covers many other areas as well, but today it is mostly is concerned with the chemistry of molecules found in and associated with living systems, especially the chemistry of these molecules. Biochemists are always trying to break processes down in order to understand how these work, how molecules are created or destroyed and how they relate and affect each other. With the advent of all the modern equipment and computer systems many biochemists also study intact systems and how each system functions and the other structures or processes that may be affected.


Home Study Course Applied Science Certificate

"A detailed qualification in practical and applied science."

Choose from dozens of modules to create a 6 module course which gives you very practical knowledge and skills in aspects of science that are of particular interest or value to your own circumstances.

This course is internationally accredited through International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

More info & enrolment: CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE - VSC001 »

Biotechnology is a boom industry; and is likely to continue so in coming decades.

Technological developments have had a huge impact across all areas of applied life sciences; from health and farm production to horticulture and environmental management.

Course Content

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry I & II
  • Tissue Culture
  • Plant Breeding or Animal Breeding
  • Workshop I

Alternatives to these modules may be possible -discuss with our academic staff to investigate other possibilities.

More info & enrolment: CERTIFICATE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY VBS010 »
Understanding the Climate allows us to grow better crops and gardens, manage natural areas more effectively; predict likely weather events, and much more. This course provides a foundation for all of these things, and as such is an important area of study for people working in many different disciplines; from environmental management and farming to land management and meteorology.
More info & enrolment: CLIMATE SCIENCE BSC208 »
  • Work in science and technology
  • Start a business 
  • Develop your employment prospects 

The Diploma requires the completion of 21 modules, which includes 100 hours of industry meetings, Research Project I and II.

This course enables you to a gain a more in depth knowledge of science and allows you to focus on areas that are of particular interest to YOU.
A very flexible and interesting qualification.

This course is internationally accredited through International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

More info & enrolment: DIPLOMA IN APPLIED SCIENCE - Sc501 »

Engineering Applications - Distance Learning Course

  • learn to make jobs easier in agriculture or horticulture
  • seek a job using surveying, earthworks, water management, environmental control (eg. heating, cooling, ventilation, etc.), fencing and chemical applications
  • develop skills to apply appropriate and innovative engineering solutions
  • to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture
  • develop engineering solutions to different workplace tasks/problems


Learn Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemistry is a branch of chemistry that deals with the origins, movement, reactions, and effects of chemicals in the air, water, earth and living environments. It focuses particularly on the influence of human activities on chemicals in our world. 

More info & enrolment: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY BSC306 »


The world needs Experts in Botany

Botanical science is very important for horticultural agricultural and environmental industries. Our knowledge of plants allows us to produce much of the world's food, building materials, fibre, and even fuel; mot to mention maintaining stability in the environment. 

Like many areas of science, opportunities in botany have been changing. The growth area for opportunities is in the world of commerce. 

Businesses, big and small are finding more and more ways of making money from plants; and those businesses need more and more people who understand plant science.





Gain a foundation of knowledge in Genetics
Genetics is a fast moving and ever changing science. No one will ever know everything there is to know about genetics, but with this course you gain a foundation of the knowledge and information you require to learn more and more about this fascinating subject.
  • Develop a foundation for understanding the application of genetics to a range of practical examples in human and plant sciences including reproduction and health management.

More info & enrolment: GENETICS BSC207 »

Introduction to Human Biology - Study by Distance Learning - Study with the support of our specialist tutors.

  • Study human anatomical structures.
  • Understand physiology in human systems.
  • Essential knowledge in industries such as  - education, science, health care, fitness and exercise, nutrition and weight loss, alternative medicine.
  • The 6 lessons in the course cover cells and tissues, the skeleton, the muscular system, the nervous system, digestion and excretion and physiological systems.


Study Human Biology by Distance Learning

  • learn about the internal environment of the human body
  • have considerations into energy use within the human body
  • essential knowledge for health science students
  • study biochemistry in context
  • essential for the fitness trainer, health science and health care professionals, nutritionists 




Prerequisites: A basic understanding of body systems (i.e. Human Biology IA).

More info & enrolment: HUMAN BIOLOGY IB (BIOENERGETICS) BSC201 »

Human Biology - Distance Learning Course

  • understand the essentials of human movement
  • learn about operation of muscles and nerves
  • learn about movements and reactions observed in the body
  • study nerves; the nervous system; motor skills; structure and function of muscle
  • learn relationships between muscular strength, endurance and flexibility

 Prerequisites: Human Biology IB or equivalent.

More info & enrolment: HUMAN BIOLOGY II BSC202 (MUSCLES & MOVEMENT) »


Human biology course studying blood, pulminary ventilation, gas exchange, cardiorespiratory control and disease.
Learn about the human cardio-respiratory system.
  • understand topics such as blood, blood pressure, pulmonary ventilation, gas exchange and transport, blood flow and gas transport,
  • understand cardiorespiratory control, cardiorespiratory disease and more.
  • essential for the fitness trainer, health care professional, nutrition counsellor
  • learn about your own body and improve your health  

Prerequisite: Human Biology II (or equivalent)


Be an Asset in your Workplace: Learn the Basics of Engineering for Machines used in Horticulture and Agriculture.

Learn to select, maintain and correctly use a range of machines and equipment.

  • introductory level course with particular reference to agriculture and horticulture
  • develop an ability to manage the selection, maintenance and engineering of tools and machinery
  • learn the use and operation of tools, equipment and machines in the most effective distance education route   




More info & enrolment: MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) BSC105 »

Learn about Machines and increase your awareness of how they work.

  • Learn to choose, use, maintain and repair the right machinery for the job.
  • The course covers cars to household equipment.
  • Gain an understanding of working with all machines.
  • Increase your knowledge as you study - each lesson builds upon what you learnt in the previous ones, gradually expanding your awareness and understanding of how and where engines can be used to power machines, and how different types of machines function.




More info & enrolment: MECHANICS BSS102 »

Medical Terminology - Distance Learning Course - Study Anytime and Anywhere.

  • Develop communication skills to use medical terminology effectively.
  • Work in health, alternative medicine or para medical areas.
  • Increase confidence using medical language.
  • Achieve your educational goals.
  • Flexible access to post-secondary education.

More info & enrolment: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (BSC109) »

Understand the science of microbiology and its broad applications

Learn about microbiology and its broad applications including:

  • human and animal health,
  • horticulture,
  • agriculture,
  • food industries;

Improve your capacity to seek and understand information, and see applications for that information, well beyond the time you spend on this initial course.

More info & enrolment: MICROBIOLOGY BSC209 »
A foundation course in Physics - gain an understanding and learn about theoretical applications
  • Gain an understanding of physics and theoretical applicationsStart any time
  • Study from anywhere and at your own pace
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.





More info & enrolment: PHYSICS BSC206 »

Physiology II Home Study Course Distance Learning

  • learn more about human physiological systems
  • develop knowledge of physiological principles
  • examine functions of cells, tissues and body systems.
  • learn how bodies maintain internal equilibrium and health while exposed to variable conditions, such as physical, psychological and environmental factors.
  • work in health therapy, health care, fitness, nutrition and education

    Prerequisite: Human Anatomy and Physiology BSC101 or equivalent - contact our school if you need more information on course prerequisites

More info & enrolment: PHYSIOLOGY II BSC111 »

Home Study Course - Plant Ecology

  • learn about the nature and principles of plant ecology
  • use learned practices in plant cultivation
  • learn about ecology, soil, climate, plant adaptations, plant communities and more
  • open and flexible access to plant ecology study  



More info & enrolment: PLANT ECOLOGY BSC305 »

Pre-Medical Diploma Home Study Course - Distance Learning

Diploma in Pre-Medical Studies jointly delivered by ACS and Warnborough College.  This is an intensive training course designed to provide a foundation for people who wish to either work in medical support or apply for further studies at a university, which may eventually lead to qualifying as a medical doctor. This is an excellent opportunity for any individual in any part of the world to lay a foundation for a career in medicine, complimentary medicine or a para medical field.  Opportunities do exist for graduates without further training, but this course by itself does not, nor should be seen, as constituting full medical training.

More info & enrolment: PRE-MEDICAL DIPLOMA BSC002 »

Study soil and water chemistry - apply your knowledge in agriculture, health, and environmental management.

  • Learn about how soils develop.
  • Understand how soil chemistry and fertility affect crop growth.
  • Understand the effect of soil pollutants on health and the environment.
  • Start studying at any time - study by distance learning.

More info & enrolment: SOIL AND WATER CHEMISTRY »

Statistics - Home Study Course - Distance Learning- Tutor Support Available

  • use statistics efficiently
  • use statistics in science - make predictions or conclusions
  • knowledge is invaluable to plan, collect and interpret data
  • deal with data confidently  

This course assumes a basic knowledge of Statistics, at least to the level covered by our Research Project I course. A 100 hour course such as this will not make you into a statistician, but it will provide the most essential knowledge and skills required by consultants and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines taught by ACS.

More info & enrolment: STATISTICS - BSC304 »