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Learn about the main principles and concepts of biology, physics, and chemistry, with this free general science course.

General Science
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Alison's free online Diploma in General Science course will give you a strong overview of the three classical fields of biology, chemistry, and physics. Science is one of the oldest and most important academic disciplines in the world. Everything we know about the world around us, from the atoms to the universe itself, are the results of the study of science. This course will guide you through the main aspects of this incredible subject.
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This free online science course starts off with living things. You will study the five different kingdoms of living things, look into plant and animal cells, and the study the six major group of nutrients. The course will then discuss cell theory including the types of cells, cellular respiration, enzymes, and cell membranes. You will study plant biology including photosynthesis, diseases such as fungi and worms, and plant hormones. The course will also discuss evolution, mitosis, meiosis, and genetics as well as gene technology.

You will then study electronics, electronic systems, magnets, sounds, and transformers. The course will guide you through the study of motion, electric fields, spectra, energy transfers, force, acceleration, gravity, Newton's law, projectiles, and light. You will then look into basic chemistry and the periodic table, as well as how each atom combines to form elements on the periodic table. You will also study the different states of matter and learn about organic and analytic chemistry, elements, electrons, nuclear fusion and fission, energy conversions, electrochemistry, and food chemistry.

Proficiency in science is a skill that opens up exciting and high-paying jobs and careers around the world. All of this starts with an understanding of the basics. This Diploma in General Science online course will start you on your journey towards understanding the incredible world around you through science. By the end of the course, you will have increased your knowledge set, learned something really interesting, and possibly kickstarted a great career.

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Organisms, Nutrients and Digestion

Cell Theory

Plant Biology

Cell Theory, Metabolism & Plant Biology Assessment


Mitosis, Meiosis, and Genetics

Gene Technology

Evolution and Genetics Assessment

Electric Systems, Magnetism and Sound

Motion and Gravity

Physics Assessment

Basic Chemistry

Organic and Analytic Chemistry

Advanced Chemistry

Chemistry Assessment

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe living organisms and how to characterise them
  • Describe the important concepts behind cell theory
  • Explain principles of plant biology such as photosynthesis and plant hormones
  • Describe the theory of evolution
  • Explain concepts in genetics such as mitosis, and meiosis
  • Describe practical applications of gene technology
  • Describe concepts related to electric systems, magnetism and sound
  • Explain important aspects of motion and gravity
  • Describe the periodic table and the structure of atoms
  • Explain the different states of matter: gases, liquids, and solids
  • Describe important concepts in organic and analytic chemistry


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

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