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Evolution Theory and Controversy Course

Evolution: Theory & Controversy

Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand Evolution: Theory & Controversy for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

How did we get here? How can we explain existence and the abundance of life? This course is designed to provide you with a good working knowledge of evolutionary theory, including the evolution of animals, humans, consciousness, emotion and logic, relationships, sexuality and love. It raises objections to the theory from Creationists and the idea of ‘intelligent design’, giving them a fair but critical look. Finally, despite the apparent conclusion that our place in the universe is insignificant and the result of impersonal, natural laws, the idea that some sort of spirituality might still be possible is examined.


  • Lesson One
    • The Evolution of Animals
      • The ‘Big Bang’
      • The Emergence of Life
      • The Mechanism of Evolution
  • Lesson Two
    • Central Concepts in Evolutionary Theory
      • Classification
      • Our Closest Relatives
      • Homology
      • Dating Controversies
      • Plate Tectonics
  • Lesson Three
    • The Evolution of the Primates
      • Adaptation and Specialisation
      • Common Ancestry
      • The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution
      • The Rise of Modern Humans
  • Lesson Four
    • The Evolution of the Mind
      • The Mating Game
      • Bringing Up Baby
      • Nutrition
      • Cooperation
  • Lesson Five
    • Arguments against Evolutionary Theory
      • Creationism v Evolutionism
  • Lesson Six
    • In Search of Spirituality

No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 8 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £270 £250 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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