Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Biology


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Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Biology

Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Biology



This diploma is designed to explore Biology. On this course you will explore require a professional summary of Biology and its explanation of human life. It is based on two approaches. The first teaches the general concepts, laws, theories and models of biology, exploring the practical application of Biology to everyday life. The second context-led approach looks at the relationship between humans and their environment. How did life begin and form humans, plants and all other living organisms with their complex systems.


Learning Objectives

  • Students will have an opportunity to learn lifestyle and health
  • To review the genetics and heath
  • Look at different infectious diseases and energy and exercise in relation to health
  • A review of how to use different aspects of Biology

This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (CIE Global) that hallmarks this professional qualification.


Assessment Objectives (AO)


AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures.


AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. Students can include evidence in different formats to support their written work such as documentation or images to support their course.


Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.



The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:


Unit 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk Part 1

In this unit you will learn about life from the basic atoms to the complex molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. What is needed to sustain life, where did oxygen come from, and what properties of water help sustain life?


Unit 2: Lifestyle, Health and Risk Part 2

Within this unit you will look at what constitutes a healthy diet and what tests there are for the different food groups. How is food processed, broken up used and controlled within the body. A range of systems and processes maintain sufficient energy, water, oxygen and manage the waste within our body.


Unit 3: Genes and Health

Through this unit you will be able to recognise the formation of cells and how they take in food and oxygen. You will understand genetics and structures as well as DNA and abnormalities.


Unit 4: The Voice of the Genome

Here you will discover themes of genes and how they differ in various living organisms. How cells divide asexually through mitosis and sexually through meiosis is covered in detail. The structure of the cell (which is not widely different to single-celled organisms) and the organelles within each are studied to see how they function, their role in replication, and how they work together to form multi-celled structures like tissues.


Unit 5: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

In this unit you will learn transport system of plants, although different to animals, is complex and efficient. Water, nutrient solutes and energy from the sun are harnessed, taken in and transported to where they are needed.


Unit 6: The Wild

You will explore the presentation of structure and functions within and of plants is reviewed in order to cover topics such as transport and the production of energy using chlorophyll within chloroplasts. Various cycles such as the Carbon, Nitrogen and Calvin cycle, food chains and food webs are addressed to show the wider application of nutrients, energy, food and water in the environment and diverse Ecosystems, and the role of plants.


Unit 7: Infection, Immunity and Forensics

How you review how pathogens affect and cause illness, disease or having use in the production of useful products such as antibiotics, bread, yoghurt and beer, for example, are Microbes, Bacteria and Virus. Their structure, how they function, reproduce, attack or have effect, how they are bred, and how we use them or protect against their bad/ good effects helps us to understand precisely how and in what way they work.


Unit 8: Infectious Disease

You will review the array of diseases investigated includes e.g. Influenza, Malaria and HIV/ Aids. The module would be incomplete unless methods by which humans try and should try to prevent infection, and how - using the Immune system, immunity and antibodies, immunisation and genetic modification to carry out this function in the body is also covered


Unit 9: Energy and Exercise

This unit will explore bones and the skeleton, and all the systems involved in movement such as muscles, ligaments and tendons starts this topic. Each system is complex having specialised elements such as the heart moves using cardiac muscle, yet the movement of the abdomen involves a totally different set and form of muscles. In order to exercise, the organisation of the transport, respiration, hormonal, skeletal and musculature systems, and how they are coordinated is covered in depth.


Unit 10: Grey Matter

In this final unit you will review the reinforces and summarises how humans can respond to their external environment and take control by using the nervous (brain and nerve cord) and endocrine (hormonal) systems. The nervous system is made up of a network of neurones controlled by the brain and the spinal cord.



The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations. Through assessment you will cover certain criteria such as:

  • Theoretical Knowledge/ Understanding
  • Practical Implications
  • Integration of Theory and Practice.


The course has TWO Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA); which are graded: Pass or Fail. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. Your grade will depend upon if the criteria set ha been met and the decision of your tutor. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.


Study Hours (Per Unit)

Approximately: 20 hours personal study time per unit, which is supported by the ODL Course Tutor, but we greatly encouraged students to access support from their tutor throughout the course.



The whole course MUST be completed and both assignments graded PASS to gain the “Oxford Learning College Level Three Diploma in Biology”

Course Fee: £850.00 Fees can be paid by instalments.

Entry Requirement/Progression

Entry to this level three course requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.



This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

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