Diploma in Biology


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Diploma in Biology

Why Oxford Learning College


This course is useful for students who 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, what caused this to happen and how life developed to how we know it today is studied. Throughout the course, Biological knowledge will be reinforced through activities and practical experiments which students can try out at home.


Course Content

The course contains the following modules:


Module One - Lifestyle, Health and Risk Part 1

The course starts with the basic building blocks of 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? How simple molecules react, combine into structures and complex substances such as amino acids which then build the very many different proteins, each having their particular characteristic and use, e.g. enzymes and the muscle that helps animals move.


Module Two - Lifestyle, Health and Risk Part 2


The usefulness of the more complex molecules, e.g. to our diet is looked at following on from module 1. We start by looking 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. We study transport e.g. of food and oxygen, and how the heart regulates the flow throughout the body. What happens if our diet and life-style is unhealthy, the illness, disorders and diseases that occur as a result are examined. The module ends with to collect and analyse data, statistics and demonstrating their application and purpose to Biology.


Module Three - Genes and Health

Once cells are formed what processes do they use to take in food and oxygen, and rid waste? How did cells differentiate and form complex organelles, and how do these then functions within the body to provide humans with life processes such as breathing, transport and homeostasis. Are the processes within simple celled organisms and the organs within our body or that of other animals like fish which have gills rather than lungs similar or vastly different? How cells differentiate, the role of enzymes, cell division and reproduction is addressed by looking at DNA and genetic codes, and advances in recognising gene abnormalities.


Module Four - The Voice of the Genome

The fourth module continues with the 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. The study of plant and human reproductive organs continues this theme as they position the different forms of cellular reproduction in the formation of egg (ovum) and sperm/ male cells. Evolution of genetics is also covered to show various related discoveries and theories.


Module Five - Biodiversity and Natural Resources

The 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. Plants and other organisms developed and were selected over others is theorised by Darwin’s natural selection, and this is discussed leading to how we use plants both as food and in medicinal treatment. The final topic that ends this module teaches about how to group and classify.


Module Six - The Wild


The 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. Problems of pollutants, harmful gases and the impact of humans to climate change and global warming, the future of these with regard to sustainability and their impact on Earth completes this topic.

Module Seven - Infection, Immunity and Forensics

Several pathogens affecting and causing 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. In order to study Microbes, Bacteria and Virus, they needed to be investigated and researched, so how to do this both in the laboratory or at home is shown.


Module Eight - Infectious Disease

Diseases are caused by infectious (e.g. the common cold, TB and HIV/AIDs), genetic (e.g. muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and haemophilia), dietary-deficiency (e.g. scurvy and rickets), environmental (e.g. those caused by non-living factors in the environment such as Asbestosis, CJD, Skin cancer) and ageing diseases (e.g. Dementia, eye cataracts and arthritis) diseases. The focus here will be on infectious diseases, and we look at what causes them, symptoms, their spread and how the diseases can be controlled. 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. How DNA and genes research is conducted and the importance of the findings in understanding disease prevention, finding cures and even manipulating genetic material to produce medicines, disease-resistant crops and treatments is studied. The topic concludes by looking at the changes in mammalian death and decomposition, often involving various microbes, and how the signs of each stage involved in death is useful in studies such as forensic science and entomology.


Module Nine - Energy and Exercise

Anatomy of 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. Issues such as how to get maximum energy to enhance performance, the use of drugs and chemicals is addressed. The final section covers the various systems and how they are controlled by the brain and endocrine system. This occurs through and the investigation of homeostasis, the regulation of the internal conditions in the body through an equilibrium involving feedback controls using senses, hormones and body systems reacting to external stimuli/ conditions.


Module Ten - Grey Matter

The final module 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. How single nerves work and how messages are passed from one point to the central coordinating centres like the brain is discussed. Different drugs work and affect the functioning of the nervous system, so each drug, how it works and its impact is studied. The organs involved in our senses and how they respond to the external environment, and how they connect to the nervous and endocrine system is studied. The history and theory of evolution, natural selection leads to the way the wider external environment containing virus, plant and animal kingdom are grouped and classified. Where do humans fit into this environment, is the way they are nurtured stronger than where they are positioned, and how can this be studied and assessed? The course ends with a brief discussion of the impact of nature versus nurture on human development.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Biology

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 1 student reviews

it is a really good course i enjoyed it, one thing i found a bit confusing is extra topics .overall i recommend it.

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