Diploma in Botany


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Diploma in Botany

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A botanist specialises and has an interest in plant biology. This course in Botany is aimed at providing a detailed introduction to the subject, the world of plants, fungi and algae and how it affects our daily life and its potential for the future. Throughout the course reference is made to human-plant interactions so that we are reminded of the relevance of botany in today's technical world. Historically Botany arose out of the need feed and herbalism to identify useful, medical and poisonous plants, and many gardens were found attached first to monasteries and later to universities for research. Today the most powerful microscopes and techniques in the sciences such as cell Biology and Biochemistry have allowed the most detailed investigations of plants and plant cells.


Course content

Module 1: Introduction to Botany

Plant life makes up 98% of the earth’s biomass (the dry weight of all living organisms). Plants (with a few other organisms) have the exclusive capacity to sustain life by producing oxygen using the sun’s energy by converting carbon dioxide and water. Botany has many different branches and so its scientific status and the various divisions associated with botany is explored. The second part of the module commences by defining the properties of life, before moving onto examining how life began on Earth millions of years ago. The basic building blocks of life, the cell, including structure and function of cell components unique to plants cells e.g. the chloroplasts that contain thylakoids where photosynthesis occurs will then be discussed.


Module 2: Vegetative anatomy

A detailed examination of the anatomy of the various tissues and structures found in plants is performed. Plants are basically divided into three organs, roots, stems and leaves. A fourth organ, flowers is found in a subdivision of plants. All organs consist of tissues, so overview of meristematic tissues, which has permanently growing regions, is conducted, e.g. there are trees thousands of years old. Specific topics covered include development, structure and specializations with the roots and the stem. The structure, types, arrangement, specialization and seasonal loss of leaves is discussed, e.g. rolled leaves that reduce water loss or insect-trapping leaves.


Module 3: Plant physiology part 1: Metabolism

If plants produce food and oxygen, using energy for all living things, how do plants maintain life and obtain nutrients? The main processes involved with the movement of water e.g. up a narrow tube to travel up and down the stem, light, nutrients and particles around an organism is explored. The processes of osmosis, diffusion and transpiration will be examined. Humans get many products, apart from food, from plants such as cigarettes, rubber, thatch, medicines, and these are discussed. The second section deals with enzymes and energy transfer, including photosynthesis and respiration which concern the main movement of gases in and out of plants.


Module 4: Plant physiology Part 2: Reproduction and growth

In 1893, the US Supreme courts rules that tomatoes are legally a vegetable simply because it was used as a salad vegetable. However, Botany considers all fruits, including a tomato, as being an ovary, matured with its accessory parts. Many smaller plants do not have flowers, and the way they reproduce and spread their seeds is covered. We begin by looking at the life of a plant, right from the seed up to maturity. The large range of strategies used by plants to ensure reproductive success is summarised, including a discussion of flowers, dispersal of fruits and seeds, e.g. a coconut, apricot, cereals, nuts or a berry. The development of a plant from a seed/spore is then examined, including discussions of cell division, plant hormones, plant movements, adaptations e.g. for seed dispersal, photoperiodism (seasonal variations), and the link between temperature and growth.


Module 5: Genetics, evolution and classification

Life began with a simple cell, how then have they developed and evolved to form the rich diversity that exists today? The focus of this section is on the processes by which individual plant species change and are changing so that new species continue to develop. The history, methods of research and discoveries e.g. those of Lamark, Mendel and Darwin are explored. Plant genetics on a micro, individual cell level (meiosis) is discussed and the implication of these activities through time by examining the processes of evolution is considered. The current system of classifying plants is discussed.


Module 6: Diversity; Part 1. Plant like organisms

There are some organisms that are difficult to classify as plants or animals, but are studied under Botany and this topic area of Diversity is split up across three modules. The first section covers of a fairly odd collection of life forms, a brief review of bacteria and viruses will be followed by a more in depth examination of algae, slime moulds, Fungi and lichens. The numbers and diversity of each is so enormous, that we are at the present time unaware of each and every type. Also those we do know are constantly developing and changing.


Module 7: Diversity; Part 2. Simple green plants

This unit examines the most 'primitive' of those organisms commonly considered as simple green plants. Liverworts and mosses are plants with no vascular systems, and ferns are considered to be the most primitive vascular plants. These plants developed early on in the earth’s life (pre-Cambrian) and it is thought that all modern organisms arose from these basic-type of organisms. Structure, reproduction, evolution and classification of these 'primitive' plants are examined, as well as their current importance to humans.


Module 8: Diversity; Part 3. Seed plants (Gymnosperms) and flowering plants (Angiosperms)

The non-flowering seed vegetation are discussed in terms of their evolutionary position and when they first appeared within the plant world. Their structure, life cycle and classification is explored. How seeds differ to spores, the reproductive vessel of earlier organisms is discussed. The differences between gymnosperms (translated as ‘the naked seed’ or seeds not enclosed in a fruit) and angiosperms (‘seed in vessel’), the flowering plants which are the most widespread group of land plants is examined. They are considered in depth by looking a few key examples by studying their evolution, life cycles (including animal pollination) and classification of the flowering plants.


Module 9: Ecology and Phytopathology

This module in the diploma is in two parts, ecology and phytopathology. Ecology is defined as the relationships of living organisms to their organic and inorganic environment. Producer, consumer and decomposer relationships (food chains and pyramids) and how the flow of energy and chemicals within the biosphere is investigated to show the distribution of organisms. This is linked to the morphology and physiology of plants in the way they survive, grow and reproduce. The second topic is a brief overview of phytopathology defined as plant diseases. It can be categorized into two main divisions, infectious organisms and physiological disorders. The impact of plant diseases and their management affects humans greatly and gravely, so the study of critical issues such as pathogens, life-cycle and the environment where their flourish is covered.


Module 10: Ethnobotany

The scientific study of botany arose out of the needs, relationship and usefulness of plants, herbs and their products to humans, and this is referred to as Ethnobotany. This is the complete study of relationships between (uses of) plants and cultures. A brief history of Ethnobotany is given. The focal point is how plants have been or are used, managed and perceived in human societies and includes plants used for food, medicine, divination, cosmetics, dyeing, textiles, for building, tools, currency, clothing, rituals social life and scientific study. How this has changed in modern times, Biodiversity, plant domestication, cultivation and conservation is explored.

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 Botany

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.

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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).

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Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 2 student reviews

I would recommend the Botany diploma. The course material is quite advanced, at least A level standard. Some of the modules go into great detail and cover material at undergraduate level. This would be a perfect introduction to anyone wanting to study Biology or Plant Science at undergraduate level. I have studied it alongside Environmental Science and I am about to start a degree in Biological Conservation.

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Having never done a course like this before I initially felt quite apprehensive but once I begun to focus on the subject and worked through the notes I felt more at ease. Completing the TMAs and receiving feedback certainly helped as I felt I was on the right track. The course was thoroughly enjoyable and at the right level for what I require at this stage. Having completed the course it will certainly help me in my work, I will be looking at plants and the environment in a different way from now on. The course content covered a wide range of topics that encompass Botany and I have learnt a great deal from the subject as a whole and I hope to continue to learn more about some of the subjects covered.

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