Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma 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.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
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.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Course Content
The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma 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?
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma 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.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 3: Genes and Health
Through this unit you will be able to recognise the formation of cells and how they take in nutrients and oxygen. You will understand genetics and structures as well as DNA and abnormalities.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma 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.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 5: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
In this unit you will learn transport system of plants, although different to animals, is complex and efficient. How water, nutrient solutes and energy from the sun are harnessed, taken in and transported to where they are needed.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 6: The Wild
You will explore the presentation of structure and functions within plants, in order to cover topics such as transport and the production of energy using chlorophyll within chloroplasts. You will look at various cycles such as the Carbon, Nitrogen and Calvin cycle. Food chains and food webs are also addressed, to show the wider application of nutrients, energy, food and water in the environment and diverse Ecosystems.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 7: Infection, Immunity and Forensics
In this unit, you will look at how pathogens affect and cause illness, disease or how they are used in the production of useful products such as antibiotics, bread, yoghurt and beer. You will look at their structure, how they function, reproduce, attack or have effect, how they are bred. Lastly, you will look at how we use them or protect against their bad/ good effects and how this helps us to understand precisely how and in what way they work.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 8: Infectious Disease
You will review an array of diseases investigated e.g. Influenza, Malaria and HIV/ Aids. The module reviews methods by which humans try (and should try) to prevent infection and how – using the Immune system, immunity and antibodies can be of benefit. You will also look at immunisation and genetic modification.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 9: Energy and Exercise
This unit will explore bones and the skeleton, 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 and its cardiac muscle or the movement of the abdomen, all systems involve a totally different set and form of muscles, which you will investigate in this unit of study. Finally, you will look at what is needed in order to exercise. The organisation of the transport, respiration, hormonal, skeletal and musculature systems, and how they are coordinated is covered in depth.
Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma Unit 10: Grey Matter
In this final unit you will review 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 neurons controlled by the brain and the spinal cord, you will learn and explore how these work in conjunction.
This Accredited Level 3 Biology Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.