It will also be suitable for those who have a personal interest in the subject. Although no prior knowledge is required in order to study this course, a basic knowledge and understanding of l terminology, formulae and processes is assumed.
The course is divided into ten modules, each with an associated assignment. Following completion of all ten modules, students will be required to complete an online examination. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.
The first module looks at the basic structure and function of cells, and explores the chemical processes essential to life. It will cover biological molecules and cell transportation, as well as the underpinning components.
This module forms the basis of subsequent modules and contains the building blocks of biological synthesis.
This module looks at the structure and function of the digestive system, respiratory system and the role of enzymes in vital processes essential to nutrient extraction and assimilation.
Each topic is linked to provide you with a logical overview of how oxygen is exchanged between the atmosphere and the blood, together with how the biochemical processes are initiated in order to maintain equilibrium within the body tissues.
The processes that continually occur within the cells of our body are essential to growth, repair and function. This module examines these processes in detail and presents both description and explanation of the genetic code, gene expression in humans and how variation and mutation occurs within a species. The module links the biological evidence to techniques and concepts of genetic engineering which is relevant to human existence today.
In addition there will be discussion about genetic markers for disease screening and the issues surrounding gene therapy.
In this module we look at the structure and function of the human circulatory system including cardiac cycle and cardiac output. We also examine the composition of blood and the microbiology of viruses and bacteria; also discussing how these are transported around the body.
This is a comprehensive module, spanning many body systems but will provide students with a logical overview of how 'foreign' material enters the body and affects wellbeing.
This module is a logical progression from module 4, and looks at a variety of diseases and conditions for all body systems. It will briefly present a range of symptoms and discuss the possible outcomes of these diseases in relation to each system.
The module also looks at the history, production and application of antibiotics, screening processes and disease differentiation. You will be able to link knowledge from the previous modules to common conditions and this will provide a logical framework for consideration of various biological processes.
The way we react to stimuli is vital to continued successful existence. This module will cover the structure and function of the nervous system and look in detail at how humans respond to various stimuli such as pain, danger etc.
The module also covers photosynthesis in detail and relates this crucial biological process to our own wellbeing and successful development as a species.
This module will explore the way in which the human body maintains a steady internal environment. Included in this will be detailed exploration of the role of hormones in this process and how the external environment can influence these processes.
Incorporated within this module will be the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and how this relates to maintaining homeostasis.
Evolution within any species is dynamic. This module examines human evolution and the impact of genetics on diversity, variation and natural selection processes.
Sex determination will be discussed in some depth and related to different non-genetic influences. In addition, inheritance will be looked at in respect of evolutionary processes and links discussed.
The environment is crucial to human survival. In this module we will examine energy and nutrient flows, as well as looking at ecosystems and their role in human endurance. The module will examine farming methods and food production relevant to human nutritional needs and problems. In addition the module will discuss various trophic levels and the role of other animals and plant life in relation to our own existence.
This module will bring together the underlying concepts of human survival and health related to planetary wellbeing and changes.
In this final module reproduction, growth and development will be looked at in some detail. Exploration of different ages of human beings will include looking at relevant processes such as language acquisition, child development stages and what happens to us in old age.
Pregnancy and birth will be covered and related to different essentials of life such as healthy diet, wellbeing and how these things are linked to cognitive and physical development.
Previous Knowledge Required
No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.
12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.
Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.
This Level 3 Human Biology Diploma is Quality Assured by OLQA. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College. The qualification does not carry UCAS points but is recognised by employers and some universities as a level 3 qualification. For entry into university students will need to check the relevant university’s entry requirements to see if they will accept a Level 3 Diploma in place of A Levels / UCAS points.