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Human Biology Diploma

This Human Biology Diploma offers a broad scientific base, ideal for going on to study specialist courses.

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Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / ODL74

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Course introduction

This course is based on 200 hours of learning with the content divided over 10 modules. It is available online, allowing you access to course materials via our website once you have enrolled.

The content is wide and varied, providing a broad base of knowledge as you would expect from human biology courses. Content includes;

  • Chemistry of life and cells looks at the basic structure and function of cells
  • Gaseous exchange, enzymes, and digestion examines the structure and function of the digestive system
  • Genes, cell cycles, and genetic engineering examines the description and explanation of the genetic code
  • Mammal, bacteria, and viruses examine the structure and function of the cardiac cycle
  • Biotechnology, antibiotics, disease and diagnosis is a brief but interesting overview of the immune system
  • Respiration, photosynthesis, stimulus and response looks at the nervous system
  • Hormones, homoeostasis, muscle and movement examines how the human body regulates the core temperature
  • Genetics, variation, and evolution address the issues of humans being in a dynamic and never-ending evolution
  • Environment is crucial to our survival, this module examines what we need to live and evolve successfully
  • The final module examines the life cycle of humans.

At the end of each module, students are encouraged to complete the module assignment in preparation for the final exam, the method by which this course is assessed.

Like all NCC courses, the course materials are well-written. You can study this course online.

If you like to be challenged, this course is for you. With our brilliant tutor support package, you can successfully complete this course, possibly taking a step towards a new career.

What can I do with a Human Biology Diploma?

Many students use the course as a stepping stone to promotion in their current careers, as well as opening up new and exciting opportunities. For example, online human biology courses are closely linked with other interest courses that are also science-based such as sports nutrition.

Enrol now and start this great course today. 

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

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.

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.The Provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS 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 Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales.

Course modules

Module 1: The Chemistry of Life and Cells
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.

Module 2: Gaseous Exchange, Enzymes and Digestion
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.

Module 3: Genes, Cell Cycles and Genetic Engineering and its Applications
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.

Module 4: The Mammal, Bacteria and Viruses
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.

Module 5: Biotechnology, Antibiotics, Disease and Diagnosis
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.

Module 6: Respiration, Photosynthesis, Stimulus and Response
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.

Module 7: Hormones, Homeostasis, Muscle and Movement
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.

Module 8: Genetics, Variation and Evolution
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.

Module 9: Environment
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.

Module 10: Life Cycle
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.

Learner support

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.

FAQs

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘support@nccresources.co.uk’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing enquiries@ncchomelearning.co.uk or calling 0333 3445 690.

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