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Basic Biology Diploma

Basic Biology Diploma

Elearn College


£29 inc VAT
Study method
6 months · Self-paced
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5 years
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free

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Biology is the study of living things. It encompasses the cellular basis of living things, the energy metabolism that underlies the activities of life, and the genetic basis for inheritance in organisms. Biology also includes the study of evolutionary relationships among organisms and the diversity of life on Earth. It considers the biology of microorganisms, plants, and animals, for example, and it brings together the structural and functional relationships that underlie their day-to-day activities. Biology draws on the sciences of chemistry and physics for its foundations and applies the laws of these disciplines to living things.

Many subdisciplines and special areas of biology exist, which can be conveniently divided into practical and theoretical categories. Types of practical biologyinclude plant breeding, wildlife management, medical science, and crop production. Theoretical biology encompasses such disciplines as physiology (the study of the function of living things), biochemistry(the study of the chemistry of organisms), taxonomy (classification), ecology (the study of populations and their interactions with each other and their environments), and microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms).

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Biology is the study of life. As humans are living things, we have a natural sense of curiosity and affection towards life and how it has come to be.

The study of biology incorporates everything imaginable related to life on Earth. It can be very broad and focus on details regarding the entire planet or it may be very specific and study microscopic structures such as Bacteria or DNA.

Studying living things, called organisms, takes us all around the world, from the most productive tropical rain forests to the hostile lands of Antarctica or the deepest oceanic basins.

Although our knowledge of the world around us is constantly changing, there are a few basic principles of biology that should hopefully remain useful for many years to come. The most biological study is built on the foundations of five universally recognized truths. These are:

  1. Cells are the basic unit of life.

  2. Genes are the basic units for passing traits from parent to offspring.

  3. Evolution by natural selection is the process that has led to the great diversity of species on Earth.

  4. Living things maintain the environment within their cells and bodies.

  5. Living things have the ability to acquire and transform energy.

As you can imagine and may very well know, biology is a massive field of study. It is constantly developing as biologists around the world are completing research and taking our understanding of life to new levels.

Everyday new information is published in different fields of biology and it is near on impossible for one person to keep up-to-date with every topic related to biology. However, everyone has to start somewhere and studying biology can enlighten your understanding of the world around you.

The Basic Biology Diploma Course by Elearn College comprises e-Learning modules and interactive quizzes that have been professionally prepared and can be accessed by the learners at all hours of the day on all days of the week, all throughout the year (24/7 for 365 days).

Who is this course for?

Suitable for anyone who is interested in Biology and also for anyone who want to gain an in-depth understanding of all living organisms in our planet


There are No entry requirements. No background training or qualifications are required. Anyone can enrol at any time, beginners, intermediates and experienced all year round.

Career path

Higher Education Lecturer

  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • A level and GCSE

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