A-Level Biology

Our course code: X910

Course fee: £695 or from £52 per month

Enrol on this course

A-Level Biology is the study of all life, covering everything from the production of cells to the function of an ecosystem and how it’s all connected by the energy that underpins life itself. Think you know all about DNA and the theory of evolution? Think again! On this course, you’ll delve deep into the mechanisms of cells before understanding how it all connects to create the great diversity we have on Earth today.

Distance learning A-Level Biology is an ideal choice if you want the freedom to study in your own time and you plan to go to university to study science, medicine, physiotherapy, or similar. You’ll develop strong analytical and evaluative skills as you interpret, manipulate, and present data. Enrol on our A-Level Biology course today to boost your core understanding of all living things. This course is perfect for those wanting a career in healthcare, but also research roles and social, environmental, and forensic science sectors.

This home study course follows the new AQA A-Level Biology syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final A-Level examinations in the UK.

With this A-Level Biology course, you will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Coursework administration and 5-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support- we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

A-Level Biology will boost your knowledge and critical awareness of social and environmental issues, giving you an understanding of and respect for living things.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X910
  • Qualification code: 7402
  • Official Qualification Title: A-Level Biology

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 28/09/20. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts.

You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.

Assessment

Official exams

You’ll be required to complete two AS standard written exams and three A-Level standard written exams.

AS Exams

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS, 75 marks.
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS, 75 marks.

A-Level Exams

  • Paper 1: 2 hours, 35% of A-Level, 91 marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours, 35% of A-Level, 91 marks.
  • Paper 3: 2 hours, 30% of A-Level, 78 marks.

These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

Assignments

During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress.

Optional Practical Endorsement

For some university courses, like biology, you will need to demonstrate practical skills as well as knowledge. In addition to the A-level, you can gain a practical endorsement to show this. This practical endorsement does not form part of the full A-level, but is an additional grade that you can achieve. We are able to provide you with access to the practical endorsement aspect of this course. If you feel that this applies to you, please contact us for further information.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Biology, issued by AQA (7402). This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college, or university. AQA is part of the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - A-Level Biology

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - A GCSE or equivalent in Biology (minimum grade 5-6 – the equivalent to a grade B) and Chemistry (minimum grade 4 – the equivalent to a grade C) or Double or Triple Science (minimum grade 5-6 – the equivalent to a grade B) and Maths (minimum grade 4 – the equivalent to grade C) is strongly recommended for this course.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: Biological molecules 

This module will explore how the cells of all living things share some of the same compounds, such as carbohydrates, enzymes, proteins, and even water! You’ll learn about how different biological molecules interact and what roles they have in maintaining life.

2: Cells 

All life on Earth exists as cells and they all have basic features in common, such as how they arise, what they’re made of, and how they communicate between cells. In this section, you’ll learn how the interaction between different types of cells are involved in disease, recovery from disease, and the immune system’s response.

3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment 

In this section, you’ll discover how the internal environment of an organism’s cell is different from its external environment! You’ll learn about how the exchange of substances takes place across cell plasma membranes, and how some cells carry substances across the body or within their environment.

4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms 

In this module, you’ll develop knowledge about biological diversity as a result of genetic factors, environmental factors, or a combination of both. You’ll learn about DNA sequences and how they carry genetic information to create variation between organisms. You’ll then explore what influences genetic diversity, such as natural selection.

5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

Life depends on continuous transfers of energy. To understand how that works, this module will teach you all about the process of both respiration and photosynthesis. You’ll also explore where these processes occur in different organisms, including plants and animals, bacteria and fungi.

6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

In this section, you’ll learn about how organisms respond to a stimulus, that is detected by a receptor, and responded to with an effector! These responses to stimulus include electrical impulses through nerve cells and the release of chemical messengers.

7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

The theory of evolution explains how all new species arise from an existing species and shares common ancestors. This module will teach you how genetic variation occurs between species and populations due to both genetic and environmental factors, such as natural selection.

8: The control of gene expression

Even though cells within an organism carry genetic code, not all of it is translated. There are many factors that control the expression of genes, including external, environmental factors. In this last module, you’ll discover how we are learning to alter this gene expression for medical purposes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. Yes, there is a set text that will come free with the course as e-books: (1) Salters-Nuffield AS/A level Biology Student Book 1, University of York Science Education Group, Pearson Education 2015. (2) Salters-Nuffield A level Biology Student Book 2, University of York Science Education Group, Pearson Education 2015. Additional texts you will be required to read include: Maths Skills for A Level Biology, J Penny, Oxford University Press 2013.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.