A-Level Biology

A-Level Biology is the study of life, from the complexities of the human body to much simpler protozoa. An essential choice if you plan to go on to study medicine, nursing or physiotherapy, or similar. In this course, you will learn about genes and health, biodiversity, forensics and more.

A-Level Biology will boost your knowledge and develop your critical awareness of social and environmental issues and an understanding and respect for living things. You will develop your analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills as well as improve your ability to plan and manipulate data. During your studies, you’ll develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other. A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing and forensic science.

A-level biology is a fantastic subject to have, offering you access to a huge variety of fields in both university courses and careers. This home study course follows the new linear A-Level syllabus.

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

  • 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)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, 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 develop your critical awareness of social and environmental issues and an understanding 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)

Proactive tutors

We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

Awarding body: Edexcel
Our course ref: A010
Qualification code: 9BN0

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

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

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment however, it’s really up to you, as a guide, an A-level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. Many students allow 18-24 months to complete an A-level, but some complete the course within a year.

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.


Official exams

You will be required to complete the three standard written exams:

  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete the following:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 9 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 gauge your progress as you work through the course.

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 Edexcel (9BNO). 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. Edexcel is part of the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.

Additional Information
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
Section 1
Lifestyle, health and risk
  • What is cardiovascular disease?
  • Who is at risk of cardiovascular disease?
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • Biochemistry involved in cardiovascular disease
  • Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

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. Costs vary between test centres and please be aware that we can organise a local exam centre for you or you can choose your own.

Additional texts may 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.

Yes. There is one additional fee of £355 (excluding practical) or £1,250 (including practical), which covers the costs of all exams for this subject. 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.

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.

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