A-level Biology

Biology is one of the most fascinating scientific disciplines, giving you in-depth insight into the inner workings of the world.

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Overview

Fancy becoming a forensics expert, examining the crime scene, looking for vital evidence? Perhaps you'd love to play a role in tackling climate change and avoiding environmental catastrophe. If so, one subject will be instrumental to your success: biology.

Through the varied and engaging online learning materials of this A-level Biology course, you'll study life itself, from microscopic organisms to entire food chains and ecosystems. You'll delve into the structure of plant and animal cells in minute detail, explore evolution and natural selection, investigate the ground-breaking science of gene therapy and much more.

What you'll learn

Unit 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 their roles in maintaining life.

Unit 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 of your biology A-level course, you’ll learn how the interaction between different types of cells is involved in disease, recovery from disease and the immune system’s response.

Unit 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.

Unit 4 - Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms 

In this module of A-level Biology, 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 6 - Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

In this section of your online A-level Biology course, 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.

Unit 7 - Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

The theory of evolution explains how all-new species arise from an existing species and share 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.

Unit 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 and 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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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 GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses.

Recognised through UCAS

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully passing your exams, you will receive an A-level in Biology (7402), issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to those issued to students at any other school, college, or university.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that learners who enrol on this course have a GCSE or equivalent in Biology (minimum grade 5-6 / grade B) and chemistry (minimum grade 4 / grade C) OR Double or Triple Science (minimum grade 5-6 / grade B) and Maths (minimum grade 4 / grade C). This course is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for A-level Biology examinations for Summer 2024.

You'll be required to complete three standard A-level Biology written 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.

FAQs

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Can you provide a reference for my UCAS application?

Oxbridge is able to provide an academic reference for you however, we cannot provide a personal reference as this needs to be someone who knows you personally.

Can I get predicted grades for my UCAS application?

Absolutely! We can process a predicted grade for you once you have completed a total of four assignments – this can be sent over to you via email or letter which can then be passed on to UCAS for your application.

Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

Can I study this AQA A-level course if I do not live in England?

Yes! All of our learning is online, however, you will need to sit your exams in England. Find out more about exams.

What can I do with my A-levels?

A-levels are a universal way to demonstrate academic competency in a multitude of disciplines. A-levels are subject-based qualifications that lead to either university, further study, training, or work. A-levels serve as a standardised way to demonstrate your academic ability and are very common entry requirements to most higher-level courses.

Why study an online A-level course from home?

A-levels can be studied from home with Oxbridge, using our online platform. On average we find that students receive 20% higher grades and pass around 30% more quickly than in a traditional college.

How many UCAS points is an A-level course?

A-levels are the most common way to access university in the UK. The system in which this is done is called UCAS. This stands for: “the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service”. See the A-level UCAS tariff points breakdown below:

  • A* – 56
  • A – 48
  • B – 40
  • C – 32
  • D – 24
  • E – 16
What A-Level courses should I take?

If you’re planning on going on to a degree, your chosen university will usually publish their entry requirements for each course on their website. See how these subjects feel and decide if you would enjoy them as they will form much of the base knowledge for your degree.

If you’re not entirely sure what to study, there are some standard subjects that many students choose to help them secure a place at a prestigious university, such as one of the Russell Group universities. These courses are known as the ‘facilitating courses’ and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

Generally speaking, taking two facilitating subjects will allow you to keep your progression options open. For further help and guidance, we have written a detailed guide on How to Choose A-Levels.

How long does it take to study an A-level?

It’s possible to study an A-level course both full-time and part-time. Normally students would study for two years, but with Oxbridge, you can also fast-track your course to complete it in one year.

What are A-Levels?

A-levels (also known as Advanced level qualifications) entail in-depth study of a chosen subject in order to open doors to further study including University, training, and work.

A-levels courses tend to focus on specific academic subjects such as Mathematics, English and the Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course material and the exams you take will be the same everywhere.

What skills will I develop with this AQA A-level Biology course?

In addition to the fascinating elements of life that you will learn, you will also develop strong analytical and evaluative skills as you interpret, manipulate and present data.

Who should study A-level Biology?

This online course is perfect for those wanting a career in healthcare, scientific research, or the social, environmental and forensic science sectors. Studying AQA’s A-level Biology course online through our fun and engaging online platform also gives you the freedom to study in your own time and space, making it ideal for those with a busy lifestyle.

How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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