1Course Overview

A Level Biology inc Exams

Course code: OSC1297

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  • Official AQA Biology A Level
  • Full course materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam fees included - we'll book your exams for you when you're ready!

Study A Level Biology from the comfort of your own home - without the stress of booking exams!

As well as your A Level course materials and tutor support, this course includes the exam fees needed to successfully gain your A Level Biology qualification and those all-important UCAS points.

Our A Level courses are always updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content. 

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with
  • Develop both the theoretical and practical knowledge of biology

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared.

When you are ready, we will book the exams for you so you can focus on your studies - a convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

Find out how A Level student, Christian, has found studying his A Level with us

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2Course Content

Specification code: 7402

Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Monomers and polymers
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Many proteins are enzymes
  • Nucleic acids are important information-carrying molecules
  • ATP
  • Water
  • Inorganic ions
Topic 2: Cells
  • Cell structure
  • All cells arise from other cells
  • Transport across cell membranes
  • Cell recognition and the immune system
Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Surface area to volume ratio
  • Gas exchange
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Mass transport
Topic 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • DNA, genes and chromosomes
  • DNA and protein synthesis
  • Mutation
  • Genetic diversity and adaptation
  • Species and taxonomy
  • Biodiversity within a community
  • Investigating diversity
Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Energy and ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycles
Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Stimuli, both internal and external
  • Nervous coordination
  • Skeletal muscles
  • Homeostasis
Topic 7: Genetics, population, evolution and ecosystems
  • Inheritance
  • Populations
  • Evolution may lead to speciation
  • Populations in ecosystems
Topic 8: The control of gene expression
  • DNA and the structure of proteins
  • Gene expression
  • Using genome projects
  • Gene technologies
  • Organism function
  • Design of new industrial and medical processes
3Other Information
Exams and Assessment

To receive the full Biology A Level, you must take the A Level exams and undergo a practical assessment of 12 practical skills. A more detailed breakdown of the exams details is provided below:

  • Paper 1:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 91
  • Assessed: Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: Short and long answer questions (76 marks) and Extended response questions (15 marks)

 

  • Paper 2:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 91
  • Assessed: Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: Short and long answer questions (76 marks) and extended response questions (15 marks)

 

  • Paper 3:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 30% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 78
  • Assessed: Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: Structured questions, including practical techniques (38 marks), critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks) and one essay from a choice of two titles (25 marks)
Practical Assessment

To receive the full Biology A Level, you must also undergo a practical assessment of 12 practical skills.
It is possible for students to receive an A Level Biology qualification without completing the practical assessment, although your certificate will state you have not done so. 

To include practical assessments see our A Level Biology inc Exams and Practical

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete the full A Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which you will be able to take in May/June 2019 at the earliest.

The examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available. 

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Biology by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email, you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A Level in Biology. These subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work.

It is possible for students to receive an A Level Biology qualification without completing the practical assessment, although your certificate will state you have not done so and it may harm your chances of securing a place at university or getting a job. On your written examinations, 15% of marks rely on having some knowledge of these practical skills. Therefore we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You will need a minimum of GCSE grade C or above in Biology. You are also required to have a grade C or above in the higher tier Mathematics GCSE as up to 10% of the marks awarded in this course will be related to mathematical principles.

 In addition to this, you should also be familiar with the following:

  • Arithmetic and computation
  • Handling data
  • Algebra
  • Graphs
  • Geometry
What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Full course materials
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Examination fees
  • Free CV writing service
  • Free TOTUM student discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • *Comprehensive student guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College pen with highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

There is no required reading for this A Level. However you will need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course; we will book these exams for you. 

Please note: you will need to sit these exams in the Birmingham examination centre. 

If you wish to sit the practical elements of this course, students will also need to find a centre to attend. We have an arrangement with centres in Birmingham but you may wish to find a local centre of your own choice. Students will need to contact their chosen centre directly to arrange these assessments. 

It is possible for students to receive an A Level Biology qualification without completing the practical assessment, although your certificate will state you have not done so and it may harm your chances of securing a place at university or getting a job. On your written examinations, 15% of marks rely on having some knowledge of these practical skills. Therefore we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments.

Are there any additional costs?

This particular course only includes the exam fees, you will need to pay an additional fee to complete your practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling. We also offer the course with exams and practical fees included.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK at the Birmingham examination centre, as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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