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A-Level Biology

Course Code: BA352

Course Overview

This new A-Level Biology course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident studying for a qualification you can trust.

On this course, you'll study the following topics: 

  • Human and cellular biology
  • DNA and biodiversity
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Cells and organisms
  • Practical and investigative skills in Biology

Studying A-Levels with Open Study College lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared. You set the pace of your studies, fitting learning around your busy lifestyle with no strict deadlines or timetabling to contend with.

Simply receive your course materials by post or email and start studying to gain that all-important A-Level – your route to academic success!

Special discount - Enrol on 2 A-levels and get the third at a discount.

  • Enrol on 2 A-levels, get the third for £200
  • Offer applies to selected A-Levels only

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Biological molecules
    • Monomers and polymers
    • Carbohydrates
    • Lipids
    • Proteins
    • Many proteins are enzymes
    • Nucleic acids are important information-carrying molecules
    • ATP
    • Water
    • Inorganic ions
    Unit 2: Cells
    • Cell structure
    • All cells arise from other cells
    • Transport across cell membranes
    • Cell recognition and the immune system
    Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
    • Surface area to volume ratio
    • Gas exchange
    • Digestion and absorption
    • Mass transport
    Unit 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
  • Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
    • Photosynthesis
    • Respiration
    • Energy and ecosystems
    • Nutrient cycles
    Unit 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
    • Stimuli, both internal and external
    • Nervous coordination
    • Skeletal muscles
    • Homeostasis
    Unit 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
    • Inheritance
    • Populations
    • Evolution may lead to speciation
    • Populations in ecosystems
    Unit 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

Other Information

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed across eight units in total. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

    Paper 1:
    35% of the total A-level marks
    91 marks
    76 marks: Assessed by a mixture of short and long answer questions
    15 marks: Assessed by extended response questions
    Assessing knowledge across units 1-4 including practical skills
    2 hour examination paper

    Paper 2:
    35% of the total A-level marks
    91 marks
    76 marks: Assessed by a mixture of short and long answer questions
    15 marks: Assessed by extended response questions
    Assessing knowledge across units 5-8 including practical skills
    2 hour examination paper

    Paper 3:
    30% of the total A-level marks
    78 marks
    38 marks: Assessed by structured questions, including practical techniques
    15 marks: Assessed by critical analysis of given experimental data
    25 marks: Assessed by one essay from a choice of two titles
    Assessing knowledge across units 1-8 including practical skills
    2 hour examination paper

    Course Duration

    You will have 2 years to complete the full A-Level. This is a lot more time than you need, so that you can study at your own pace.

  • 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 Outcomes

    This course prepares students for A-Level Biology for examination in 2017 and later years. Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A-Level in Biology.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

Students will need a minimum of GCSE grade C or above in Biology. Students should also be familiar with the following:

  • Arithmetic and computation
  • Handling data
  • Algebra
  • Graphs
  • Geometry
Is this the same as an A-Level from a School or College?

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

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

We recommend you purchase the following text-book to help you with your studies but it is not essential:

  • A2 Biology for AQA, Glenn Toole and Susan Toole, Publisher: Nelson Thornes (ISBN: 978-0748798131)
Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A-Level examinations and internal assessments in order to fully complete this course, but arranging them is simple. The examinations run on specific dates which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself, and Open Study College can provide you with a list of examination centres for you. The costs of the examination can vary depending on which examination centre you choose.

Students will also need to find a centre for the practical elements of this course. We have an arrangement with a centre in Birmingham which will allow students to take practical and theoretical exams, 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. For further information on the Birmingham centre, please click here

Are there any additional costs?

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling.  

You may also wish to purchase textbooks to supplement the course, but this is entirely optional.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A-Level course. You will, however, be required to take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only reliable way to access examination centres.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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