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A-Level Biology

Course Code: BA352

Course Overview

Study A-Level Biology from home – your route to academic success!

This new A-Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you gain 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. 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.

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
Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Specification code: 7401 and 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

Other Information

  • Assessment

    To achieve the full Biology A-Level you will be assessed across the eight units and practical assessment. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment 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 separate endorsement of 12 practical skills.

    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.

  • 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

    Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an A-Level in Biology (AS/A2) issued by AQA. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the best suited to distance learning.

course questions & answers

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. 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
  • 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?

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 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. 

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 as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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