A-Level Biology


This A-Level Biology course is written to encompass the studies of life at its most diverse levels. This course is essential if you are considering developing a career path into medicine, nursing or physiotherapy among other science-led roles.

Our A-Level Biology course will teach you about biodiversity, forensics, genetics and health among other core science based topic areas.

SKU: X910 Categories: ,

250 – 300 Study Hours

Level 3 Difficulty

56 UCAS Points

AQA Exam

Course Overview

All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2024 and beyond.
You will be required to complete the three standard written exams.

Official 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.

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.

During your course, you’ll be required to complete a number of 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.

Course Content

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 what roles they have in maintaining life.
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, you’ll learn how the interaction between different types of cells are involved in disease, recovery from disease, and the immune system’s response.
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.
In this module, 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.
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.
In this section, 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.
The theory of evolution explains how all new species arise from an existing species and shares 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.
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, environmental factors. In this last module, you’ll discover how we are learning to alter this gene expression for medical purposes.
  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X910
  • Qualification code: 7402

The 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 GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Entry Requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have the following 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).

Why Distance Learning?

If your Sixth Form doesn’t offer the courses you want – Study an A-Level through distance learning. You will sit the same exams and get the same A-Levels as you would in school, but are able to study at a time and place to suit you.

Plus, the results and transcript you’ll get will be exactly the same as if you’d studied in school, and your A Levels will be respected by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. There will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking. 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.
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. Additional texts may also 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.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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