Our Biology course is offered in preparation for a full A-level qualification. It provides the basis for a well-rounded understanding of the latest theory of biological science, from the micro to the macro level.
The first half of this course covers the fundamental aspects of biology, including cells, viruses and reproduction; biological molecules, classification and biodiversity, and exchange and transport.
In the remainder of the course, you’ll also learn about microbiology and pathogens, modern genetics, ecosystems, energy for biological processes, origins of genetic variation and control systems.
Together, these modules will help to develop a knowledge of how biological processes work, deepening your understanding of topics like medicine and disease, evolution and natural selection, habitats and the environment.
The course includes more than 20 tutor-marked assignments, alongside bespoke A-level practice papers.
Year 1 Biology SOW & Year 2 Biology SOW – this is a detailed breakdown of how the year will be structured. Please refer back to this for a general guidance regarding the course, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Why this course?
- You will have full access to this course to study at your own pace 24 hours 7 days a week
- You will have a teacher for approximately 3 hours every week to teach you the course
- Course assignments marked, with feedback
- Written answers to specific study problems
- Course structure to help you structure a full week of studying
- Formative assessments containing end of topic quizzes and Tutor-Marked Assignments
- Academic Adviser to oversee your course and offer you general guidance
How much does it cost?
How do I apply?
Enrol online, or contact us.
You are expected to have a knowledge of biology up to a good GCSE standard.
This means a grade B or above in 2017 and earlier or Grade 5 and above in 2018 or later. In either case, it is expected that the student took the higher tier.
If you have other relevant qualifications or experience which you feel would allow you to study an A-level biology course, please contact us.
Examining board and exams
The Biology A-level course has been developed to prepare you for the AQA Biology A-level qualification. The specification number is:
A-level – 7402
The A-level will be assessed as follows:
|Paper 1||Paper 2||Paper 3|
|Topics 1-4||Topics 5-8||Topics 1-8|
|Relevant practical skills||Relevant practical skills||Relevant practical skills|
|35% of final grade||35% of final grade||30% of final grade|
|2 hours long||2 hours long||2 hours long|
Please note that the AS course may be separately examined and marks from the AS exam are no longer carried forward to the final A level grade. However, it is useful for students to have examination practice, and to assess the progress of their learning and ability.
Check here for details on how this course will be assessed.
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
The control of gene expression (A-level only)
- Alteration of the sequence of bases in DNA can alter the structure of proteins
- Gene expression is controlled by a number of features
- Using genome projects
- Gene technologies allow the study and alteration of gene function allowing a better understanding of organism function and the design of new industrial and medical processes