A-Level Biology

£449.00£479.00

Biology is an interesting subject, and can provide a great route into a number fields as diverse as medicine or medical science, animal care, veterinary studies or even horticulture. This qualification can give a boost to your CV and helps to provide a pathway into higher education.

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Description

A-Level Biology

  • Course code: OSC1152
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 24 Months
  • AQA Specification code: 7401 and 7402
  • Exam Fees are not included

Entry requirements:

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

Additional Costs:

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments. Please conduct further research into this before enrolling.

Course Content
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
Qualification Information

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)

Upon successful completion of the exams 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.

Practical Assessment: To receive the full Biology A-Level you must also undergo a separate endorsement 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 and it can seriously harm your chances of securing a place at university or getting a job. On your written exams 15% of marks rely on having some knowledge of these practical skills. Therefore we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments and written exams.

 

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).

Exams are taken at a registered exam centre, an extensive list of centres will be provided.

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.

Course Length Information
  • Please note: The last exams for this course are in June 2018.
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Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss