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Biology is an introduction to the way life on our planet works. It’s an essential for those planning to pursue a career in medicine, work with animals or in the marine environment. This qualification opens doors to higher education, and is lasting proof on your CV of this level of intensive learning.

A Level Biology

Course code: 7402

Delivery method: Online and Paper Based

Course duration: 24 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: AQA A Level Biology

Awarding body: AQA

The first time the full A Level exams can be taken is June 2017, the AS exams can be taken from June 2016. 

During this A Level Biology course you will explore biological molecules, genetic information and energy transfers you will go on to understand how this impacts how organisms respond to their environment, genetic populations and the control of gene expressions.

Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level Biology.

Skills gained

  • Understanding of how biological molecules and cells are formed and interact
  • Understanding this demanding subject in context
  • Applying the scientific methodology in biology
  • Developing critical thinking skills

Course outline

This course is divided into 3 units:

 Unit 1: Topics 1 to 4

Written examination: 2 hours. 35% of A Level. 91 Marks (76 from short and long answer questions, 15 from extended response questions)

Unit 2: Topics 5 to 8

Written examination: 2 hours. 35% of A Level. 91 Marks (76 from short and long answer questions, 15 from extended response questions)

Unit 3: Topics 1 to 8

Written examination: 2 hours. 30% of A Level. 78 Marks (38 from structured questions including practical techniques, 15 from critical analysis of given experimental data, 25 marks from one essay with a choice of two titles)

Practical Assessment

You’re A-Level is based on your written examinations. However, in order to receive it you must undergo a separate endorsement of 12 key practical skills:

  1. Use appropriate apparatus to record a range of quantitative measurements (to include mass, time, volume, temperature, length and pH)
  2. Use appropriate instrumentation to record quantitative measurements, such as colorimeter or polotemeter
  3. Use laboratory glassware apparatus for a variety of experimental techniques to include serial dilutions
  4. Use of a light microscope at high power and low power, including use of graticule
  5. Produce scientific drawing from observation with annotations
  6. Use qualitative reagents to identify biological molecules
  7. Seperate biological compounds using thin layer/paper chromatography or electrophoresis
  8. Safely and ethically use organisms to measure plant or animal responses/ physiological functions
  9. Use microbial aseptic techniques, including the use of agar plates and broth.
  10. Safely use instruments for dissection of an animal organ, or plant organ
  11. Use sampling techniques in fieldwork
  12. Use ICT such as computer modelling, or data logger to collect data, or use software to process data

Course content

Unit 1:

Topic 1: Biological molecules

Topic 2: Cells

Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Unit 2:

Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

Topic 7: Genetic populations, evolution and ecosystems

Topic 8: The control of gene expressions

Unit 3:

All topics 1 – 8 shown above


The AQA A-Level Biology qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework and twelve practical assessments. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June.

In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

Method of study

Online and Paper Based

The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

You can also choose to have a paper version of the course sent to you.

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

Tutor support

Our A-Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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