A Level Biology

Course codes: OSC1279 / OSC1297 / OSC1298
Official A Level, worth up to 56 UCAS points
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We have a 94% pass rate** with our A Levels. Study A Level Biology from home and earn up to 56 UCAS points.

  • Fully recognised AQA Biology A Level qualification
  • Earn up to 56 UCAS points for higher education
  • Exactly the same course as college or sixth form
  • Enrol today and start your studies straight away
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  • Learn at your own pace, in your own environment
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Course overview

Biology is the science behind life and all living things. If you’ve always wondered about natural science, plants and lifeforms, consider taking your A Level Biology with us.

You will learn about the different areas of biology such as cells, organisms and genetic relationships. Discover the fascinating rules behind DNA and genes. Find out how organisms respond to different environments. Learn the science behind living things!

This is a fully recognised AQA A Level Biology course and you can earn up to 56 UCAS points in support of your application for higher education.

If you’re interested in learning more about biology but you’re looking for a more flexible approach to learning that fits around your busy schedule, this is the ideal course for you.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

A Level in Biology (you must take the A Level exams and practical assessment to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


3 paper-based exams and practical assessment.

Course content

Specification code: 7402

Extra info

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. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which take place at certain times during the year.

The examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham. If you add these on, we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available.

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

Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A Level in Biology. These subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work.

Thinking of Going to University?

A Levels are assessed primarily through examinations, and in some cases, coursework and/or practicals too, which are then combined to give a final grade. If you are planning to go on to higher education, this grade can then be translated into Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) points. You will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the total number of UCAS points required by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade, our courses include carefully-devised learning activities, as well as a number of tutor-marked assignments, so you get detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you take the exam. Your assignments can also help your personal tutor to provide you with a predicted grade, where this is required for your university application.

Exams and Assessment

To achieve the full Biology A Level you will be assessed across the eight units and practical assessments. All units will be assessed by 3 paper-based exams. A more detailed breakdown of the exam details is provided below.

Exam details

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

  • 4 x practical sessions – these will run on Sundays every other month from September through to May each year and you must attend 4 consecutive sessions. These must be attended prior to sitting your examinations however they must be attended in the same year as your examination.

We will book these for you when you are ready.


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