A Level Biology Course (Valid 2017 Exams & Onwards)

A level Biology, This course covers the brand new spec introduced in september 2015.  Biology is the natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. This distance learning Biology A Level course contains all the information you will need to pass the A-Level biology exam. You will have a personal tutor for the entirety of this course, who will be more than happy to aid you in completing this course, and will be available to mark all the end of unit assessments.

A levels are completed over a two year period without need to sit an AS exam first (England only) . Both parts are covered here providing students with an opportunity to acheive their full A level AQA certification and invaluable UCAS points. Perfect for students looking to gain a university place.

Students in Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to sit the AS exam.

Qualification: A Level Biology (7402)
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 Years Support
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

View full Specification here

A Level Exam - Valid May/June 2017 onwards

Students looking to fast track for the May/June 2016 exams can still do so by calling us to enrol. 

Course fees include course lessons & 2 years tutor support 
(Exam & practical assessment fees not included. These are payable direct to your chosen examination centre) 


A Level Biology Course (Valid 2017 Exams & Onwards)

A Level Biology Course (Valid 2017 Exams & Onwards)

Next Tab Request Info
Or like us on facebook:
Course Fee: Starting at: £419.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Printed course materials/course pack or online access
2: Course delivery via courier if priented materials selected
3: 2 Years Tutor support via email 
4: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees?

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

Next Tab

Please Choose:

Course Format

Payment Option

Monomers and polymers
Structure of DNA and RNA
Inorganic Ions

Cell structure
Methods of studying cells
Transport across cell membranes
Cell recognition and the immune system

Surface area to volume ratio
Gas exchange
Digestion and absorption
Mass transport

DNA, genes and chromosomes
DNA and protein synthesis
Genetic diversity
Species and taxonomy
Biodiversity within a community


Energy and ecosystems
Nutrient cycles

Stimuli (External and internal)
Control of heart rate
Nervous coordination
Skeletal muscles
Control of blood glucose concentration
Control of blood water potential

Populations in ecosystems

Alteration of the sequence of bases in DNA can alter the structure of proteins 
Gene expression is controlled by a number of features
Gene expression and cancer 
Using genome projects 
Genetic fingerprinting 

Students are recommended to posses the ability to read and write english to GCSE standards and be over 16 years of age. 

Mathematical Requirements

Candidates should be familiar with:

Arithmetic and computation
Handling Data

How Science Works

An understanding of How Science Works is a requirement. How Science Works is an underpinning set of concepts and is the means whereby students come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us. Moreover, How Science Works recognises the contribution scientists have made to their own disciplines and to the wider world.

To sit AQA examination/practicals students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment for both examination and practical assessment. Do not enrol until you have have confirmed availability/fees for both with your chosen centre

Please visit AQA here for exam information 

View a list of UK Exam Centres here

If the centres listed are unable to accomodate you or are unsuitable for any reason we have agreements with 4 centres listed below that may be able to help. It really is worth the effort to travel if need be.

Recommended Exam Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
B11 4JP
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298




3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
BS16 5HA

Tel: 0117 9109931

Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

Note: The contract for sitting exams and practical assessment is between you and your chosen centre. We advise students to contact 2 or 3 centres and compare charges as they will vary before the enrol. 

Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availabilty or exam fees charged. 


AQA A Level Biology

UCAS points awarded upon grades acheived.  Visit UCAS here for more info

AQA are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. AQA provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further educaton college. 

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. 

Coursework completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period, however examination dates are not flexible and are set by the awarding body. If you require additional time to complete an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.

Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

Please be advised students cannot choose both methods/formats. You will be required to select your preferred method at checkout.

This course lessons are self-contained, however we would advise you to read other books on this subject: These are not included in the fees charged by UK Open College. 

AS Biology for AQA, author; Michael Kent, publisher; Oxford University Press,

AQA AS Biology, author; Glenn Toole and Susan Toole, publisher; Nelson Thornes,

In order to achieve this qualification students will sit three examinations and twelve practical assessments. 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. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre. Please arrange/confirm this prior to enrolling with your chosen centre.

Paper 1

Assessment details:

  • 35% of A-Level
  • 91 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills


  • 76 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks = Extended response questions

Paper 2

Assessment details:

  • 35% of A-Level
  • 91 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills


  • 76 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks = Extended response questions

Paper 3

Assessment details:

  • 30% of A-Level
  • 78 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills


  • 38 marks = Structured questions, including practical techniques
  • 15 marks = Critical analysis of given experimental data
  • 25 marks = One essay from a choice of two titles

Practical Assessment

Your A Level grade will be based on your written examinations. However, in order to receive your A Level you must also undergo a separate endorsement of 12 practical skills. These are listed below:

  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. Separate 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

Assignment Information

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress

Past Papers

Visit AQA website and download specimen papers here

Students are able to sit a standalone AS paper as a measurement/guide of their progress if required. However this will incur additional exam fees with your centre. This will be available in May/June 2016 if required. This will not count towards your overall A Level exam and is purely available for students who wish to test their progress. (England only)

For students in Northern Ireland and Wales the AS will continue to count. 

​In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here. 

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So lets explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding. 

Firstly we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 7 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid. 

All returns must remain unused and in resaleable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations 2000. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 7 days as above. Unfortunately if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 01827 283735 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call 

Reviews For A Level Biology Course (Valid 2017 Exams & Onwards)

Date Added: 09/06/2014 by Amar Sharma
5 Out Of 5 Stars
Enrolled on Friday and received my materials today. All looking good so far. No complaints at all.
Full Review

Date Added: 11/01/2015 by Neil Lomas
5 Out Of 5 Stars
One of 3 A Levels i have recently enrolled on. For those students looking to do 3 or more then the c...
Full Review

Date Added: 12/05/2014 by Simon Reading
4 Out Of 5 Stars
I registered for this course just over 12 months ago and have managed to work my through with one or...
Full Review

Date Added: 11/08/2014 by Wain Kilmer
3 Out Of 5 Stars
Never realised completing an A level was so hard. I have completely miscalculated the difficulty of ...
Full Review

Write a Review