A Level Biology

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This fascinating and engaging A Level qualification will allow you to explore the subject area in great depth from the comfort of your own home. You will be able to follow the very latest academic syllabus and upon successful completion, you will gain 56 valuable UCAS points to add to your CV in consideration of further study or progression into a work-related area.

A Level Biology

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Imagine being able to study the courses you want without having to enrol at college or attend any classes. Our distance learning A Level Biology course can provide you with the EXACT same knowledge, training and qualifications that you’d receive on a college course; however you can benefit from the immediate advantages of being able to study from the comfort of your home.

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No pressure. No stress. No set deadlines. You can study on your own terms and easily fit our course around your current work or social commitments.

All we ask is that you complete our written and practical assignments within 2 years of your registration. Aside from that you can pick when, where and how you study and can even choose when you take your exams!

This distance learning course covers the entire scope of biology exploring everything from DNA, biological molecules and cell structure, to the way organisms exchange substances with their environment; ecosystems and gene expression.

A Level Biology is highly respected by universities and employers alike, opening doors to a vast range of careers in the natural sciences.

Within 8 concise topics you can truly uncover the tools to broadening your biological knowledge and learn how to apply them within a practical setting.

Course Benefits

This course is designed to develop both your theoretical and practical knowledge in preparation for further education or work within a science orientated field. By completing this course and exams, you can gain up to 56 UCAS points which can contribute significantly to your university applications.

However, unlike traditional A Levels where you must sit your examinations at a set time; you can decide when you are ready to take them so you are always prepared.

This course will:

  • Broaden your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of biology
  • Prepare you for university studies within a scientific field
  • Provide you with valuable UCAS points
  • Meet the latest academic specifications and contains the most up to date academic content

A Level Biology UCAS Points

  • A* Grade – 56 UCAS points
  • A Grade – 48 UCAS points
  • B Grade – 40 UCAS points
  • C Grade – 32 UCAS points
  • D Grade – 24 UCAS points
  • E Grade – 16 UCAS points

Course Units

Qualification Title: A Level Biology

Qualification Number: 601/4625/4

UCAS Points: Up to 56

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
  • Cell Recognition
  • Transport across Cell Membranes
  • 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 Transfer 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 Specification
  • 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


To earn this A Level qualification you will first complete the assessments included in your course materials.  These will be marked by your dedicated tutor and will prepare you for your exam.

You are required to complete three standard written exams and one submitted practical.

  • Paper 1: 2 hour written exam, worth 35% of total marks – May/June 2025
  • Paper 2: 2 hour written exam, worth 35% of total marks – May/June 2025
  • Paper 3: 2 hour written exam, worth 30% of total marks – May/June 2025
  • Practical (non-exam): TBA

(all dates are subject to change)

There is a separate fee for the examinations, which are paid directly to the exam centre at time of booking. We’ll help you book your exams and practical assessment when you are ready (we advise to book well in advance to guarantee your place).

Please note: the dates shown above are the next available exam slots only (exams take place yearly).

While practical assessments are not mandatory and do not count towards your final grade, there are questions in paper three which refer to practical techniques. Also, if you are planning to progress to a science related degree then many universities will only accept students who have completed the practicals.

Should you choose to complete the practical element, you will need to be able to attend four practical days at one of the following science labs:

  • Bolton School Science Lab (BL1 4PA)
  • Harrow Science Lab (HA1 3HP)
  • King Henry VIII Coventry (CV3 6AQ)
  • South Bank UTC Science Lab (SW2 1QS)

Required Knowledge

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Awarding Body

Upon completion of our course assessments and assignments, you will receive an AQA accredited A Level in Biology which can be used to further your study of Biology at university level.

It is possible for students to receive the A Level Biology qualification without completing their practical assessment; although it is important to note that your certificate will state that you have not done it. As a result, its absence could harm your chances of securing a university place or a job.

Please also note that 15% of your written exam marks rely on you having knowledge of these practical skills. As such, we strongly recommend completing the entire course – both the written and the practical elements of the course – in order to maximise your study and career opportunities.


From the moment you enrol onto this course we will send you – via post or by email – a comprehensive study guide and a complete course pack, including self-assessment exercises and tutor marked study questions.

Our tutors are just a click away and will always be hand to lend support and advice throughout the progression of your studies.

Through their monitoring and guidance, they can assist you with your exam preparation and ensure you are fully prepared for every eventuality.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider.
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work.
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations.
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

You have 2 years to complete this course, but can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs.

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

Yes, you must pass exams to gain your A Level. There is a separate fee for the examinations, which are paid directly to the exam centre at time of booking.

The only difference is you study from home, at your own pace. The exams and qualification are exactly the same.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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