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International A Level Biology Course

This International A Level Biology Course develops essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.  It will also improve and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.  This course overall will nurture a passion for Biology and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine at University or to continue studying via distance learning.

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Course Description

This International A Level Biology will give you essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. You will gain a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.  You will also become competent and confident in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills and develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.

Support

The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

International A Level Biology Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Whats included?

Students will be provided with logins for the student portal where they will find all the study materials they need to complete their course. They will also be provided with an e-textbook to assist them in completing their assignments.

Students will be provided with a Tutor who will help guide them through their course, and their Tutor will expect them to submit a number of assignments in order that their progress can be monitored. These assignments will be graded for them and feedback provided. You will also be able to ask the Tutor any questions about the course or for more help if needed. Once their course has been completed, they will then be allocated practice exam papers to ensure that they are familiar with the procedure and layout of their exams. Learners will be expected to complete these under exam conditions (i.e.. stick to the time scales allowed and try to find somewhere quiet), their Tutor can then provide them with a grade and feedback. More practice papers can be provided if required.

Difference between Cambridge & Edexcel Exam Boards 

Cambridge and Edexcel A Levels are international qualifications. Cambridge A-Levels can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom, whereas Edexcel A-Levels can only be taken outside of the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full A Level qualifications. 

For the sciences, (biology, chemistry and physics) there are some differences between the specifications. With Edexcel all of the specification is taught in theory and as a result you will be assessed by written exam papers, including the practical element. If you sat the sciences with Cambridge, you will have to perform the practical element at a nearby centre, and this is not optional.

Fees

knowledgeable-tutors-onlineCourse fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Help with UCAS application if attending University.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam.
 

Cambridge Exam Board

Awarding Body: Cambridge

Course Code: 9700

Study Hours:  Recommended 300 – 360 hrs

Exams Available: June & November (also March in India only)


Cambridge International Examinations (cie)

The key concepts for Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology are:

Cells as the units of life
A cell is the basic unit of life and all organisms are composed of one or more cells. There are two fundamental types of cell: prokaryotic and eukaryotic. Understanding how cells work provides an insight into the fundamental processes of all living organisms.

Biochemical processes
Cells are dynamic structures within which the chemistry of life takes place. Biochemistry and molecular biology help to explain how and why cells function as they do.

DNA, the molecule of heredity
Cells contain the molecule of heredity, DNA. DNA is essential for the continuity and evolution of life by allowing genetic information to be stored accurately, to be copied to daughter cells, to be passed from one generation to the next and for the controlled production of proteins. Rare errors in the accurate copying of DNA known as mutations result in genetic variation and are essential for evolution.

Natural selection
Natural selection acts on genetic variation and is the major mechanism in evolution, including speciation. Natural selection results in the accumulation of beneficial genetic mutations within populations and explains how populations can adapt to meet the demands of changing environments.

Organisms in their environment
All organisms interact with their biotic and abiotic environment. Studying these interactions allows biologists to understand better the effect of human activities on ecosystems, to develop more effective strategies to conserve biodiversity and to predict more accurately the future implications for humans of changes in the natural world.

Observation and experiment
The different fields of biology are intertwined and cannot be studied in isolation. Observation, enquiry, experimentation and fieldwork are fundamental to biology, allowing relevant evidence to be collected and considered as a basis on which to build new models and theories. Such models and theories are further tested by experimentation and observation in a cyclical process of feedback and refinement, allowing the development of robust and evidence-based conceptual understandings.

Modules

  1. Cell structure
  2. Biological molecules
  3. Enzymes
  4. Cell membranes and transport
  5. The mitotic cell cycle
  6. Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
  7. Transport in plants
  8. Transport in mammals
  9. Gas exchange
  10. Infectious diseases
  11. Immunity

AS Level candidates also study practical skills.

Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Biology study the AS topics and the following topics:

  1. Energy and respiration
  2. Photosynthesis
  3. Homeostasis
  4. Control and coordination
  5. Inheritance
  6. Selection and evolution
  7. Classification, biodiversity and conservation
  8.  Genetic technology

A Level candidates also study practical skills.

Exam Papers

Paper 1: 

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

40 multiple choice questions

Paper 2: 

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

AS Level Structured Questions

6o marks

Paper 3: 

Time: 2 hours

Practical work & structured questions. Questions are based on the practical skills in the practical assessment section of the syllabus.

4o marks

Paper 4: 

Time: 2 hours

Based on the A Level syllabus

Structured Questions

100 marks

Paper 5: 

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

30 marks

Questions are based on the practical skills of planning, analysis & evaluation.

Edexcel Exam Board

Awarding Body: Edexcel 

Course Code: YBI11

Study Hours:  Recommended 300 – 360 hrs

Exams Available: January, June & October 


Edexcel

This International A’ Level Biology Course with Edexcel will develop your knowledge and understanding of biology by applying the concepts in this specification to a range of different problems, set in a variety of contexts.

The content is relevant for students who have achieved a GCSE (or equivalent) in Biology and who want to study this subject at a higher level. It covers the major topics in biology, including biological molecules, diet, transport, health, cells, development, biodiversity, conservation, energy, the environment, microbiology, immunity, respiration, the internal environment, coordination and gene technology.

Unit 1: Molecules, Diet, Transport and Health
Molecules, Transport and Health
Membranes, Proteins, DNA and Gene Expression
Unit 2: Cells, Development, Biodiversity and Conservation
Cell Structure, Reproduction and Development
Plant Structure and Function, Biodiversity and Conservation
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology I
Learners are expected to develop experimental skills, and a knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques, by carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations while they study Units 1 and 2. This unit will assess Learners’ knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and techniques that were developed in Units 1 and 2.
Unit 4: Energy, Environment, Microbiology and Immunity
Energy Flow, Ecosystems and the Environment
Microbiology, Immunity and Forensics
Unit 5: Respiration, Internal Environment, Coordination and Gene Technology
Respiration, Muscles and the Internal Environment
Coordination, Response and Gene Technology
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology II 
Learners are expected to develop further the experimental skills and the knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques they acquired in Units 1 and 2, by carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations while they study Units 4 and 5. This unit will assess learners’ knowledge and understanding of the experimental procedures and techniques that were developed in Units 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Practical skills are assessed through a dedicated examination unit both at AS (Unit 3) and at A Level (Unit 6). The practical assessment is by written exam only.

Exams

Unit 1: Molecules, Diet, Transport and Health
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Availability: January, June and October
80 Marks
Content overview:
Molecules, Transport and Health
Membranes, Proteins, DNA and Gene Expression
Unit 2: Cells, Development, Biodiversity and Conservation
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Availability: January, June and October
80 Marks
Content overview:
Cell Structure, Reproduction and Development
Plant Structure and Function, Biodiversity and Conservation
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology I
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Availability: January, June and October
50 marks
Content overview
Students are expected to develop experimental skills, and a knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques, by carrying out a range of practical experiments and  investigations while they study units 1 and 2.
This unit will assess students’ knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and techniques that were developed in units 1 and 2.
Unit 4: Energy, Environment, Microbiology and Immunity
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Availability: January, June and October
90 marks
Content overview
Energy Flow, Ecosystems and the Environment
Microbiology, Immunity and Forensics
Unit 5: Respiration, Internal Environment, Coordination and Gene Technology
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Availability: January, June and October
90 marks
Content overview:
Respiration, Muscles and the Internal Environment
Coordination, Response and Gene Technology
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology II
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Availability: January, June and October
50 marks
Content overview:
Students are expected to develop further the experimental skills and the knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques they acquired in units 1 and 2, by carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations while they study units 4 and 5.
This unit will assess students’ knowledge and understanding of the experimental procedures and techniques that were developed in units 1, 2, 4 and 5

Q&A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Most of our A Levels are available internationally. We offer A Levels with three different awarding bodies, AQA, Cambridge and Edexcel. If the course is only available via the AQA awarding body then of course you can still take our course, however the exams must be taken in the UK.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 300 and 360 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

For example, any A-Level course undertaken has a recommended 360 guided learning hours. Breaking down a 360 hour course into 12 weeks, you would need to be able to commit to 30 hours per week of studying. It is entirely up to you the amount of time you can commit to studying. But with online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams. 

For more information about UCAS points click here

All of our A Level awarding bodies will give you a full A Level qualification. There will be slight differences between the specifications and what you will actually learn. 

For the Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), there would be a difference in how you sit practical elements. 

AQA offers practicals but they are optional.

With the Cambridge exam board, you will be expected to perform the practical elements, they are compulsory. Which means finding an exam centre that has a lab for you to complete this. 

With Edexcel, the practical elements are all taught in theory and are assessed via a written exam, therefore you can sit your full exam at a typical Edexcel approved exam centre. 

More information about science practicals can be found here

In most cases yes, what we would ask is for the course codes that you have taken in sixth form/college and we will see if we can match them up. 

In most cases you can, If you go to the individual course page you should be able to see if this option is available for you. 

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. A-Level qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your A Levels in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, and references for university applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade. 

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