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  • A-Level Biology

    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.

    • Course Description

      A Level Biology

      Course code: NALV01

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Biology

      Awarding body: AQA

      The first time this exam can be taken is 2017, if you are looking to take your A-Level sooner please check out our Fast Track A Levels.

      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.

    • Biology course overview

      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

      Assessment

      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

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently only available in paper-based format.

      We will send a study pack to you by courier, including your course materials and a study guide to help you through the student process.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Your tutor marked assessments are only accepted online, rather than by post.

      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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      Paper Based

      If the course you have bought is paper based it will be despatched the next working day. You will receive a tracking email and a text with a 1 hour delivery slot.

      What do I do next?

      All the information you need to complete your course will be included in your study guide. Once you have your course be it online or paper based you will be good to go!

      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

      Good luck!