This International A Level Biology Course , developing 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.
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.
International A Level Biology CIE Exams can be taken in June and November (Also March for India)
International A Level Biology Edexcel Exams can be taken in January, June and November.
Our courses at Home Study Zone allow our students to work at their own pace and we work to ensure all our student’s needs are met. Our resources will cover the requirements of the course making sure you stay on track with the subject you choose.
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.
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.
Candidates for the Cambridge International AS Level Biology study the following topics:-
The microscope in cell studies
Cells as the basic units of living organisms
Testing for biological molecules
Carbohydrates and lipids
Proteins and water
Mode of action of enzymes
Factors that affect enzyme action
Cell membranes and transport
Fluid mosaic membranes
Movement of substances into and out of cells
The mitotic cell cycle
Replication and division of nuclei and cells
Chromosome behaviour in mitosis
Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
Structure and replication of DNA
Transport in plants
Structure of transport tissues
Transport in mammals
The circulatory system
Gas exchange and smoking
The gas exchange system
The immune system
Antibodies and vaccination
The AS level consists of three examinations papers.
Full A’ Level
Candidates for the Cambridge International A’ Level Biology study the ABOVE AS Level topics and the following:-
Energy and respiration
Photosynthesis as an energy transfer process
Investigation of limiting factors
Adaptations for photosynthesis
Homeostasis in mammals
Homeostasis in plants
Control and co-ordination
Control and co-ordination in mammals
Control and co-ordination in plants
Passage of information from parent to offspring
The roles of genes in determining the phenotype
Selection and evolution
Natural and artificial selection
Biodiversity, classification and conservation
Principles of genetic technology
Genetic technology applied to medicine
Genetically modified organisms in agriculture
Candidates for the Edexcel International AS Level Biology study the following topics:-
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.
The AS level consists of three examinations papers.
Full A’ Level
Candidates for the Edexcel International A’ Level Biology study the ABOVE AS Level topics and the following:-
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.
Q & A
Will I require any previous knowledge to start this course?
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.
What is included with this course?
In-depth study materials covering the full specification
Two years tutor support
Assignment marking and feedback
Will I need to purchase any books?
You will not need to purchase any books as we cover everything that is required in the course materials unless otherwise stated on the course page.
Are there any additional costs?
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.
I live overseas, would I be able to take this course?
Yes, this course is available to international students, however if there is an examination at the end of the course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in order that we can advise you further.
Do I have to pay for delivery?
For paper-based courses, delivery is free to the UK. A delivery fee will be payable for paper-based courses sent outside the UK. Please click here for delivery information.
How many hours should I allow for this course?
We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 300 and 350 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.
Can I complete this course sooner if I wish to?
Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course.
Will I gain UCAS points?
Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams. A UCAS points table can be found by clicking here.
What is the course title and code for this qualification?
A’ Level Biology: YBI11
A’ Level Biology CIE: 9700
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and their qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.
Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC), the country’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A levels.
In the UK, Edexcel work with more than 5,000 secondary schools, 450 further education colleges, 70 higher education institutions and more than 700 employers and training providers. As the company responsible for marking the national Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, they are also now working with 20,000 junior schools. Internationally, Edexcel operate in 112 countries and every year more than four million people trust their respected learning programmes and qualifications.
Course fees for payment in full include:
Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
Access to your personal Tutors via our online portal.
Access to a range of online resources.
Access to the NUS student card.
Help with UCAS application if attending University.
Tutor references once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
Free CV writing service on completion of course.
Course Cost and Advantages of Studying with Home Study Zone