The Biology AS Level Course studies life: its organisms, its molecular basis, its origins and the ecosystems that it inhabits. The course also deals with topics of pressing human concern such as disease, habitat destruction and genetic engineering.
This home study course follows the new linear Sociology AS Level syllabus. Students wanting to complete a full A Level should purchase a course from the A Level Course section of our website.
Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. There are 10 Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs) including 2 mock exam assignments.
This course prepares students for the Edexcel Biology AS Level 8BIO syllabus specification B for exams in May/June 2021 or later years.
The AS Level is assessed by two written papers:
- Paper 1: Biology 1 (1 hour 30 minutes) is 80 Marks in total (50% of the total AS Level).
This paper will examine the following topics: Biological molecules; Cells, viruses and reproduction of living things; and Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals).
- Paper 2: Biology 2 (1 hour 30 minutes) is 80 Marks in total (50% of the total AS Level).
This paper will examine the following topics: Classification and biodiversity; Exchange and transport; and Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals)
We will admit Candidates for AS Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above on the older grading system or 4 or above on the new grading system.
For Biology this should ideally include a grade C/4 or above in Maths and English. It is also assumed that students have obtained a grade C/4 or above at (I)GCSE Biology or Double Award Science. However, it is possible to study the course without this background by doing some additional work. Guidance is given in the course.
Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course.
The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:
- Edexcel A Level Biology Student Book 1 Paperback by Ed Lees, Martin Rowland, C. J. Clegg. (ISBN: 978-1471807343)
Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.
Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.
There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.
All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.
All Edexcel specification AS-Level Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations.
The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.
We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.
Examination Dates and Exam fees:
AS Level examinationss are only sat in the Summer examination window. Students can decide to study over a one year or two year period (providing the specification and exams are available over that duration). You can sign up for a course at any time although course tutors set closing dates for students aiming for specific examination windows. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs.
Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.
The closing date for all AS Level subjects is 12 November 2021. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2023 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.