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Why choose Edexcel International A-level Biology?

This course aims to give you the skills to:

  • develop an enjoyment of biology
  • understand biological study
  • become an independent learner and a critical researcher
  • develop research skills
  • develop your analytical skills.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a modular structure, with three exam sessions each year in October, January and June (not all subjects are available in each exam session). A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.

Why take this online course with ITS?

  • Value for money – our entry level is FREE.
  • Easy accessibility – all you need is a broadband connection.
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn.
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add-on services according to your needs.
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers – the course is the same that runs in our registered schools.
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification.
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step.
  • This course is somewhat similar to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). However, with ITS Education Asia you can ultimately get an official A-level qualification and have the option to access greater levels of support.
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (SATII, IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content.

What are the prerequisites of this course?

First and foremost, to study an IAL in Biology you must have a keen interest in sciences, an enquiring mind and the ability to analyse evidence and observations. You do need to have studied biology before, IGCSE level if possible.

What can I do with an A-level in Biology?

You can go on to university courses like an honours degrees in fields such as Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinarian science, and Dentistry. You can also use this knowledge to start your studies in order to become a sciences/biology teacher.

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page.

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of six units – three IAS and three IA2 units.

Find our FAQ's for Edexcel International A-levels here.

Topic and assessment overview

IAL Biology topics at a glance
IAS Unit 1: Lifestyle, health and risk and Cells, genes and health (30 lessons) 
IAS Unit 2: The voice of the genome and Biodiversity and natural resources (30 lessons) 
IAS Unit 3: Biology Laboratory Skills 1 Alternative (10 lessons) 
IA2 Unit 4: On the wild side and Infections, Immunity and Forensics (30 lessons) 
IA2 Unit 5: Run for your life and Grey matter (30 lessons) 
IA2 Unit 6: Biology Laboratory Skills 2 Alternative (10 lessons)


Assessment in January, June and October

  • External assessment: written examination
  • Unit 1: 1.5 hours, 80 marks
  • Unit 2: 1.5 hours, 80 marks
  • Unit 3: 1.5 hours, 40 marks
  • Unit 4: 1.5 hours, 80 marks
  • Unit 5: 1.5 hours, 80 marks
  • Unit 6: 1.5 hours, 40 marks

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