AS and A-level Biology

  • Teaching from: September 2015
  • Exams from: 2016 (AS), 2017 (A-level)
  • Specification code: 7401 7402
  • QAN code: 601/4624/2; 601/4625/4

Our specifications give you the freedom to teach in the way that works best for your students whatever their interests and abilities.

The core content is largely the same, meaning you'll be able to use many of your existing resources.

Our specifications allow you to choose the context and applications to bring biology to life. You'll be supported by teaching resources including two schemes of work.

We're passionate about practical work and know it's at the heart of all good science teaching. That's why you have more choice about your practical activities.


Specification at a glance

Sample papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 15 May 2019 Coursework deadline for A-level Biology (Non-exam assessment: Practical Endorsement) (7402/C)
    Schools and colleges may set their own internal deadlines
  • 21 May 2019 Exam for AS Biology Paper 1 (7401/1)
    Series: June 2019
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 24 May 2019 Exam for AS Biology Paper 2 (7401/2)
    Series: June 2019
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 30m

View more Biology;Science dates

Upcoming events preloader

More meeting dates

The new specification shows many similarities with the current specification in terms of range of topics and depth of study.

Richard Wilson,
Head of Biology, Colchester Sixth Form College

Loading the video...

Video transcript

Thinking of teaching AS and A-level Science with us?

Talk to us

Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes and the customer support team.
8am–5.30pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 01483 477756