Science – Biology (Higher)

Equivalency Testing for Career Development is the examination board and awarding body

Course details
This Higher Level Biology course is designed for students who need an equivalent qualification at GCSE level. It can be studied over a duration of 12 weeks and consists of 12 assignments. Approximate self-study time is four hours per week.

Students should study all the topics on the Equivalency Testing syllabus before booking an examination. Brief details of the syllabus are provided below, and full information can be requested by emailing

Course materials
Assignment booklet and revision guide is provided.

Students are allocated a specialist tutor who mark assignments and give constructive feedback where necessary. Tutor contact is by email only.

Examination details:
A Higher Level Science Biology examination is 2 hours in duration. The approximate number of marks for this paper is 126.

Examination materials:
Pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, pens, working scientific calculator. Online examinations require a PC or laptop with working camera.

Examination grades:
Students need to achieve Grade 4 to pass, but some universities stipulate that a Grade 5 pass is necessary:

Grade 1 (25% to 34%)
Grade 2 (35% to 44%)
Grade 3 (45% to 54%)
Grade 4 pass (55% to 64%)
Grade 5 pass (65% to 74%)
Grade 6 pass (75% to 84%)
Grade 7 pass (85% to 100%)

Topics covered in this unit:

  1. Keeping healthy
  2. Nerves and hormones
  3. The use and abuse of drugs
  4. Interdependence and adaptation
  5. Genetic variation, its control and evolution
  6. Cells and simple cell transport
  7. Proteins – their functions and uses
  8. Cell division and inheritance
  9. Gaseous exchange – Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  10. Transport systems in plants and animals
  11. Homeostasis
  12. Humans and their environment


There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

When can I take the exam?

New dates and times for all exams are updated regularly, check back to see latest availability.


Coursework and Examination

Students can choose our combined ‘home study and exam’ option in the core subjects of Maths, English, Biology and Combined Science. This flexible approach means home study coursework can be completed any time, and examinations are scheduled on a weekly basis.

Email to request full details on the subject you would like to study.

Examination only

If you have completed the course, or you want to choose an ‘exam only’ apply here to sit an examination.




Do I need ID?

Yes! You will need to provide a passport or driving licence prior to the examination, otherwise you may not be able to sit the exam.

Are there age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions.

Can I retake the exam?

You can sit the examination more than once. However, every time you sit an examination you have to pay the full price.

Can I take an examination at the place I am working at?

You can sit an examination at one of our designated places or an examination paper could be sent to the school you are currently working in. This is only with the agreement of the Head or Deputy Head Teacher or equivalent.

Contact us to arrange this

Can I pay weekly?

An exam only has a £30 deposit, and the rest is payable on the day. The deposit is non-refundable.

All courses must be paid in full. No monthly terms or part payments.