GCSE Biology Equivalency Test

From: £160.00

GCSE Biology Equivalency Test

Book a GCSE Biology Equivalency Test through A Star Equivalency and get the support you need to pass your exam and access your course.

From: £160.00
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GCSE Biology Equivalency Course

Our GCSE Biology Equivalency test course provides everything you need to effectively prepare for your exam. The course pack is posted to you via Royal Mail and contains:

  • Exam questions on every topic

  • In depth detailed answers

  • Mock exam papers & mark schemes

  • Revision booklet to teach and test knowledge

  • Free tutorials to help you prepare for the exam

How do I prepare for the GCSE Biology Equivalency Test?

Assessment objectives and guidance

See our exam content summary guide below; IGCSE Biology Guide objectives You can also use the detailed Edexcel IGCSE Biology Specification to help you revise
Edexcel IGCSE Biology Specification

More Free Biology Revision revision with MME

MME provides free Biology revision worksheets by topic see the link below.
Free Biology Revision

Free Practice Paper

Use the GCSE Biology Equivalency Test sample paper to help you revise
Biology Question Paper
Biology Mark Scheme

iGCSE Past papers

The best papers to revise for the Biology equivalency test are the IGCSE Biology practice papers. You can find these here:
IGCSE Biology - Paper 1 - Question
IGCSE Biology - Paper 1 - Mark Scheme
IGCSE Biology - Paper 2 - Question
IGCSE Biology - Paper 2 - Mark Scheme

Ask the community

A star Equivalency has set up a Facebook support group to help every Equivalency student. Take a look at the A star Equivalency Facebook Group.

Everything you need in one place

With our course options, you get all the materials you need to revise for and pass the exam. Additionally, we also have webinar tutorials to help prepare learners, which is inclusive of the exam booking fee. See the block above for more information. 

Specifically designed for the exam

The course has been specifically designed to match the content of the exam. Providing genuine mock papers designed by examiners.

100s of Practice Questions

100s of expertly designed practice questions. Giving the ability to practice every possible exam question type you could face in the exam.

Free Weekly Lessons

A Star Equivalency offers free weekly lessons to all learners. You can register for there here
Free Weekly lessons

Make a study Plan

Making a study plan to pass your Equivalency Test is a good place to start. Plan out when you want to revise and how you want to revise.

Start revising early

Start your revision early. Give yourself enough time to cover the entire course without needing to rush.

Do lots of practice papers and questions

Exam-paper practice is the most important thing. This is why the A star course comes with 3 high-quality mock papers so you know what you expect from the real exam.

GCSE Biology Equivalency Testing Info

This exam is an online exam. The timings have been modified to allow you to sit the exam online. Your answers must be submitted online.

If you wish to sit a paper-based exam please see the link below:
Paper-based Exam

The biology equivalency consists of short-form answers along with multiple choice. Questions range from 1 to 6 marks of different lengths and formats.

For your exam day please prepare the following:

  1. The ability to carry out a video call on a laptop or desktop computer
  2. A web cam and audio
  3. An acceptable form of ID
  4. Pen, paper and scientific calculator.
  5. A Smartphone (to submit your answers if you complete them on paper).

You connect with the invigilator on the day of the exam. You log into the exams system then start once the invigilator gets you set up. You can either enter your answers on screen by typing, or on paper. If you write on paper you need to scan in your answers at the end using your smart phone. All of this process is straight forward and doesn’t require any technical knowledge.

This GCSE Biology Equivalency Exam consists of only a single benchmarked paper. In addition, there is no coursework component. Therefore, the Biology IGCSE is the better option for equivalency students, studying remotely for a Biology GCSE Equivalency test.

The GCSE Biology Equivalency Exam is a single 2-hour exam benchmarked against the Edexcel IGCSE Biology Specification. Questions in the exam may come from any topic across this specification (including all points in bold). This is a single GCSE award. The Biology Equivalency exam covers grades 9 to 1 (A* to G) for both foundation and higher students.

You require a GCSE Biology equivalency for entry into a higher education course that accepts GCSE equivalencies (typically teacher training QTS, midwifery and nursing).

Be aware the GCSE Biology equivalency is a single science discipline and therefore requires a strong depth of knowledge and understanding. The GCSE Combined Science equivalency test is spread more across Biology, Chemistry and Physics and therefore it has greater breadth but slightly less depth.

The A Star Biology equivalency course is the perfect way to revise for this exam. The course contains all the resources you need to prepare effectively for this exam.

Results are returned to you within 10 working days via email


Then select the Fast track option shown above. This guarantees the results within 2 working days of sitting your exam.

Biology Mark Percentage
 Grade A*+, (9) 84/100 (84%+)
 Grade A(8), 75/100 (75%+)
 Grade B/A (7) 66/100 (66%+)
 Grade: B (6) 60/100 (60%+)
 Grade C+ (5) 54/100 (54%+)
 Grade C / C- (4) 48/100 (48%+)

We have modelled our papers and grade boundaries against the actual IGCSE Specification and grade boundaries. We are using the Pre-Covid grade boundaries for this specification. (Grade Boundaries)

We take the standardisation of our exams very seriously to ensure the integrity of our exams. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Most reputable teacher training providers accept the Biology equivalency test results. For Nursing and Midwifery it varies from course provider to course provider. If you need any further help with this please email [email protected] 

Yes! we do offer the option of a paper based exam. Please follow the link to see our paper based exam product. 

To find out what you need to sit an online exam and for instructions on the day, please see the Equivalency test instructions page.

A Star Equivalency Test Instructions

These instructions will be sent to every learner when they book an exam with A star Equivalency.

UCL only accept level 5’s for all GCSE Biology qualifications and equivalencies.

In order to get booked in for an extra time exam, you MUST call 020 3488 0960 or email [email protected] to discuss your requirements. It may take longer to get booked in for an exam as we verify your evidence of extra time.

Please be aware: Due to the extended nature of an extra time exam, it is not possible to sit these exams in every available exam slot due to invigilator availability.

GCSE Biology Equivalency Course and Exam

Lowest cost online Examination Lowest cost online Examination
Online Examination Online Examination
Certificate Included Certificate Included
Exam questions by topic Included Exam questions by topic Included
2 Mock Papers Included 2 Mock Papers Included
Details mark schemes included Details mark schemes included

Simple Steps to your GCSE Biology Equivalency

3 Easy Steps

  • 1

    Book your Biology Equivalency Through A Star

  • 2

    Revise using the Biology course materials

  • 3

    Complete the exam - get your results & certificate

Some Guidance on your exams

The video below gives some guidelines on the exam, what happens on the day of the exam, as well as gives you handy information on how to prepare for your exam.


Genuine customer reviews

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  1. I am pleased to have passed my Biology Exam with A Star Equivalency. I cannot thank Dave and the team enough for their support. No test is easy and it is imperative to revise and use all the resources available on the website – which was a big help for me. I am greatful for the supportive team and looking forward to doing my Teacher Training in September.

    Margaret S
  2. I was sooo nervous about my science equivalency test I can’t tell you how much. I have not studied science for 20 years and had no idea what the differences between a plant and animal cell was, but after 10 weeks of getting my head down and working through the course I managed to overcome one of my greatest fears and at the same time pursue my dream of booking a primary school teacher. Thank you so much to the team at A star, you were supportive all the way through.

    Gemma Taylor
  3. A very helpful service and made the revision for the test not as painful as it could have been.

    Pari Singh
  4. I can’t thank this service enough for all the help and support provided with my biology equivalency test.

    Janet T
  5. Brilliant service

    Demi S
  6. The best thing I have ever done!!!! I am now about to start my teaching career.

    Ali T
  7. The GCSE biology test is okay as long as you do the revision! I spent a few weeks really studying hard and thankfully it worked out as planned.

    Bernadette Y
  8. I didn’t pass on my first go at it. They did say get the course to help but I shouldn’t have to as it is suppose to be an easy test isn’t it?????

    Jorge T
  9. Having to study after many many years off took me back to my school days which is somewhere that none of us want to go. The work I did paid off as I passed the biology test and got onto my course. The people at A star are very helpful with the tutorials and support.

    Antonia H
  10. pleased to recommend A Star equivalency to others.

    Carl G
  11. I did the paper based Biology test at home. Wasn’t sure how they would invigilate it but it worked really well as I normally get too nervous with exams but being at home eased my anxiety. This was my last barrier and now I have overcome it I can get on with my dream career.

    Emily Freeman
  12. I can’t say I’m enjoying the course haha! The course is in depth and there is plenty of support available if you need it.
    I’m currently studying hard, haven’t taken the exam yet

    Clare H Carpenter (verified owner)
  13. 5/5 from me

    David T
  14. Anyone who has to do the gcse biology equivalency then a star is the service to help you.

    Azi T
  15. I thought they were really helpful and friendly throughout the whole process. I finally passed and can now do my Teacher Training programme.

    John Gleeson (verified owner)
  16. The service was very good and the invigilation was professional. I did have some noise distraction from the other students during the exam but this can’t be helped. I would recommend this service as it was quick and painless, if you don’t count the revision haha. I passed both my biology and English exams and have been able to progress onto my initial teacher training course.

    Ingrid Ellis (verified owner)
  17. I was really worried about taking the GCSE biology equivalency because I have not touched science in over 15 years and I can’t recall the differences between a plant or animal cell! However after a few weeks of revising my confidence grew and the exam was that bad in the end. A Star were tremendous all the way through.

  18. Happy to recommend

    Jadan Alison
  19. I was worried about my GCSE Biology equivalency test but passed first time

    Alice P
  20. Easy to book test and very fast results

    Pavlina T
  21. Although the price appears high for the course and exam, I fully recommend you spend the money, rather than keep paying for resits.
    The guide is comprehensive, though unfortunately I didn’t manage signing up to the classes, and you can’t watch them after the fact, hence the 4 stars.
    The process was strand the Invigilator for the exam was thorough and patient.
    Fingers crossed I won’t be eating my words as the results aren’t for three days!

    Lynn Ramsay (verified owner)
  22. I was initially apprehensive about taking an on-line GCSE equivalence course and test, especially as I had a 3 week time constraint to enable me to start Uni. However, I was really impressed with the material in the course work pack and how the on-line exam was conducted. I gained a Grade 7 and would highly recommend Astar.

    Jenna Cocking (verified owner)
  23. I was very nervous to use this service however I was very satisfied with the support I received and how easy it was to book the test.
    I was updated before I sat the exam and I passed my exam the first time.

    Sumaiya Kadir (verified owner)
  24. After searching for an online biology exam I finally found A Star. I spoke to them on the phone before booking and the staff was really police and helpful. I was able to book my exam for 2 weeks later and today I did my exam! I used A Stars resources to revise and do practice questions which I found really really helpful. Now I patiently wait for my results! Thank you A Star!

    Amber Mahoney (verified owner)
  25. A Star Equivalence is a very good way to complete your GCSE equivalency. I have done English and Biology and found that I had all the course material I needed and lots of practice questions. For Biology especially, which was harder for me as it is not my natural subject, I was very well prepared on the day of the exam. I am confident I passed and felt ready. The subjects are well presented, the questions prepare you well and finally the mock tests give you a good idea of the test on the day. I definitely recommend A Star Equivalency.

    Yacine Cathline
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