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    In terms of missing the introductions with your teachers, I would say it isn't ideal - you will turn up a week in, and they won't know who you are (assuming you're going to have different teachers). When I started 6th Form, those who didn't turn up for the whole of the first week were assumed to have dropped the class. You might be best sending in a note saying that you won't be there if you know who to contact, so that they know you are still in the class.

    As far as course content, we did cover actual material, but one week of material shouldn't be too difficult to catch up with. It will be an introduction to the material, so you should be fine on that account. I attended the first four days of Year 12 before missing the next 6 weeks through illness. I was sent work by some teachers, not by others, and was caught up quickly enough. It shouldn't put you at a major disadvantage, just make sure to get hold of the work you missed - or at least find out what they covered so you can look over it yourself.
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    (Original post by IndyJK9)
    I figured better to scare someone into working than let them think it'll be fine
    Hehehe, you want to be a teacher later? :-)
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    (Original post by JessicaUk)
    Hehehe, you want to be a teacher later? :-)
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    No. Not sure about what I want to do but I don't think I'd ever do that.
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    I missed a month of AS, from late September then came back after oct half term. Managed to get full marks in my jan exams (bio and chem) predicted 4 As overall this year. so don't worry, just work hard in class and maybe ask teachers to spend a few minutes doing an overview of what you missed so you can ask questions, in a free/lunch/After school or something. It's perfectly possible to catch up
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    I missed most of the first week and I was fine - at my college it was mostly comprised of meeting your tutor/tutor group, introductions to teachers and logging on to the computers and finding out where everything is. I don't think we did any proper work until the second or third week in.

    Everywhere's different, but from what I've heard from others at different colleges this is pretty much how the first week of college goes. Chances are you won't miss on any work, just the (in my opinion) mundane introductions and whatnot.
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    (Original post by milkytea)
    Well at my college we actually did work in the first week. The first lesson was usually just introduction, but after that we were doing course content. I guess at other colleges it may be different.
    Even so, you still wouldn't need to work your arse off Not even close.
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    (Original post by grant-m-s)
    I am starting my a-levels in September but I'm going on holiday late August so I will miss six days of school. How much work will I miss? And how long will it take me to catch up?:confused:
    i'm sorry to say this, but there's absolutely no coming back after this..........:eek:

    lol, but on a serious note, it won't make such a big difference or any at all infact.
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    you'll be fine, enjoy your holiday!
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    (Original post by SleepySheep)
    Even so, you still wouldn't need to work your arse off Not even close.
    Well I suppose that's a phrase that means different things to different people. It's really not important. All I meant was that it's possible that the OP may have to work a lot harder than normal at the start to make up for missing a significant number of lessons.
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    All of our first week was "Doom, gloom, welcome to A-levels. You will be lucky to get a E in the January modules. Doom, gloom, it won't matter because universities won't even look at you because doom, gloom, it's so competitive." So I would have been better off missing it as I would not have spent half of AS year contemplating leaving...
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    (Original post by milkytea)
    Well I suppose that's a phrase that means different things to different people. It's really not important. All I meant was that it's possible that the OP may have to work a lot harder than normal at the start to make up for missing a significant number of lessons.
    But why would the OP have to work a lot harder than normal? (S)he will only be missing like five days of college. It shouldn't make any difference whatsoever.
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    Might make it a bit more difficult to make friends but you won't miss much learning.
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    (Original post by SleepySheep)
    But why would the OP have to work a lot harder than normal? (S)he will only be missing like five days of college. It shouldn't make any difference whatsoever.
    Um, because you have to do the work that was set in the first week in the second week, as well as the work set in the second week anyway? If you read what I said in my previous post, I said that the extra work would only be temporary and at the start of college. I also made this clear in my original post, where I said that in the long term it won't make any difference for the OP... but you didn't quote that part.
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    It's the kind of thing you feel as though you want to try avoid, but in reality it wouldn't be bad at all. I know people who began in the second week because of holiday and it wasn't a problem.
    My parents went on holiday at the same time, but I didn't go because I didn't want to miss the first week, I thought i'd be at a disadvantage not meeting people on the first couple of days and stuff. But looking back I should of just gone on the holiday.
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    It will be a bit behind but the first week is just introducing and useless stuff really. It's the very basics of the course.

    If it makes you feel any better I didn't start my history AS level till a month into the course as I had a panic attack and swapped from another subject to history. I am now hope to be doing history at university, got an A at as-level and hope to get one for Alevel on results day

    So not that bad, if you put in the work.
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    not very lmfao
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    (Original post by milkytea)
    Um, because you have to do the work that was set in the first week in the second week, as well as the work set in the second week anyway? If you read what I said in my previous post, I said that the extra work would only be temporary and at the start of college. I also made this clear in my original post, where I said that in the long term it won't make any difference for the OP... but you didn't quote that part.
    I didn't quote that part because it won't make a difference in the short term either. I doubt there will be any work set in the first week and if there is it will be the bare minimum and I doubt the OP will even be expected to do it.
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    You won't have problems 'catching up' because there won't be very much to catch up on, but you'll miss introductions and stuff.
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    (Original post by grant-m-s)
    I am starting my a-levels in September but I'm going on holiday late August so I will miss six days of school. How much work will I miss? And how long will it take me to catch up?:confused:
    Expect to fail your exams miserably.
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    (Original post by grant-m-s)
    I am starting my a-levels in September but I'm going on holiday late August so I will miss six days of school. How much work will I miss? And how long will it take me to catch up?:confused:
    You can miss a lot more of your course and still be fine. Your school might kick up a fuss, but ignore them.

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