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    Am choosing my AS Level subjects at the moment and have finally decided to close in on English Lit, Drama, Chemistry and Biology.

    But, I really LOVE french and am also doing it as a GCSE and would love to continue onto AS but am not really keen on dropping anything. Most people want me to drop Drama.. but I love it- its the one I am interested in after English Lit.!

    So can I maybe do it privately after I self teach myself?
    What would I have to do exactly? (Centre, Enrolling and stuff? )

    Oh, and just wanted to know anyone who has done Gujarati, Hindi and Law as a GCSE or A level privately.

    Thanks!
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    you can do it at a local adult community college? But surely your college will allow you to do five, if you think you can handle the workload?
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    hi
    I'm taught german by a tutor as my school wouldn't let me do german and music

    I asked the school to enter me for the exam and I wasn't charged extra. the teachers at school have been really supportive, giving me extra handouts and notes.
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    (Original post by Shelly from London)
    you can do it at a local adult community college? But surely your college will allow you to do five, if you think you can handle the workload?
    Nah, they think it is absurd that I want to do that :confused:

    I dont really want to use a college to do that because I would have to pay and also attend classes. I want to self teach myself and then simply give the exam..
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    (Original post by anurules)
    Am choosing my AS Level subjects at the moment and have finally decided to close in on English Lit, Drama, Chemistry and Biology.

    But, I really LOVE french and am also doing it as a GCSE and would love to continue onto AS but am not really keen on dropping anything. Most people want me to drop Drama.. but I love it- its the one I am interested in after English Lit.!

    So can I maybe do it privately after I self teach myself?
    What would I have to do exactly? (Centre, Enrolling and stuff? )

    Oh, and just wanted to know anyone who has done Gujarati, Hindi and Law as a GCSE or A level privately.

    Thanks!

    Private A-levels:

    Read up on it on www.aqa.org.uk/admin/p_private.php

    You need to choose a exam board and syllabus, checking that the specification allows private candidates. Think about the optional units and stuff too.

    You also need to find a centre. Any school who is willing to accomodate you for those particular units. There are some private schools in London that allow lots of private candidates. For A-level French, lots of places refuse to do oral exams. You will need to undergo the register / provide proof of identity sufficient to that centre. You will almost certainly need to pay the exam entry fees, which will normally be higher for oral exams; there may be extra admin costs too.
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    it can be expensive doing the whole thing yourself.

    im self teaching two of my a levels and the school are acomodating the exam.

    chances are if they think its insane then theydont think you could handle the work load.
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    I've self-taught myself two A-levels and it is hard work and rather expensive. Pick your Exam board carefully and keep in mind that finding an exam centre in your area will be a ****. I had to travel 40+ miles everyday for two weeks but there are many positives about self-teaching. No coursework, no tutors
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    (Original post by Hisoo)
    I've self-taught myself two A-levels and it is hard work and rather expensive. Pick your Exam board carefully and keep in mind that finding an exam centre in your area will be a ****. I had to travel 40+ miles everyday for two weeks but there are many positives about self-teaching. No coursework, no tutors
    No coursework, no tutors is possibly the best thing someone said to me today
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    Ask them again to let you do 5 A-levels??? Get you parents involved if you have to.... Most people at my school do 5, some even do 6 so it really shouldn't be a problem as it isn't that unusual!!
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    Your school might not be able tofit it all in the timetable, but I'm sure they will be able to enter you for the exam
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    (Original post by jacketpotato)
    Your school might not be able tofit it all in the timetable, but I'm sure they will be able to enter you for the exam
    I might just convince them to do that! Thanks!
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    (Original post by Hisoo)
    I've self-taught myself two A-levels and it is hard work and rather expensive. Pick your Exam board carefully and keep in mind that finding an exam centre in your area will be a ****. I had to travel 40+ miles everyday for two weeks but there are many positives about self-teaching. No coursework, no tutors

    wait hang on if you were self teaching yourself, with no course work or tutors what did you have travel around for 2 weeks for? Don't you just show up to the center on exam day? or do you need to pick up material from there?
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    (Original post by Roxan)
    Don't you just show up to the center on exam day? or do you need to pick up material from there?
    :eek: No.

    You have to find a centre that will do the exam, then actually register, telling them what board, codes, etc., as well as providing proof of ID, and finally paying :mad: .
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    so you pay at the end of it, how cute...and where would I find an exam center in Canada? I assume the local college would be a good place to start
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    (Original post by Roxan)
    so you pay at the end of it, how cute...and where would I find an exam center in Canada? I assume the local college would be a good place to start
    British A-levels are hard to come by in Canada (more popular in the US: see http://www.cie.org.uk/countries/usa/resources), but CIE and Edexcel do A-levels internationally so that's a possibility. I think the British Council will do them, again for a (highly exorbitant) fee. But you'd still have to hunt down a centre at which to do A-levels.

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