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    (Original post by Dd maths)
    Thank you for your advice. I will contact OCR and decide my next plan
    If you haven't done so already, also check with
    http://www.thetutorialfoundation.co....nation-centre/
    London Brooke's
    Pascals college
    Duff Miller

    Www.greenes.org.uk is probably too far to travel.

    Also discuss with Ealing whether it's ok to take the practical in one centre and the exams elsewhere to take advantage of cheaper exam papers.

    The price on the examiners web site is the fee that they charge the centre, the centre can charge you anything they want to for the services they provide.


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    (Original post by AmbaJade)
    I'm also a private candidate and have decided to take my 3 A-levels in one year, so I'll be sitting my exams in the summer of 2017. You can either take your A-levels through on online college like Oxford Open Learning or NEC, this means you get access to E-books and tutors whenever you need but you can also just go solo and do it yourself. You'll need to decide what exam boards your are going to take your A-level subjects with and then buy the best textbooks on offer, then try find some local exam centres that offer private candidates a place to sit exams for your chosen exam board. If you're thinking of going through OCR check this out http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/257982-...es-2015-16.pdf. Then do some research to find a centre near you and contact them asap.
    For Biology, it depends on what field you wish to go into. If you want to go into medicine or veterinary science, you will need to do the practical endorsement to show your chosen college you're capable of being in a lab setting. Again, you'll need to find a college that offers practical endorsement programs and sign up with them. It's really important that you match your practical endorsement with your chosen exam board, otherwise it won't count. For example, I'm doing my Biology through Edexcel and am using Pembrokeshire College in Wales to complete my practical endorsement because they follow the Edexcel curriculum.
    As for the 1 vs 2 year, it really depends on you, and how confident you are in your learning abilities. There are tonnes of resources online from videos to other people's notes but if you're planning on doing it in one year, you're going to have to be super determined, organised and motivated. You'll need to plan your weeks in regards to how much work you're going to do in each subject to ensure you complete the subject in time for the exam plus at least 1 month free to revise. It's super important to do constant revision, especially if your trying to do it in one year as you try rush though everything to make it in time as certain things can get left behind or forgotten.
    But in all, it's totally doable and really fun because you learn at your own pace and often have a little more time to learn about things that interest you the most !
    I was thinking of doing A-level biology Edexcel in one year, NEC looks the most promising but they haven't confirmed the practical endorsement yet. Where are you currently living if you don't mind me asking that, Just wanted to know because you're doing bio BTW I live in london.
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    (Original post by shah96)
    I was thinking of doing A-level biology Edexcel in one year, NEC looks the most promising but they haven't confirmed the practical endorsement yet. Where are you currently living if you don't mind me asking that, Just wanted to know because you're doing bio BTW I live in london.
    I'm also doing Edexcel Bio in one year
    I live in Birmingham and can say I'm pretty happy with N.E.C so far, its really great having a reliable tutor who can mark assignments and answer questions etc. I'm struggling to find somewhere to do the endorsement but I found a place near me and am waiting for N.E.Cs reply. Are you taking any other subjects?
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    (Original post by AmbaJade)
    I'm also doing Edexcel Bio in one year
    I live in Birmingham and can say I'm pretty happy with N.E.C so far, its really great having a reliable tutor who can mark assignments and answer questions etc. I'm struggling to find somewhere to do the endorsement but I found a place near me and am waiting for N.E.Cs reply. Are you taking any other subjects?
    Ohh is it?? Finally someone who's actually doing edexcel with NEC:bigsmile: that's good to hear. I'm from London It will be very helpful if you can tell a bit more about your experience in terms of bio content, how useful NEC is helping you with it?
    I will be contacting them this week for enrollment hopefully!

    I am in the same boat cannot find reliable institution that does practical endorsement and I need it for my uni. Did you ask NEC about endorsement if they know any particular place? And if you don't mind can you tell me about the place you have found, you can pm me if you want!
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    Im a private candidate from Bangladesh and i just completed my O'levels. I was thinking about skipping AS levels and directly sitting for the 2018 Oct-Nov session of A'levels. Is that possible? Please give some insight asap its very important.
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    (Original post by SadiaZaman)
    Im a private candidate from Bangladesh and i just completed my O'levels. I was thinking about skipping AS levels and directly sitting for the 2018 Oct-Nov session of A'levels. Is that possible? Please give some insight asap its very important.
    To get an alevel qualification you need to do AS exams and Alevel exams, not one or the other.
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    (Original post by SadiaZaman)
    Im a private candidate from Bangladesh and i just completed my O'levels. I was thinking about skipping AS levels and directly sitting for the 2018 Oct-Nov session of A'levels. Is that possible? Please give some insight asap its very important.
    Due to the new AS/A level qualifications, AS and A levels have been 'decoupled' ie. taking an AS level doesn't count towards your A-level, you can therefore take an A-level as solely an A-level without having to sit an AS-level exam after the first year you just write your A-level exams in one go at the end of two years or you can take it as an AS level, they're two separate things. I'm doing Maths, Biology and English Literature like this, and if you go onto your board's syllabus to the exam section you'll see how they've separated them into AS level and A-level without you having to sit both as they're 2 different qualifications

    Gov on new AS/A level:
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    for your biology are you doing the practicals and how much are you paying for each subject and if you are doing the practicals how much are you paying for it please do answer asap thank you because I really want to do chem and bio externally oh yes and maybe some advice about the whole thing
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    (Original post by AmbaJade)
    Due to the new AS/A level qualifications, AS and A levels have been 'decoupled' ie. taking an AS level doesn't count towards your A-level, you can therefore take an A-level as solely an A-level without having to sit an AS-level exam after the first year you just write your A-level exams in one go at the end of two years or you can take it as an AS level, they're two separate things. I'm doing Maths, Biology and English Literature like this, and if you go onto your board's syllabus to the exam section you'll see how they've separated them into AS level and A-level without you having to sit both as they're 2 different qualifications

    Gov on new AS/A level:
    are you doing practicals and how much is it costing you
 
 
 
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