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Aladdin5
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There is a point that i cant understand. most universities require that student must sit for three Alevels in one sitting. Does this mean that i should sit for the three Alevels in one session or i could sit for the three Alevels in different sessions but without resitting anyone of them?! :confused:
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(Original post by Aladdin5)
There is a point that i cant understand. most universities require that student must sit for three Alevels in one sitting. Does this mean that i should sit for the three Alevels in one session or i could sit for the three Alevels in different sessions but without resitting anyone of them?! :confused:
It just means 3 A levels in the same exam period without any retakes, not all 3 on the same day!
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I can't imagine they'd have a problem with it but you should ask the admissions tutor to be sure. When they say 'in one sitting' they just mean no-retakes, not that you have to do all your A levels at the same time. Although, why you want to do A levels at different times is a bit of a mystery to me.
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It just means 3 A levels in the same exam period without any retakes, not all 3 on the same day!
I dont mean to take them on the same day. for example could i sit for Alevel Mathematics in june 2015 and then sit for Alevel Physics and Arabic on June 2016 or i must sit for the 3 of them either in june 2015 or june 2016
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(Original post by Aladdin5)
I dont mean to take them on the same day. for example could i sit for Alevel Mathematics in june 2015 and then sit for Alevel Physics and Arabic on June 2016 or i must sit for the 3 of them either in june 2015 or june 2016
If they specify all in one sitting, they mean all in the same exam season in the same academic year.
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If they specify all in one sitting, they mean all in the same exam season in the same academic year.
This is not always the case. I spoke to a number of admission tutors about this last year (I was studying at home and could only afford to do one A level at a time), I was told that as long as I didn't re-take exams then it wasn't a problem - and their websites said 'in one sitting'. This is why the OP must speak to the admission tutors directly.
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This is not always the case. I spoke to a number of admission tutors about this last year (I was studying at home and could only afford to do one A level at a time), I was told that as long as I didn't re-take exams then it wasn't a problem - and their websites said 'in one sitting'. This is why the OP must speak to the admission tutors directly.
Yes, always a good idea. They used to mean that they were okay with resits within the usual 2 year period as long as a whole year wasn't repeated, but that was when January resits existed, so things may have changed. It also depends on the individual university. I once called Edinburgh several years ago to ask this question and they didn't seem to understand the issue with A levels having possible unit resits because the person on the end of the phone was only familiar with Scottish Highers, so you can't always guarantee to get a straight answer. My interpretation has always been that they want evidence that an applicant is capable of handling the workload required in taking 3 A levels at a time as an indication of their suitability for university level study. Obviously, there are other considerations which may make them bend the rules in some cases.
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(Original post by Snufkin)
This is not always the case. I spoke to a number of admission tutors about this last year (I was studying at home and could only afford to do one A level at a time), I was told that as long as I didn't re-take exams then it wasn't a problem - and their websites said 'in one sitting'. This is why the OP must speak to the admission tutors directly.
Often, though, exceptions will be made for applicants in a non-traditional setting, that won't be made for applicants who are following the traditional route through school and college. A lot of unis do understand that applicants studying A-levels via self study do face disadvantages and problems that students studying at school won't face. It's treated a bit like having extenuating circumstances, which would be another reason the "in one sitting" thing could be ignored.
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