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    At age 32 I decided I could with some qualifications after dropping out of college at 17. (for ref I had 5 GCSEs B-C)

    The first question was Access or A-levels. The problems with access was it was full time meaning I could not work any day job. Also it was 3k unless you get a degree which I couldn't be sure off.

    So I looked at the A-levels which did not require any coursework or practicals and based on my own interests and knowledge narrowed it down to these four:

    Politics
    Economics
    Maths
    Environmental Science

    Needing three I decided not to do enviro science as I did not feel very relevant for my own future choices and probably not highly regarded by unis.

    I ordered a few of the books second hand of ebay/amazon for very cheap prices. After couple of months I had not made a lot of progress so I reduced my hours to part time in November so I could give myself every chance of success.

    I was making some good headway and by Jan I was looking for exams to book, this was not as easy I'd hoped. Some people had success with local colleges however everyone I tried could not help me.

    Through extensive searching and a few phone calls I found a place in Coventry who could do it for £75 an exam so £900 in total and I booked it with them. Quite disappointing considering some people on here have managed £30 an exam.

    These days there are excellent resources online, videos made by teachers on youtube and all the available past papers meant I was confident I did not need any extra help.

    In the run up to the exams I was putting in a lot more hours, probably 25 a week compared to previously about 10-12 (not inc time spent reading pop economics and politics books which I do anyway)

    The exams came and went pretty fast the place in cov (tutorandexams) was very good and I recommend them for anyone in the area.

    I got my results through of BCB which I'm happy with, could I have done better with tutor help? maybe but I'm not sure it's worth the extra £1200 it would have cost through these websites.

    It's a shame edexcel don't let UK students take their international a level exams as this could make life a lot easier. Cambridge do though they are not so open with their past papers and grade boundaries.
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    My hats off to you sir. Well done. I, for one can't imagine myself doing A Levels without any tuition or guide.




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    My hats off to you sir. Well done. I, for one can't imagine myself doing A Levels without any tuition or guide.

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    Many thanks, It's not so much the tutor and guidance I would've liked to have but more the social and competitive interaction you get from a classroom.

    Books like this
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-Econ.../dp/144414782X
    Give really detailed breakdown of where the marks were achieved for example answers.
    To help with the social side of things I followed some teachers who tweet about the subject and had some good interactions with them.
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    Thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations! That's no mean feat.
 
 
 

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