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    I've got an A in AS physics A last year. I'm currently in year 13 and dropped physics to a2. I regret that decision but my school won't allow me to change it. Is there any way I can take physics independently, are they any complications with the practical. If i can do it this year will i be able to do it next year during my gap year. I've hear that there will be changes to the examination process. If someone could clear that out for me i would appreciate it. Thanks
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    (Original post by _JOKER_)
    I've got an A in AS physics A last year. I'm currently in year 13 and dropped physics to a2. I regret that decision but my school won't allow me to change it. Is there any way I can take physics independently, are they any complications with the practical. If i can do it this year will i be able to do it next year during my gap year. I've hear that there will be changes to the examination process. If someone could clear that out for me i would appreciate it. Thanks
    You could teach yourself and then take the exams as a private candidate in summer 2016.
    You'll have to find a centre to take the exams and pay for them of course, typical costs are around £50 per exam. The major difficulty will be finding a centre to take the practicals, there are a few but they can be expensive.
    If you don't complete the A level in summer 2016 you'd have to take the new full linear A level exams if you decided to try it in a gap year or later.


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    You could teach yourself and then take the exams as a private candidate in summer 2016.
    You'll have to find a centre to take the exams and pay for them of course, typical costs are around £50 per exam. The major difficulty will be finding a centre to take the practicals, there are a few but they can be expensive.
    If you don't complete the A level in summer 2016 you'd have to take the new full linear A level exams if you decided to try it in a gap year or later.


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    If I decide to take in the gap year would that mean by AS won't count and are there any changes to the practicals
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    (Original post by _JOKER_)
    If I decide to take in the gap year would that mean by AS won't count and are there any changes to the practicals
    Yes if you take the new linear A level your existing AS results won't count towards the final grade. You will be tested on the full 2 years of content so will have to revise much of what you learnt in AS.
    The practicals are completely different and don't count towards the A level grade, you are just awarded a pass or fail for the assessment of practical skills.


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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    Yes if you take the new linear A level your existing AS results won't count towards the final grade. You will be tested on the full 2 years of content so will have to revise much of what you learnt in AS.
    The practicals are completely different and don't count towards the A level grade, you are just awarded a pass or fail for the assessment of practical skills.


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    I've already sent of my ucas application so if i take up a2 physics now how would that affect my application. How do i let my unis know that im doing another a2.
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    I've already sent of my ucas application so if i take up a2 physics now how would that affect my application. How do i let my unis know that im doing another a2.
    You have to inform UCAS and your university admissions staff directly
    https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...making-changes

    You should not inform them until you have decide to go ahead and have successfully made the arrangements. If you already have offers when you finally decide what to do, the conditions of the offer could be changed.

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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    You have to inform UCAS and your university admissions staff directly
    https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...making-changes


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    Ahh right thanks for your help.
 
 
 
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