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    Hi,

    I'm just wondering what information there might be about finishing an incomplete Maths A-Level. I studied my first 3 modules with MEI OCR (C1, C2, M1) in Year 12 and got a B. However, my second year in sixth form ended prematurely so my Year 13 modules (C3, C4, S1) were never examined. Now I want to sit the unfinished modules in June 2016, which I presume will amount to an ordinary A-Level qualification.

    Does anybody have an experience with sitting their exams under similar circumstances? How can I arrange it so I can sit the necessary next summer? And does anybody have any further experience-based recommendations for studying A-Levels independently?

    Thank you,
    J

    P.S. The C3 module on MEI OCR has a small coursework element, which could be even more problematic.
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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    Hi,

    I'm just wondering what information there might be about finishing an incomplete Maths A-Level. I studied my first 3 modules with MEI OCR (C1, C2, M1) in Year 12 and got a B. However, my second year in sixth form ended prematurely so my Year 13 modules (C3, C4, S1) were never examined. Now I want to sit the unfinished modules in June 2016, which I presume will amount to an ordinary A-Level qualification.

    Does anybody have an experience with sitting their exams under similar circumstances? How can I arrange it so I can sit the necessary next summer? And does anybody have any further experience-based recommendations for studying A-Levels independently?

    Thank you,
    J

    P.S. The C3 module on MEI OCR has a small coursework element, which could be even more problematic.
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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    Hi,

    I'm just wondering what information there might be about finishing an incomplete Maths A-Level. I studied my first 3 modules with MEI OCR (C1, C2, M1) in Year 12 and got a B. However, my second year in sixth form ended prematurely so my Year 13 modules (C3, C4, S1) were never examined. Now I want to sit the unfinished modules in June 2016, which I presume will amount to an ordinary A-Level qualification.

    Does anybody have an experience with sitting their exams under similar circumstances? How can I arrange it so I can sit the necessary next summer? And does anybody have any further experience-based recommendations for studying A-Levels independently?

    Thank you,
    J

    P.S. The C3 module on MEI OCR has a small coursework element, which could be even more problematic.
    It is possible to complete an "unfinished" A level at any time as long as the specification is still available. Most people seem to be able to find local centres to take EXAMS at a cost of roughly £50 per exam. There is a coursework element in C3 and that will we be hard to complete as a private candidate. If you are still on good terms with your former sixth form you could ask about completing it as a private candidate there. It's not likely that other centres offering OCR-MEI would do it but you can always ask. Alternatively, you could ask the exams office at other centres about transferring your AS credit and complete the A level with a different examiner that doesn't include coursework e.g. Edexcel. Any centre that enthusiastically welcomes private candidates ought to be happy to sort this out.

    To self study A level maths I would buy text books matched to your specific examiner, do as much practice as you can possibly do and utilise the resources at www.examsolutions.net

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    It is possible to complete an "unfinished" A level at any time as long as the specification is still available. There is a coursework element in C3 and that will we be hard to complete as a private candidate. If you are still on good terms with your former sixth form you could ask about completing it as a private candidate there. It's not likely that other centres offering OCR-MEI would do it but you can always ask. Alternatively, you could ask the exams office at other centres about transferring your AS credit and complete the A level with a different examiner that doesn't include coursework e.g. Edexcel. Any centre that enthusiastically welcomes private candidates ought to be happy to sort this out.


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    I'd just add that there are lots of past papers on their website:

    http://www.mei.org.uk/alevelpapers

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    I'd just add that there are lots of past papers on their website:

    http://www.mei.org.uk/alevelpapers

    Good luck
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    And thanks to you too! Nearly got a full house here! If the tagging thing worked on two-letter usernames, I'd have had Mr M in as well!
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    I agree with everything already said. Full house achieved.
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    Thanks for the information, the real uncertainty I have is in actually arranging to sit these exams outside of sixth form, is there any guidance out there on this process? Does anyone know how much this could cost? Or how the whole process of registering for examination at a centre goes? Deadlines, etc.

    Thanks again for responding so quickly
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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    It is possible to complete an "unfinished" A level at any time as long as the specification is still available. There is a coursework element in C3 and that will we be hard to complete as a private candidate. If you are still on good terms with your former sixth form you could ask about completing it as a private candidate there. It's not likely that other centres offering OCR-MEI would do it but you can always ask. Alternatively, you could ask the exams office at other centres about transferring your AS credit and complete the A level with a different examiner that doesn't include coursework e.g. Edexcel. Any centre that enthusiastically welcomes private candidates ought to be happy to sort this out.


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    That's great information, thank you.

    Do you know anything which would prevent my finishing the course without the C3 coursework? I know it contributes towards 3-4% of the total marks, but given the awkwardness of arranging it, is there any reason why I can't skip it?

    I can't say that I'm on good terms with my old school, but I would consider speaking to them about doing the coursework there if it was the only option.
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    Thanks for the information, the real uncertainty I have is in actually arranging to sit these exams outside of sixth form, is there any guidance out there on this process? Does anyone know how much this could cost? Or how the whole process of registering for examination at a centre goes? Deadlines, etc.

    Thanks again for responding so quickly
    It's a matter of calling your local schools and colleges to find out what they do about private candidates and how much they charge, but the TSR genies, who are all exams officers and maths teachers (I think) will know more.
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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    Thanks for the information, the real uncertainty I have is in actually arranging to sit these exams outside of sixth form, is there any guidance out there on this process? Does anyone know how much this could cost? Or how the whole process of registering for examination at a centre goes? Deadlines, etc.

    Thanks again for responding so quickly
    I'd approach your old school first - they might help you.

    Alternatively the local FMSP person might help you identify a school doing MEI - I know they really support Further Maths but they do tend to know which schools are doing which exam boards.

    http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/regions
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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    That's great information, thank you.

    Do you know anything which would prevent my finishing the course without the C3 coursework? I know it contributes towards 3-4% of the total marks, but given the awkwardness of arranging it, is there any reason why I can't skip it?

    I can't say that I'm on good terms with my old school, but I would consider speaking to them about doing the coursework there if it was the only option.
    The coursework is mandatory. It is worth 20% of the c3 unit so yes it's a tiny part of the overall grade.. I've never known anyone not submit any coursework so don't know for sure what would happen if you don't. If nobody else can clarify I'd contact OCR through their website and ask.

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    I think contacting OCR is a good idea. And so is just doing the coursework I think, if I get the opportunity. I did Numerical Methods Coursework in Year 12 which is very similar to the C3 coursework.

    I guess this is at a tangent to my original queries, but since you've been so helpful, do any of you know how I might reduce the cost of the external examinations I'll be doing in June? It appears that the prices of the exams include an administrative fee from the centre, for EACH exam; I want to sit Spanish and French A-Levels, so the total number of exams is 11. My old school didn't even offer French and Spanish A-Levels so they can't help. To be honest I'm going to find the cost quite restrictive - and that's even before the cost of any tuition or materials I might need. Do you believe it's possible a local college (very local) could accept me as an external candidate so I can just pay for the exams and not the extra charges?

    If the price of just entering for examinations comes to over £1000, as I saw someone suggest elsewhere, then I'm going to find it quite disruptive of my plans. I don't want my parents to pay so much on my account and there's only so much I can earn from my part-time job. I'm prepared to pay, but I'm much more prepared not to.

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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    I think contacting OCR is a good idea. And so is just doing the coursework I think, if I get the opportunity. I did Numerical Methods Coursework in Year 12 which is very similar to the C3 coursework.

    I guess this is at a tangent to my original queries, but since you've been so helpful, do any of you know how I might reduce the cost of the external examinations I'll be doing in June? It appears that the prices of the exams include an administrative fee from the centre, for EACH exam; I want to sit Spanish and French A-Levels, so the total number of exams is 11. My old school didn't even offer French and Spanish A-Levels so they can't help. To be honest I'm going to find the cost quite restrictive - and that's even before the cost of any tuition or materials I might need. Do you believe it's possible a local college (very local) could accept me as an external candidate so I can just pay for the exams and not the extra charges?

    If the price of just entering for examinations comes to over £1000, as I saw someone suggest elsewhere, then I'm going to find it quite disruptive of my plans. I don't want my parents to pay so much on my account and there's only so much I can earn from my part-time job. I'm prepared to pay, but I'm much more prepared not to.

    Many thanks
    Any school, college or other centre that is approved by the examiner to offer exams can accept private candidates even for subjects they don't teach. The reality is that it's an admin pain for no reward so that a lot of centres won't do it. Ring round local colleges and independent schools, talk to exams offices and see who will take you. Colleges and independent schools seem more open to it than schools. Paying more than £50 per exam shouldn't be necessary though I know prices are high in some private tutorial colleges who specialise in this area.

    Good luck

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    That's exactly what I wanted to hear, there are a couple of colleges in my area so with any luck I'll be able to get entered at one of them. I'll contact my old maths teacher too, to sort out the coursework. I think as long as I get my act together and all the necessary information gathered and verified, I can ease the burden on the college enough as to stand a chance.

    I think that's all for now, thank you so much for such invaluable help gdunne, carnation and the others, I'll be able to make some real progress now.
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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    Do you know anything which would prevent my finishing the course without the C3 coursework? I know it contributes towards 3-4% of the total marks, but given the awkwardness of arranging it, is there any reason why I can't skip it?
    One fallback option if you can't find anyone willing to supervise the coursework is to see if a centre will let you enter for C3 on the understanding that you will have to submit nothing and so gain 0 for the coursework element. Obviously it's not ideal but the coursework is a small contributor to the overall grade. The other option if you can't do the coursework is to submit a transfer of credit (the deadline for this was officially 21 October but you could probably still get away with it) and transfer your AS score to a different exam board without coursework (which is most of them).
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    (Original post by PieceOfLight)
    do any of you know how I might reduce the cost of the external examinations I'll be doing in June? It appears that the prices of the exams include an administrative fee from the centre, for EACH exam; I want to sit Spanish and French A-Levels, so the total number of exams is 11. My old school didn't even offer French and Spanish A-Levels so they can't help. To be honest I'm going to find the cost quite restrictive - and that's even before the cost of any tuition or materials I might need. Do you believe it's possible a local college (very local) could accept me as an external candidate so I can just pay for the exams and not the extra charges?
    Sorting out external candidates does take a lot of time and it is quite reasonable for centres to charge for their time, expertise and facilities (you couldn't expect a pub to sell beer at cost price) but the prices centres do charge external candidates vary enormously so it is well worth ringing round a lot of places to find the best prices - some have a registration fee but then are very reasonable for unit prices. There's nothing to stop you taking exams at different centres, so if your old school will let you sit Maths (or anything else) there cheaply, do that there and then look for somewhere for the languages. However, before you commit yourself, check that none of the exams clash as then you would have to take them at the same centre so they can sort that out. Equally you can take the orals at a different centre to the written language exams if that's what works for you. Just make sure every centre enters you with the same unique candidate identifier (UCI) and unique learner number (ULN).

    You don't say where you are in the country, but the Brasshouse Centre in Birmingham specialises in languages and accepts private candidates. If you are near London then Edexcel (if you pick Edexcel as an exam board for Spanish) will conduct the Spanish oral for £25.40 if you are at a centre that doesn't otherwise offer the language http://qualifications.pearson.com/co...une%202016.pdf Unfortunately they don't offer this service for French.
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