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    at the moment im studying for my a2s and doing exams for them, i am taking a gap year after this year and my question to you is what will be the possible routes to studying an AS or possibly an A2 in one year for example chemistry as ive been interested in it, i got BB at gcse science but that was 2 years ago, would i be able to cope and pick it up ok? how would i be able to do this, i dont really want to have to go to college again so how about night school? how much will distance learning approx cost, if you got any mates that do it or give input please please do can i also say that this forum is really good for discussing homework
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    at the moment im studying for my a2s and doing exams for them, i am taking a gap year after this year and my question to you is what will be the possible routes to studying an AS or possibly an A2 in one year for example chemistry as ive been interested in it, i got BB at gcse science but that was 2 years ago, would i be able to cope and pick it up ok? how would i be able to do this, i dont really want to have to go to college again so how about night school? how much will distance learning approx cost, if you got any mates that do it or give input please please do can i also say that this forum is really good for discussing homework
    thanks in advance
    I did some distance learning and it was HARD, reason being that its very easy to get distracted at home while working and also I you dont understand something then It can be a bain to find out he answer you need without a teacher to explain. However saying that if you are commited it can be ok. Price for AS is usually about £250 and A2 is the same price so for a full Alevel £500. Usually they send you a file and tell you to buy some suggested reading and a course book. I personally think night school is a better option and is better value for money, but in all honesty nothing beats full time education for the best results.
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    (Original post by Investmentboy)
    in all honesty nothing beats full time education for the best results.
    Hmm, I'd dispute that I've been out of school since I was 13, and have done my GCSEs and A-levels by distance learning. Only once have I got a grade lower than an A - and that's in 10 GCSEs (including 7 A*s) and 5 AS-levels. You do need motivation and an ability to work on your own, but they're skills you will need to develop for uni anyway.

    Have a look at www.nec.org.uk and www.ool.co.uk to see some course options and prices - I think the NEC website also has sample material you can download. You basically receive a course folder which has pretty comprehensive coverage of the syllabus and assignments which you send off to a tutor for marking. It's fantastically flexible, you can work at your own pace and whenever suits you.

    Feel free to ask if you have any other questions?
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    (Original post by slowjamz)
    Hmm, I'd dispute that I've been out of school since I was 13, and have done my GCSEs and A-levels by distance learning. Only once have I got a grade lower than an A - and that's in 10 GCSEs (including 7 A*s) and 5 AS-levels. You do need motivation and an ability to work on your own, but they're skills you will need to develop for uni anyway.

    Have a look at www.nec.org.uk and www.ool.co.uk to see some course options and prices - I think the NEC website also has sample material you can download. You basically receive a course folder which has pretty comprehensive coverage of the syllabus and assignments which you send off to a tutor for marking. It's fantastically flexible, you can work at your own pace and whenever suits you.

    Feel free to ask if you have any other questions?
    so how much will it cost me to do an AS at nightschool approx give me some prices please and whats involved and what else i need to consider, before going to uni i will be working about 25 hours a week and would like to study
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    so how much will it cost me to do an AS at nightschool approx give me some prices please and whats involved and what else i need to consider, before going to uni i will be working about 25 hours a week and would like to study
    When I said other questions, I meant regarding distance learning :rolleyes: I have no idea about night school as I've never done it, so I suggest phoning some colleges in your area or looking for their websites - I imagine it varies between college and subject.
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    Just have a look at your local collages and see how much they charge, they should have prices on their web sites.
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    You can be in full time education and have a) lots of distractions and b) rubbish teachers. If you miss a day, or a week of college then you've missed it and you have to catch up - if youre in distance learning you get to be ill and not do any for a couple of days and then when you start up again, you've not missed out.

    As for questions, generally in my year of doing psychology via distance learning, I have not had ONE question that I couldn't find the answer for in either my textbook or folder. And I've generally been able to ask my tutor/someone working at the NEC for more broad questions about exams/coursework etc.

    The cost of an AS level in chemistry with the nec is £210.. an AS&A2 course costs £325.

    I personally had a generally positive experience with the distance learning thing, and problems that I did have were to do with my tutor (and if you do have any problems, you CAN switch..) and not the format. I found it easy to motivate myself once i worked out a plan of how much I wanted to do in a week and learnt what times I could work best at.

    One more thing - if you're in a class, sometimes people need something covered in more depth and sometimes less depth - teachers make decisions on the general consensus.. That's probably another one of my favourite things about distance learning - things that I grasped quite well, but others might not have, I was able to cover quickly..
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    I'm not planning to do it (certainly not now, anyway)... but is it possible to sit a GCSE/A level exam, submit coursework, etc. without the teaching? The teacher time and textbooks can cost a lot and I think some people are perfectly capable of doing it on their own... is it possible, and if so, how much would it cost?
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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    I'm not planning to do it (certainly not now, anyway)... but is it possible to sit a GCSE/A level exam, submit coursework, etc. without the teaching? The teacher time and textbooks can cost a lot and I think some people are perfectly capable of doing it on their own... is it possible, and if so, how much would it cost?
    Yep, it's possible - see above, I did my GCSEs and A-levels by distance learning which is effectively just teaching yourself from a book. Paying for a distance learning course is easier as you know the whole syllabus is covered, but other people I know have just got copies of the syllabus, relevant text books, and hey presto. All you need is a teacher/person in authority to mark and authenticate your coursework, and you register as an external candidate at a school in order to sit your exams. Costs would be any books or course materials you buy and then the normal exam fees.
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    What are the normal exam fees?
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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    What are the normal exam fees?
    I think AS/A2 is something like £12 per unit...? I know it varies between exam boards and occasionally subjects, but I'm pretty sure I paid between £10 and £15 for each. Some schools will charge an admin fee (the one I used charged £15 on top of exam board charges). Not too bad really, maybe check the exam board websites for specifics. (And when I did a distance learning programme that was integrated through a college and was under 16, I was counted as a student for funding purposes and so got exam sittings for free, but that's hard to come by.)
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    (Original post by slowjamz)
    I think AS/A2 is something like £12 per unit...? I know it varies between exam boards and occasionally subjects, but I'm pretty sure I paid between £10 and £15 for each. Some schools will charge an admin fee (the one I used charged £15 on top of exam board charges). Not too bad really, maybe check the exam board websites for specifics. (And when I did a distance learning programme that was integrated through a college and was under 16, I was counted as a student for funding purposes and so got exam sittings for free, but that's hard to come by.)
    you did all your gcses and a levels at home without going to school/college, you got no social life goign for you if thats the case and im only talken about doin 1 subject yes one
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    you did all your gcses and a levels at home without going to school/college, you got no social life goign for you if thats the case and im only talken about doin 1 subject yes one
    Yeah, I understand you're only talking about doing one subject. Which is why I gave you all the advice above about how to go about it (you're welcome, by the way).

    I really do not appreciate your insinuation that I have no social life - how dare you make such a presumption without knowing anything about me? I worry about you getting by in the real world if you think school is the only way to have friends! I was lucky enough to have a better social life than a lot of teenagers due to the fact I didn't have to spend all day in a classroom not being allowed to talk to the people sitting either side of me, and my evenings weren't filled with homework, and I could go out in the evenings without worrying about getting up to get to school on time. You're extremely naive and close-minded to make a comment like that with absolutely nothing to base it on.
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    well everytime I look at the username list your name is always online so it definately suggests something about ur social life , me getting by in the real world? you know so much bout me? i was allowed to talk to my friends in class it aint that strict as wot you think so dont make assumptions
    all in all if u did all your education at home and not getting out in the real world then its terrible and also ur thingy that states usually ukl justifies it
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    well everytime I look at the username list your name is always online so it definately suggests something about ur social life , me getting by in the real world? you know so much bout me? i was allowed to talk to my friends in class it aint that strict as wot you think so dont make assumptions
    all in all if u did all your education at home and not getting out in the real world then its terrible and also ur thingy that states usually ukl justifies it
    :rolleyes: Why ask for help if you're just going to throw the advice back in the person's face? She was being really nice helping you, and you go and post a load of unjustified, presumtious twaddle. Go away troll.
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    well everytime I look at the username list your name is always online so it definately suggests something about ur social life , me getting by in the real world? you know so much bout me? i was allowed to talk to my friends in class it aint that strict as wot you think so dont make assumptions
    all in all if u did all your education at home and not getting out in the real world then its terrible
    "Everytime I look at the username list" - hardly conclusive as you've been using these forums for, er, one day.

    As for not being in the "real world", for me personally not being restricted by school hours and timetables has meant a wider variety of subjects, a broader range of friends, absolutely tons of work experience at some brilliant places, opportunities to go travelling (outside of school holidays), some fun part-time jobs (eg. a bar and a youth club, so my social skills can't be too bad) and spending less time on work because of not waiting for teachers or other people to catch up, resulting in plenty of time to go out with my friends and boyfriend every day I could go on, but I don't criticise your educational choices, so why criticise mine?

    I don't want to justify this to you any more so as far as I'm concerned this conversation is over, but I'm just sorry I ever tried to help with your queries when you're so ungrateful and judgemental. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    well everytime I look at the username list your name is always online so it definately suggests something about ur social life ,
    Haha yeah.. Or it could be to do with the fact that it's the exam season and most ppl who come on here at all are on here all the time!!
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    (Original post by Ellie4)
    :rolleyes: Why ask for help if you're just going to throw the advice back in the person's face? She was being really nice helping you, and you go and post a load of unjustified, presumtious twaddle. Go away troll.
    Hehe, thanks Ellie! :rolleyes: Some people...
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    (Original post by slowjamz)
    "Everytime I look at the username list" - hardly conclusive as you've been using these forums for, er, one day.

    As for not being in the "real world", for me personally not being restricted by school hours and timetables has meant a wider variety of subjects, a broader range of friends, absolutely tons of work experience at some brilliant places, opportunities to go travelling (outside of school holidays), some fun part-time jobs (eg. a bar and a youth club, so my social skills can't be too bad) and spending less time on work because of not waiting for teachers or other people to catch up, resulting in plenty of time to go out with my friends and boyfriend every day I could go on, but I don't criticise your educational choices, so why criticise mine?

    I don't want to justify this to you any more so as far as I'm concerned this conversation is over, but I'm just sorry I ever tried to help with your queries when you're so ungrateful and judgemental. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
    if your way is so good, then why wouldnt every1 do wot u do? also i stayed on here as unregistered until i needed 2 ask a question and u an others r always on ere, all the time anyway im goin to revise now
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    (Original post by HotGuy)
    if your way is so good, then why wouldnt every1 do wot u do? also i stayed on here as unregistered until i needed 2 ask a question and u an others r always on ere, all the time anyway im goin to revise now
    I think it's really bad that you ask for information then insult a person who gave it, soley for the reason that you 'percieve' they have no social life. I mean, just because someone uses UK-L doesn't mean they don't socialise...have you seen General Chat?
 
 
 
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