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    Hello everyone!
    So I just arrived in the UK and was wondering if it would be too hard to take the A-levels independently(chemistry, maths and further maths).
    I studied one year of mechanical engineering in Brazil, so I have a strong science background and I am very used to studying alone.
    My questions are:
    1- How does it work? Since I am not from the UK, I have no idea how the A-levels are and how I take the tests.
    2- Do I have to register somewhere?
    3- Where can I get the material to study?
    4- When do the exams take place?
    5- I found two exam boards, AQA and Edexcel, are they the same or is one better than the other?

    Thank you for you attention!

    Oh, forgot to mention: I intend to do this in one year and progress to chemical engineering.
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    (Original post by GiuDell)
    Hello everyone!
    So I just arrived in the UK and was wondering if it would be too hard to take the A-levels independently(chemistry, maths and further maths).
    I studied one year of mechanical engineering in Brazil, so I have a strong science background and I am very used to studying alone.
    My questions are:
    1- How does it work? Since I am not from the UK, I have no idea how the A-levels are and how I take the tests.
    2- Do I have to register somewhere?
    3- Where can I get the material to study?
    4- When do the exams take place?
    5- I found two exam boards, AQA and Edexcel, are they the same or is one better than the other?
    If you want to do Chemical engineering then you may need Physics A level as well - check with the universities where you are thinking of applying.

    Your Brazilian qualifications may be good enough without taking A levels so ask that too.

    4. A levels only have exams in the Summer and the main entry deadline is 21 February, though you can pay late fees (double) and enter later than that.

    2. You have to find an exam centre (=any secondary school or college) willing to let you sit the exams there. Not many centres do but there is advice on the exam boards' websites for private candidates and you can find some here too.
    The prices vary enormously between centres. The exam boards charge around £15 an exam for Maths but the admin fee the centre charges can be anything from £0 to £100 per exam.

    The Maths is relatively straight forward - 6 exams per A level. Edexcel is the most popular exam board so I'd pick that as it's easier to find a centre. For Maths you have to take 4 Pure Maths units (C1-4) plus 2 applied units. In your position I would go do Mechanics 1 (M1) plus M2 or Statistics 1 or Decision Maths 1. For Further Maths you have to take Further Pure Maths 1, at least 1 from Further Pure Maths 2 and 3 and then any other units to make you 12 in total. Maths A levels are still modular, so I'd try and do some of these this summer if you can - it gets them out of the way and just might persuade a university to accept you together with you Brazilian qualifications. You can buy specification specific textbooks (just put (e.g.) Edexcel Core Maths 1 into amazon) but there are also quite a few good websites, e.g. http://mathswebsite.com/

    Chemistry (and Physics) are more awkward for a private candidate. The specifications have just changed and you now have to take all the exams in a single exam season. The really tricky bit is that you have to do 12 specified practicals over the year and I don't know how you achieve those as a private candidate.
 
 
 
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