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Next year I will be starting my degree but I still want to get a biology a level. Is it possible to self teach yourself a A level at home and how would it work with the new spec? Also I should mention I did do bio as last year but I got a D, I feel like I would be able to teach myself the AS material because I've already been taught it, but how hard would it be to teach myself the A2 material?
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It is possible to study any A level at home, you can either do it completely by yourself (using books, and free online resources) or you can do it via a distance learning provider, which does cost a fair amount of money. I know that the National Extension College does a distance learning Biology A level (new spec), and there are probably others too. Doing it alone will be hard, but not impossible.
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It is possible to study any A level at home, you can either do it completely by yourself (using books, and free online resources) or you can do it via a distance learning provider, which does cost a fair amount of money. I know that the National Extension College does a distance learning Biology A level (new spec), and there are probably others too. Doing it alone will be hard, but not impossible.
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Next year I will be starting my degree but I still want to get a biology a level. Is it possible to self teach yourself a A level at home and how would it work with the new spec? Also I should mention I did do bio as last year but I got a D, I feel like I would be able to teach myself the AS material because I've already been taught it, but how hard would it be to teach myself the A2 material?
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Snufkin rightly points out that you can either study yourself or use a distance learning course like ours. If you do study on your own you need to consider whether the spec your studying has coursework as this will be difficult to complete as a private candidate. Also your AS wont be compatible with the new spec so you will probably need to go over the whole A level to make sure you are ready for the exams. The new A levels aren't split into AS and A2 now, you just sit all your 'A level' exams in one session.

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Snufkin rightly points out that you can either study yourself or use a distance learning course like ours. If you do study on your own you need to consider whether the spec your studying has coursework as this will be difficult to complete as a private candidate. Also your AS wont be compatible with the new spec so you will probably need to go over the whole A level to make sure you are ready for the exams. The new A levels aren't split into AS and A2 now, you just sit all your 'A level' exams in one session.

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Why does the course with the national extension college cost so much money?
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Why does the course with the national extension college cost so much money?
It's a business, they want to make money. But as far as I can tell, the specification the NEC use doesn't have coursework so there's nothing stopping you doing that same specification yourself.
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Next year I will be starting my degree but I still want to get a biology a level. Is it possible to self teach yourself a A level at home and how would it work with the new spec? Also I should mention I did do bio as last year but I got a D, I feel like I would be able to teach myself the AS material because I've already been taught it, but how hard would it be to teach myself the A2 material?
I didn't find A2 biology to be much of a step up from AS, although I did the old spec. You shouldn't have too much trouble, it's definitely a subject that can be learned just from books.
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It's a business, they want to make money. But as far as I can tell, the specification the NEC use doesn't have coursework so there's nothing stopping you doing that same specification yourself.
Last year the AS consisted of 2 exams and and a practical exam. By no course work do you mean there would be no practicals?
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By no course work do you mean there would be no practicals?
I guess that's what it means. Phone Edexcel and ask them to confirm.
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I guess that's what it means. Phone Edexcel and ask them to confirm.
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Why does the course with the national extension college cost so much money?
NEC is an educational charity so our aim isn't to make money from our students! We want to provide the opportunity for people to study who can't attend regular school or college. You will get learning materials specifically written for distance learning which includes videos, podcasts and ebooks and the support of a tutor who specialises in your chosen subject. NEC can also guarantee exam sittings at 10 centres across the country.
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