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    (Original post by Sarah.Hunter96)
    Not yet but we're nearing the end of it It's pretty tough going in regards to the sheer amount you have to cover. As for the pre released article I'm not sure about that. I wasn't even aware that was thing XD
    Yeah Biology is a very intensive course which requires you to be able to recall almost anything! As long as you have been keeping up with the work and making notes as you've been going along you'll be fine!

    Oh I see, perhaps the layout of the OCR exam board is different from Edexcel so you probably don't get given such a thing! So please don't panic, I'm sure your teacher/s would have told you by now if you need it for the exams anyway.
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Yeah Biology is a very intensive course which requires you to be able to recall almost anything! As long as you have been keeping up with the work and making notes as you've been going along you'll be fine!

    Oh I see, perhaps the layout of the OCR exam board is different from Edexcel so you probably don't get given such a thing! So please don't panic, I'm sure your teacher/s would have told you by now if you need it for the exams anyway.
    Yeah you definitely need a good memory Hopefully I'll be ok, we've been doing practice test all throughout the year for revision. Also, you'd think they would've told us but my college isn't best known for being organised so you never know XD
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    (Original post by Sarah.Hunter96)
    Yeah you definitely need a good memory Hopefully I'll be ok, we've been doing practice test all throughout the year for revision. Also, you'd think they would've told us but my college isn't best known for being organised so you never know XD
    So is it just A-level Biology you're studying then? What made you decide to study?
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    Hey everyone.

    I'm 25, currently considering taking up AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics next year.
    I already have three A-Levels from 2010 (Business (A), French (A) and Politics (C)), and a degree from 2014 in BA French (2:1), but have now decided to take my life on a different trajectory after a bit of life experience.

    It's surprising and reassuring to see so many other people taking A-Levels later in life.
    For all those of you studying Sciences, are any of you entirely self-teaching? I've considered this option but I don't quite understand how it would work with the practical elements you need to get signed off.

    If possible I'd prefer to self-teach so that I can work part-time at the same time (to pay rent), but if this isn't an option I will begrudgingly go back to college full-time.

    Also, I thought the option of doing both AS & A2 in the same year was no longer possible due to the elimination of the January exam sitting, is this not the case?
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    Hey everyone.

    I'm 25, currently considering taking up AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics next year.
    I already have three A-Levels from 2010 (Business (A), French (A) and Politics (C)), and a degree from 2014 in BA French (2:1), but have now decided to take my life on a different trajectory after a bit of life experience.

    It's surprising and reassuring to see so many other people taking A-Levels later in life.
    For all those of you studying Sciences, are any of you entirely self-teaching? I've considered this option but I don't quite understand how it would work with the practical elements you need to get signed off.

    If possible I'd prefer to self-teach so that I can work part-time at the same time (to pay rent), but if this isn't an option I will begrudgingly go back to college full-time.

    Also, I thought the option of doing both AS & A2 in the same year was no longer possible due to the elimination of the January exam sitting, is this not the case?
    hows chemistry
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    (Original post by bigmansouf)
    hows chemistry
    sorry?
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    (Original post by midlandic_boy)
    Hey everyone.

    I'm 25, currently considering taking up AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics next year.
    I already have three A-Levels from 2010 (Business (A), French (A) and Politics (C)), and a degree from 2014 in BA French (2:1), but have now decided to take my life on a different trajectory after a bit of life experience.

    It's surprising and reassuring to see so many other people taking A-Levels later in life.
    For all those of you studying Sciences, are any of you entirely self-teaching? I've considered this option but I don't quite understand how it would work with the practical elements you need to get signed off.

    If possible I'd prefer to self-teach so that I can work part-time at the same time (to pay rent), but if this isn't an option I will begrudgingly go back to college full-time.

    Also, I thought the option of doing both AS & A2 in the same year was no longer possible due to the elimination of the January exam sitting, is this not the case?
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all under the new linear A levels which means any exams you sit at AS won't count towards your final grade at A2. Theoretically this means you are still able to sit the full A-level in one year but that'll mean a lot of hard work! Also the practicals don't affect your overall grade either, but it will be noted on your certificate whether you are awarded the full practical-endorsement or not (depending on if you physically sit the practicals at an exam centre/learning provider). If you choose to do the practicals as an external candidate then expect huge costs to be involved. I wouldn't suggest doing practicals for all 3 science subjects as this will cost a ridiculous amount.

    I'm self-teaching A level Biology and will be sitting my exams this June. I've opted against doing the practicals so I won't be awarded the full endorsement. The downside to this is that some universities won't accept me if I choose to go ahead and apply to STEM subjects or health related degrees. But as I'm doing A-levels "casually" it's not a huge concern for me at the moment. I just want to see what grades I'm capable of achieving first.

    I hope this helps! If you have any further questions then please don't hesitate to post of this thread!


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    hows chemistry
    I think you may have misread midlandic_boy 's comment. He is considering taking A-levels.
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    (Original post by midlandic_boy)
    Hey everyone.

    I'm 25, currently considering taking up AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics next year.
    I already have three A-Levels from 2010 (Business (A), French (A) and Politics (C)), and a degree from 2014 in BA French (2:1), but have now decided to take my life on a different trajectory after a bit of life experience.

    It's surprising and reassuring to see so many other people taking A-Levels later in life.
    For all those of you studying Sciences, are any of you entirely self-teaching? I've considered this option but I don't quite understand how it would work with the practical elements you need to get signed off.

    If possible I'd prefer to self-teach so that I can work part-time at the same time (to pay rent), but if this isn't an option I will begrudgingly go back to college full-time.

    Also, I thought the option of doing both AS & A2 in the same year was no longer possible due to the elimination of the January exam sitting, is this not the case?
    If you plan to do something with those A-levels is best to do the practicals as well, since most universities require them as it became a thing as part of the linear science A-levels. Also it will help you be able to answer exam questions about them.
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    Hi everyone, how's the studying going?
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    (Original post by Student1914)
    If you plan to do something with those A-levels is best to do the practicals as well, since most universities require them as it became a thing as part of the linear science A-levels. Also it will help you be able to answer exam questions about them.
    Yeah I'd definitely do the practicals.
    I just wish colleges offered evening or weekend classes so I could be more flexible with having to work alongside doing them! I'd gladly go back to college and do normal AS/A2 levels alongside working.
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    (Original post by midlandic_boy)
    Yeah I'd definitely do the practicals.
    I just wish colleges offered evening or weekend classes so I could be more flexible with having to work alongside doing them! I'd gladly go back to college and do normal AS/A2 levels alongside working.
    Hope my comment above helped you!
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all under the new linear A levels which means any exams you sit at AS won't count towards your final grade at A2. Theoretically this means you are still able to sit the full A-level in one year but that'll mean a lot of hard work! Also the practicals don't affect your overall grade either, but it will be noted on your certificate whether you are awarded the full practical-endorsement or not (depending on if you physically sit the practicals at an exam centre/learning provider). If you choose to do the practicals as an external candidate then expect huge costs to be involved. I wouldn't suggest doing practicals for all 3 science subjects as this will cost a ridiculous amount.

    I'm self-teaching A level Biology and will be sitting my exams this June. I've opted against doing the practicals so I won't be awarded the full endorsement. The downside to this is that some universities won't accept me if I choose to go ahead and apply to STEM subjects or health related degrees. But as I'm doing A-levels "casually" it's not a huge concern for me at the moment. I just want to see what grades I'm capable of achieving first.

    I hope this helps! If you have any further questions then please don't hesitate to post of this thread!



    I think you may have misread midlandic_boy 's comment. He is considering taking A-levels.
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    sorry?
    sorry i thought you were doing it now any way
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all under the new linear A levels which means any exams you sit at AS won't count towards your final grade at A2. Theoretically this means you are still able to sit the full A-level in one year but that'll mean a lot of hard work! Also the practicals don't affect your overall grade either, but it will be noted on your certificate whether you are awarded the full practical-endorsement or not (depending on if you physically sit the practicals at an exam centre/learning provider). If you choose to do the practicals as an external candidate then expect huge costs to be involved. I wouldn't suggest doing practicals for all 3 science subjects as this will cost a ridiculous amount.

    I'm self-teaching A level Biology and will be sitting my exams this June. I've opted against doing the practicals so I won't be awarded the full endorsement. The downside to this is that some universities won't accept me if I choose to go ahead and apply to STEM subjects or health related degrees. But as I'm doing A-levels "casually" it's not a huge concern for me at the moment. I just want to see what grades I'm capable of achieving first.

    I hope this helps! If you have any further questions then please don't hesitate to post of this thread!



    I think you may have misread midlandic_boy 's comment. He is considering taking A-levels.
    i do want to ask do russell group universities prefer practical endorsement
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    I want to. I want to go back and do Maths and Physics but I feel like I need a private tutor, or a friend that's done them to help me through
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    (Original post by bigmansouf)
    i do want to ask do russell group universities prefer practical endorsement
    I'm pretty sure this depends on what subject you are hoping to study at university. Your best bet is to contact the universities you are interested in studying at!

    (Original post by EdwardBarfield9)
    I want to. I want to go back and do Maths and Physics but I feel like I need a private tutor, or a friend that's done them to help me through
    There are always people on The Student Room that will be willing to help you out for A-level Maths. But Physics would definitely be worth investing in a tutor.

    Will you be working if you decide to study these A-levels?
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    How's the studying going everyone?
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    If not whilst at uni, most likely

    [QUOTE=There are always people on The Student Room that will be willing to help you out for A-level Maths. But Physics would definitely be worth investing in a tutor.

    Will you be working if you decide to study these A-levels?[/QUOTE]
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    (Original post by EdwardBarfield9)
    If not whilst at uni, most likely
    Wait, you're thinking of doing two A-levels either whilst you're at university or whilst working?
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Wait, you're thinking of doing two A-levels either whilst you're at university or whilst working?
    I plan to at least start them whilst I'm at uni. The upside of doing it outside of Sixth Form is that I can take my time learning the information instead of the two years I would have had at sixth form
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    (Original post by EdwardBarfield9)
    I plan to at least start them whilst I'm at uni. The upside of doing it outside of Sixth Form is that I can take my time learning the information instead of the two years I would have had at sixth form
    So you're going to spread your A-levels out longer than 2 years?
 
 
 
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