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    Hi,


    My story is quite long and complicated, so I'm not going to post it here, but...

    I'm a mature student from the EU and I'm going to apply to Cambridge and UCL to study English. I have a level 3 qualification from my former high school, but not in English literature, so it's the only A-level I need. I've been contacting British councils and international schools in neighbouring countries (our British Council is not really helpful and our international schools don't take private candidates) and managed to find a centre where I'll be able to take the exam next summer. I'm preparing for it with the help of a tutor and lots of wider reading. Is there anyone here who took/is thinking of taking and English A-level privately for whatever reason? If so, how are you preparing for it? How are you going to do the coursework? If you haven't taken English at school, are you thinking of taking the AS level exam too, or just the A-level?


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    (Original post by dorababy1995)
    I'm a mature student from the EU and I'm going to apply to Cambridge and UCL to study English. I have a level 3 qualification from my former high school, but not in English literature, so it's the only A-level I need. I've been contacting British councils and international schools in neighbouring countries (our British Council is not really helpful and our international schools don't take private candidates) and managed to find a centre where I'll be able to take the exam next summer.How are you going to do the coursework? If you haven't taken English at school, are you thinking of taking the AS level exam too, or just the A-level?Thanks!
    Have you asked if Cambridge would consider you as a serious candidate with only 1 A level? I'd talk to them before doing this.

    Which exam board are you going to study with?
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    Have you asked if Cambridge would consider you as a serious candidate with only 1 A level? I'd talk to them before doing this.

    Which exam board are you going to study with?

    Either CIE or Edexcel, depending on which centre I will choose to take the exam at. (I got two positive replies)
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    Read this:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...7#post65282257

    I've only just found out that one of the centres offers Edexcel exams, not CIE.
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    (Original post by dorababy1995)
    Either CIE or Edexcel, depending on which centre I will choose to take the exam at. (I got two positive replies)
    I don't know much about CIE - it's an international exam board so not one much used in England as its domestic equivalent (OCR) is used instead. With Edexcel there may be a problem with getting the coursework marked - in general this has to be done by the entering centre and it is very hard to find a centre willing to do this in the UK. Here we get round it by using the AQA board as they are wiling to mark external candidates' work but they don't really operate abroad. I'd try asking the possible centres how they'd deal with this before you pick one as it could be a deal breaker.
 
 
 
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