(Original post by alohalily)
Hi, this September i'm going to college to study BTEC Performing Arts (not sure if level 2 or 3 yet) but i want to do A -Levels at home and was wondering how i would go about self-teaching + if anyone had any advice?
I'm looking at Creative Writing and either Psychology or Sociology, any help would be appreciated
It's possible, but difficult. If your chosen subjects have any coursework, it'll become impossible, as without significant teacher support, resources and moderation, you wouldn't be able to complete that aspect of the course, and without timetabled lessons, you wouldn't have that support. I'd be surprised if Creative Writing didn't have coursework, so choosing that would complicate things!
If they're exam-only, then it's more possible. You'd need to discuss it with your college as that's where you'd be sitting the exams, and they'd need to enter you for them. You'd also need to find out which specification they use, as that's the one you'll need to complete. If they don't agree to enter you for the exams, you could ask another college, but that would complicate things further.
As for learning the content, that should be pretty straightforward if there are official textbooks for your course. But there are still issues - firstly, the fact that your college won't let you officially take them suggests that you simply won't have time. Is the BTEC the equivalent of several A levels? If so, you'll struggle to fit in studying for your A levels - and they're a lot
more difficult than GCSEs. Additionally, even when subjects are only exam-based, there's still the issue of technique; knowledge is only half the battle. Without teacher support, you'll find it almost impossible to get your essay technique correct, as the textbooks won't help with that. Most students taking the course will have completed dozens of practice questions in class, so by the time of the exam they know everything and they'll have perfected their essay skills (which will be different for each subject, especially for Creative Writing). Without teacher support, you'll struggle regarding essays.
Basically, you need your college to enter you for your exams and provide some teacher support - not necessarily timetabled lessons, but at the very least opportunities for feedback and to get your work marked. Self-learning multiple full A levels is very difficult, and even more so with essay subjects, as there aren't straightforward, correct answers. If all goes well when discussing it with your college, you still need to consider timing, as your BTEC will likely consume a lot of your time, not necessarily providing you with enough time to study for A levels.