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Reply 1
If I were to do 4 A-levels including Maths, F.Maths, Physics and Chemistry, approximately how much would it cost to purchase course texts for the duration of 2 years? If schools sell you the books, will it be at a discount? and by how much?
Reply 2
Some schools will loan you textbooks for the year, like mine did.
Reply 3
or www.amazon.co.uk have quite a good second hand textbook scheme where you can buy second hand books for sometimes as little as £2. A textbook normall costs between £10-£15, you will probably need two for each science (one for AS one for A2) and possibly more than 6 in maths, depending on how your teacher chooses, but normally a maths textbook covers one or two modules.
Reply 4
I have one textbook per module in Maths but they are only £5-10 me thinks, but I suppose that would build up if you do further maths.
Reply 5
All my textbooks were provided for maths, phys, chem and biology the only ones i bought were sum extra ones for maths where they were bout £10 each, but i think thats fairly cheap
Reply 6
A lot of schools will lend you the books that you need, at mine we had to pay a £20 deposit at the beginning of the year and then return all our books at the end.

Also check out your local library most have a good collection of a-level textbooks/ revision books as well as seperate books covering some of the topics that you will be studying.

The only books I bought during my first year were 2 chemistry revision books, and that was because I was failing badly- but be warned they can be quite expensive, each book was £10.

And before I forget second hand book stores/ charity shop are also worth a try, as former students often donate their books once they've completed their A-levels.
Pegasus

And before I forget second hand book stores/ charity shop are also worth a try, as former students often donate their books once they've completed their A-levels.


yes a lot of second hand bookshops sell the more common textbooks..
one shop i go to has a huge section of text books because it is down the road from a university..
Reply 8
i had to buy 3 textbooks each for bio and chem over two years, costing between £9-16 each. for geography and music the school loaned the books free of charge, and for general studies you could pay a deposit if £10 or buy the book form the school for £8. it did really feel like it was adding up at the time but i have just sold all of mine to year 12 at school and got £45 including the deposit, so it's quite a good little money spinner!

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