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    I'm thinking of taking a gap year doing alevel chemistry
    is it a very hard subject to do on your own and tuition?
    or is it manageable?
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    I think it's do-able, however, most A-Level syllabuses have a practical component to it that you cannot teach yourself and needs to be completed in a school/qualified centre.
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    I believe this depends upon how hard you are willing to work. But Chemistry is a difficult subject and has some odd concepts which can be quite abstract. Watch Youtube Videos to add to your understanding. MaChemGuy and AlleryTutors have videos on OCR Chemistry A but they can be used for all exam boards. It is really important to understand the concepts rather than learn/memorise tonnes of facts. Which exam board do you want to do and why do you want to do an A level in Chemistry during your gap year?
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    It's harder to do on your own.
    I did it with a tuition place and did the practicals there.

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    (Original post by Technetium)
    I think it's do-able, however, most A-Level syllabuses have a practical component to it that you cannot teach yourself and needs to be completed in a school/qualified centre.
    If you're talking about exams, then yes they need to be completed in a private examination centre.

    If you're talking about coursework, coursework is not allowed at home, this means external candidates cannot do a-levels with coursework elements. There has been a private examination centre which did allow controlled assesments, but i'm not to sure on the availability tbh
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    (Original post by HAnwar)
    It's harder to do on your own.
    I did it with a tuition place and did the practicals there.

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    Oh maybe i'm wrong you can do the practicals there then. Is this the ISA you're talking about ( A-Levels Chemistry is no coursework and I believe homeschoolers can't do A-Levels with coursework).
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    (Original post by elmosandy)
    If you're talking about exams, then yes they need to be completed in a private examination centre.

    If you're talking about coursework, coursework is not allowed at home, this means external candidates cannot do a-levels with coursework elements. There has been a private examination centre which did allow controlled assesments, but i'm not to sure on the availability tbh

    I'm talking about ISA/EMPA.
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    (Original post by Technetium)
    I think it's do-able, however, most A-Level syllabuses have a practical component to it that you cannot teach yourself and needs to be completed in a school/qualified centre.
    I don't think there is any coursework anymore but there are required practicals you do have to know about. Also I don't really know any places which will allow you to go to the school/intuition to do the practicals
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    (Original post by Technetium)
    I'm talking about ISA/EMPA.
    (Original post by elmosandy)
    Oh maybe i'm wrong you can do the practicals there then. Is this the ISA you're talking about ( A-Levels Chemistry is no coursework and I believe homeschoolers can't do A-Levels with coursework).
    Yeah, sorry someone posted that further up.
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    I believe this depends upon how hard you are willing to work. But Chemistry is a difficult subject and has some odd concepts which can be quite abstract. Watch Youtube Videos to add to your understanding. MaChemGuy and AlleryTutors have videos on OCR Chemistry A but they can be used for all exam boards. It is really important to understand the concepts rather than learn/memorise tonnes of facts. Which exam board do you want to do and why do you want to do an A level in Chemistry during your gap year?
    I'm really willing to work my but off for chemistry i'd like to do AQA and reason being i achieved a grade C in maths and was unable to do chemistry in my college so i carried on with the subjects - Biology Psychology and sociology, english lit
    ( Just finished AS) '
    I also realised that my grade C in maths has limited my career choices and im willing to redo maths GCSE
    Also with many of the medical courses you need chemistry that is why i'm willing to take a year out and pay and do it at home
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    (Original post by goal101)
    I don't think there is any coursework anymore but there are required practicals you do have to know about. Also I don't really know any places which will allow you to go to the school/intuition to do the practicals
    I never said anything about coursework. I was talking about the practicals - ISA/EMPA or whatever they're called these days - I doubt any school would take you on for just the practical but a local tuition centre might.
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    (Original post by HAnwar)
    It's harder to do on your own.
    I did it with a tuition place and did the practicals there.

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    I'd do it with a tuition as well and a online course would that be okay and manageable
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    (Original post by Technetium)
    I never said anything about coursework. I was talking about the practicals - ISA/EMPA or whatever they're called these days - I doubt any school would take you on for just the practical but a local tuition centre might.
    Oh I see thank you!
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    (Original post by goal101)
    I don't think there is any coursework anymore but there are required practicals you do have to know about. Also I don't really know any places which will allow you to go to the school/intuition to do the practicals
    All private examination centres should allow you to, there was a private examination centre which allowed coursework, but i'm not too sure on the reliability tbh. Just phone up and ask, 3A Tutors is a really good examination centre
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    (Original post by Technetium)
    I never said anything about coursework. I was talking about the practicals - ISA/EMPA or whatever they're called these days - I doubt any school would take you on for just the practical but a local tuition centre might.
    (Original post by goal101)
    Oh I see thank you!
    Yeah, avoid any external a-levels with coursework, you can't do then. There are distance learning providers offering one year a-level courses oxford open learning is a great provider, but will only allow two year a-level i believe.
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    (Original post by elmosandy)
    Oh maybe i'm wrong you can do the practicals there then. Is this the ISA you're talking about ( A-Levels Chemistry is no coursework and I believe homeschoolers can't do A-Levels with coursework).
    Yeah ISA, I'm not talking about coursework.

    (Original post by goal101)
    I'd do it with a tuition as well and a online course would that be okay and manageable
    If you're really dedicated then yeah it's doable.
    A2 is quite hard though, so it's better to get more tuition for that.

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    I realise this is an old thread but it just so happens that I'm in the exact same position as you! So did you manage to do the Chemistry A-Level with the practical element during your gap year and how did it go?
 
 
 
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