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    I'd like to study Biology & Chemistry ALevel via distance learning, can anyone recommend a good site/company to do these with?

    I don't want to spend a load of money and then realise the tutors, course materials etc are no good...
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    I've just registered with the Open University and my modules formally begin next month, I did my previous two years at a standard campus university and I can honestly say that the materials (books, written info, audio etc.) provided have been really good quality and interesting and my tutors seem very approachable as I can contact them via a forum or online. The OU is fully accredited and accepted, though there are some other distance-learning institutions such as Birkbeck - University of London and the Arden University which are similar but probably less well known.
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    (Original post by llegalbeagle)
    I've just registered with the Open University and my modules formally begin next month, I did my previous two years at a standard campus university and I can honestly say that the materials (books, written info, audio etc.) provided have been really good quality and interesting and my tutors seem very approachable as I can contact them via a forum or online. The OU is fully accredited and accepted, though there are some other distance-learning institutions such as Birkbeck - University of London and the Arden University which are similar but probably less well known.
    Do you have a link to their site? So many come up under that name...
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    http://www.open.ac.uk/

    Are you from the UK? They are well known here - you have missed the registration date for this year which was around September but I believe you can start in February (depending on what you plan to study).
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    (Original post by llegalbeagle)
    http://www.open.ac.uk/

    Are you from the UK? They are well known here - you have missed the registration date for this year which was around September but I believe you can start in February (depending on what you plan to study).
    Yes, I'm from the UK - but I can't find any ALevels on their site?
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    (Original post by lauxz)
    Yes, I'm from the UK - but I can't find any ALevels on their site?
    I'm pretty sure they don't do A levels.
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    Sorry, realised I completely misread your question. I know someone who did theirs via the Open Study college and got A*-B for their results. https://www.openstudycollege.com/
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    Yep, Open Study College for sure.
    I'm doing chem with them and all material seems good and I have no major issue thus far. Notes contain everything needed and the prices aren't TOO bad, £449 per A level, in comparison to NEC for example which is much more.
    Also they're very helpful over phone.
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    (Original post by m1800)
    Yep, Open Study College for sure.
    I'm doing chem with them and all material seems good and I have no major issue thus far. Notes contain everything needed and the prices aren't TOO bad, £449 per A level, in comparison to NEC for example which is much more.
    Also they're very helpful over phone.
    You also need to factor in the cost of booking somewhere to take the exams - £200-£300 per A level seems to be the average price.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    You also need to factor in the cost of booking somewhere to take the exams - £200-£300 per A level seems to be the average price.
    In most cases quite a bit less than that actually.

    And I said that assuming the OP is aware of booking their own exams at a center. The content provided and tutor support alone is worth the money.
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    (Original post by m1800)
    In most cases quite a bit less than that actually.

    And I said that assuming the OP is aware of booking their own exams at a center. The content provided and tutor support alone is worth the money.
    A surprising number of learners don't realise they'll have to pay for the exam costs on top of the course so it's worth mentioning before anyone commits.

    If your old centre will have you back then you may be able to pay only £100-£150 but many of the places that do it commercially charge over £400. A lot of centres who accepted some private candidates in the past have stopped this year because the rules surrounding access arrangements for private candidates are very hard to comply with and they don't want to take the risk of falling foul of equality legislation. It may be only the places doing it as a business rather than out of goodwill will be left..
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    (Original post by m1800)
    In most cases quite a bit less than that actually.

    And I said that assuming the OP is aware of booking their own exams at a center. The content provided and tutor support alone is worth the money.
    Yes, I'm aware I will need to find a centre for written & practical assessments
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    (Original post by lauxz)
    Yes, I'm aware I will need to find a centre for written & practical assessments
    If you're needing to take a Science practical endorsement then expect the cost of that with the exams to be considerably more than has been quoted. It's also harder to find somewhere to take you so get looking really early. There will be cheaper places but the first place I checked on line charged £925 for the practicals and exams for a single A level.
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    Details about taking science A-levels as a private candidate are here - http://he-exams.wikia.com/wiki/Science_A-levels including details about the practical endorsement and places where you can take it - but expect to pay rather a lot of money!
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    (Original post by lauxz)
    I'd like to study Biology & Chemistry ALevel via distance learning, can anyone recommend a good site/company to do these with?

    I don't want to spend a load of money and then realise the tutors, course materials etc are no good...
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    NEC can help you with this. We can offer course materials, tutor support (which includes tutor marked assignments), a guaranteed exam place and somewhere to complete your practical endorsement.

    Take a look at our website - www.nec.ac.uk for more information, or give us a call on 0800 389 2839
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    I study A levels (including biology) with Wolsey Hall Oxford and they have been amazing so far!
 
 
 
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