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    Hi every1. Basically i'm doing a couple of a levels on my own (maths, physics, +1more) and this new linear format has me a lil confused. I heard that the AS exams are not considered towards ur final grade. My question is does that mean you will still be examined at AS? Can u skip it? As a private candidate does it have any value? How do predicted grades work in my circumstance?
    Any help would be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by LordFifth)
    Hi every1. Basically i'm doing a couple of a levels on my own (maths, physics, +1more) and this new linear format has me a lil confused. I heard that the AS exams are not considered towards ur final grade. My question is does that mean you will still be examined at AS? Can u skip it? As a private candidate does it have any value? How do predicted grades work in my circumstance?
    Any help would be much appreciated!
    AS is nothing to do with it and is a separate qualification.

    A2 means you are examined on 2 years work and 100% of the marks are awarded in the exams at 2 years.
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    AS is nothing to do with it and is a separate qualification.

    A2 means you are examined on 2 years work and 100% of the marks are awarded in the exams at 2 years.
    So does that mean u can take the AS exam if u want? and also is there any benifit in doing so?
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    (Original post by LordFifth)
    So does that mean u can take the AS exam if u want? and also is there any benifit in doing so?
    You can take the AS but it doesn’t go toward the full A Level, but I guess it’s practice for the style of questions. I’d recommend saving your money and just doing the full A Level.

    Note that the AS content is part of the full A Level (so should/ must be learned)
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    (Original post by LordFifth)
    So does that mean u can take the AS exam if u want? and also is there any benifit in doing so?
    You can do the AS exams if you want. Taking them would give you motivation for study and revision, valuable exam practice and some evidence to back up full A level grade predictions. On the down side, there will be a financial cost and if you don't do well in them that could undermine the realism of high predictions for final grades.

    Have you looked at the cost and time issues of completing the endorsement of practical skills for physics? Although it is just pass/fail and doesn't affect your A level grade, most universities require a pass. You can expect to pay around £1000+ for the physics practicals and exams and there are not that many centres offering it.
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    (Original post by LordFifth)
    So does that mean u can take the AS exam if u want? and also is there any benifit in doing so?
    If you or your school are willing to pay for it.

    Not all exam subjects are linear yet, but most are.

    Its a separate qualification, bit its usefulness is much diminished and many schools have dropped them altogether. They now go off predicted grades.

    A small % of Unis take AS level or ask for one in addition to three A levels, but its a handful. I think and epq is better.
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    You can do the AS exams if you want. Taking them would give you motivation for study and revision, valuable exam practice and some evidence to back up full A level grade predictions. On the down side, there will be a financial cost and if you don't do well in them that could undermine the realism of high predictions for final grades.

    Have you looked at the cost and time issues of completing the endorsement of practical skills for physics? Although it is just pass/fail and doesn't affect your A level grade, most universities require a pass. You can expect to pay around £1000+ for the physics practicals and exams and there are not that many centres offering it.
    Don't you apply to uni with predicted grades? If i don't take the AS exam would i have to wait till the following year after i get my results?
    As for the practical endorsement, I've just got to save up and pay for it...there's nothing more that can be done. Thx for the advice tho
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    I’m just started my a-levels too and what I’ve gathered is that we’ll have internal examinations in our college in the style of how it would have been with AS. If we get below a D, we have to retake the first year BUT it doesn’t actually count for anything. Then at the end of the two years, we have to do 2 years worth of content. Sigh
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    (Original post by LordFifth)
    Don't you apply to uni with predicted grades? If i don't take the AS exam would i have to wait till the following year after i get my results?
    As for the practical endorsement, I've just got to save up and pay for it...there's nothing more that can be done. Thx for the advice tho
    Yes you apply with predicted grades but if you are doing them on your own then you and the person who writes your reference will discuss what those predictions will be. Universities are used to seeing applications from candidates taking A levels independently.
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    A2 means you are examined on 2 years work and 100% of the marks are awarded in the exams at 2 years.
    Technically there is no such thing as A2 for linear A levels - it was the second half of a modular A level. There is just AS and A level.
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    Technically there is no such thing as A2 for linear A levels - it was the second half of a modular A level. There is just AS and A level.
    Yep its just shorthand for referring to that year.
 
 
 

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