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    Hello,

    I am trying to figure the best way to obtain Biology and Chemistry A level to apply to uni to study Veterinary Medicine.
    As a mature student I am looking at distance fast track courses to complete in 18 months. I would happily go to a college full time but cant find an affordable fast track course (the ones I ve seen are £5000 +). I need to complete to sit exams June 2019 so cant do the normal 2 year course (need to work as well).

    So far I know about :
    Cloudlearn
    NEC
    UK Open College

    Does anyone know which is better?
    Also what is the practical element like if anyone has done it? Do you go for 12 different assessments and what are the costs of those?

    I ve been searching for a while so any help would be greatly appreciate and hopefully this can help someone else too. Thanks!
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    (Original post by needscience2005)
    Hello,

    I am trying to figure the best way to obtain Biology and Chemistry A level to apply to uni to study Veterinary Medicine.
    As a mature student I am looking at distance fast track courses to complete in 18 months. I would happily go to a college full time but cant find an affordable fast track course (the ones I ve seen are £5000 +). I need to complete to sit exams June 2019 so cant do the normal 2 year course (need to work as well).

    So far I know about :
    Cloudlearn
    NEC
    UK Open College

    Does anyone know which is better?
    Also what is the practical element like if anyone has done it? Do you go for 12 different assessments and what are the costs of those?

    I ve been searching for a while so any help would be greatly appreciate and hopefully this can help someone else too. Thanks!
    I’ve been looking into the exact same thing!
    I can’t find the best option... I’d prefer to get face-to-face tuition but I can’t find any local colleges that offer to take mature students 😞

    Have you found anywhere?
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    Hi needscience2005,

    I was in the exact same position as you this Summer. After a long research and writing ton of emails with almost any distance learning providers out there, I guess I can say I'm somewhat an expert in this

    I'll sit my exams this Summer 2018. I had looked in all those distance learning providers you mentioned but since cost plays a huge and major role for me and as an international student they don't always provide an interest-fee installment plan. That's why I went on ahead to study my Fast Track program Biology and Chemistry with Oxford Distance College. I paid 365 each with 10% discount.

    They did offer me an 10% discount, also granted me with the very easy payment via installments. The enrollment went smoothly and really fast. Student Service and administration, so far no complaints. Although I'd be happy IF they'd do something more with the online learning program(a bit outdated and need some more improvements) but with the prices, you get what you paid for. Tutors are helpful and reply me within 3-4 days, which makes me happy and relieved as you can't really progress with your learning if you're stuck at some point.

    I like NEC, Cloudlearn and others as they seem to provide modern learning platform like interaction between students and student-tutor is also available. For ODC, you just log in and have your study material(if you want a hard copy or PDF format to print it out, you need to pay an extra...) You can pose a question to your tutor(s) and the Student Support and that's all. I'm not complaining and enjoying my courses. Although I may have to purchase some books to guide me along my journey, for ex. revision book.

    Since there's no possibility for me do the practicals, I just do my exams w/o them(will be shown on my certificates). The international school in my country that accepts external students don't accommodate private candidates these. I think since you want to study VetMed, it's most likely you've to do them.Not sure where you're located but you can check Pembrokeshire College, they offer a wide range of courses plus practical endorsements - but pretty pricey. You may check these out:

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    Learnnow UK
    Oxford Distance College
    OOL
    Distance Learning Centre
    Wolsey Hall Oxford (expensive but looks really great, I might start doing the A-Level Physics with them this March 2018)
    Openstudy College
    Stonebridge UK
    UKDLP
    NCC Homelearning




    The way I chose my course provider is to test them out; I'd email/call them and see how they respond to me. I go check their websites and get myself an overview based on what I've seen and read, if I like the design and functions on their webpage or not. Just trust your guts. What works for me, might not work for you. And maybe you might like other providers, of which I don't fancy too. Since you intend to sit the exams in Summer 2019 you still got plenty of time ahead but one thing you must consider is, the registration deadline! Some providers do have while others don't. Best ask them right away otherwise you'll be late. I had to opt for online tutor for my AL French because the course advisor didn't tell me!! But can't complain as I found an amazing native French speaker and teacher who's willing to work with me(I searched them on firsttutor)

    Hope that helps, lemme know where you decide to study and best of lucks to your study!
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    (Original post by needscience2005)
    Hello,

    I am trying to figure the best way to obtain Biology and Chemistry A level to apply to uni to study Veterinary Medicine.
    As a mature student I am looking at distance fast track courses to complete in 18 months. I would happily go to a college full time but cant find an affordable fast track course (the ones I ve seen are £5000 +). I need to complete to sit exams June 2019 so cant do the normal 2 year course (need to work as well).

    So far I know about :
    Cloudlearn
    NEC
    UK Open College

    Does anyone know which is better?
    Also what is the practical element like if anyone has done it? Do you go for 12 different assessments and what are the costs of those?

    I ve been searching for a while so any help would be greatly appreciate and hopefully this can help someone else too. Thanks!
    Of the 3 the only one that I know for sure can help with organisation of the practicals at a reasonable price is NEC.

    There are a growing number of centres offering practical endorsement for independent private candidates including
    https://www.greenes.org.uk/a-level-science-practicals/
    http://campbellharris.co.uk/external...sement-courses
    https://www.3at.org.uk/www.3at.org.uk/info.php?p=10
    https://www.englishandmaths.com/12-p...-endorsements/
    http://www.rastrick-independent.co.u...-examinations/
    http://online.pembrokeshire.ac.uk/on...icalworkshops/
    http://www.macclesfieldtutorialcolle...-requirements/
 
 
 
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