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    (Original post by Want_To_Achieve)
    In a local school
    your school? what school is it
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    (Original post by pringles321)
    yh reasonble i been quotes 400 pound for one exam
    Yeah, you got robbed
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    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    It’s not a shop. The exam board charges something like £30-50 for each entry.
    I have just checked the prices for A levels and they range from £93.20 - £129 from OCR and £85 - £141 from Edexcel. AQA aren't much different.

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    I It’s a non profit operation.
    No reason why it should be. A lot of the centres that accept private candidates run it as a business.

    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    A good idea to explain your financial situation to the exam office at the centre and see if you can access some financial help.
    I can't see any chance of that. I do work for a state school and there is no way we could legitimately use any money we have to support a miscellaneous person off the street.
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    (Original post by Want_To_Achieve)
    I plan on resitting Biology A Level and I have to pay below £60 for a resit. That is too much for a resit.
    If you're in England then someone has made a mistake on that as the exam board fee alone is more than that.
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    I have just checked the prices for A levels and they range from £93.20 - £129 from OCR and £85 - £141 from Edexcel. AQA aren't much different.


    No reason why it should be. A lot of the centres that accept private candidates run it as a business.



    I can't see any chance of that. I do work for a state school and there is no way we could legitimately use any money we have to support a miscellaneous person off the street.
    I have to pay 210 pounds per A level
    do you think thats decent
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    (Original post by sss1233)
    I have to pay 210 pounds per A level
    do you think thats decent
    I don't think it's outrageous and you probably won't find anywhere much cheaper.

    We take our former students back to re-sit stuff for far less than that but we already know all about them and they're only re-doing what we're already doing so it's very little extra work. I used to take lots of private candidates and it's surprising how much work some of them can be (hence the prices centres charge) - maybe because you have to get your head round the requirements for a spec you've never entered anyone for or maybe because they are just unreliable and inconsiderate.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    I have just checked the prices for A levels and they range from £93.20 - £129 from OCR and £85 - £141 from Edexcel. AQA aren't much different.
    So a total of £423 at most for 3 A levels?

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    No reason why it should be. A lot of the centres that accept private candidates run it as a business.
    They’re registered charities which implies that they’re doing it on a non-profit basis.

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    I can't see any chance of that. I do work for a state school and there is no way we could legitimately use any money we have to support a miscellaneous person off the street.
    I’m not saying that a “random” School would do that. I’m implying that if the OP is is entering through the same institution at which they studied their A levels, they may be entitled to have their costs met through bursary funding even if they are resitting. Even if they are a private candidate, what they are being charged is still too high even if the centre is charging top dollar for admin support.
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    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    So a total of £423 at most for 3 A levels?



    They’re registered charities which implies that they’re doing it on a non-profit basis.



    I’m not saying that a “random” School would do that. I’m implying that if the OP is is entering through the same institution at which they studied their A levels, they may be entitled to have their costs met through bursary funding even if they are resitting. Even if they are a private candidate, what they are being charged is still too high even if the centre is charging top dollar for admin support.
    will i be able to get bursary funding? how??? i am resitting the same A levels and same exam boards
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    (Original post by sss1233)
    will i be able to get bursary funding? how??? i am resitting the same A levels and same exam boards
    No chance, I'm afraid.

    However, you say you're re-sitting. I presume you have asked if your previous centre would have you back - it is likely to be much the cheapest option and many centres do accept former students even if they don't normally accept private candidates.
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    [QUOTE=Jimmyjam1972;74380472]They’re registered charities which implies that they’re doing it on a non-profit basis./QUOTE]

    Not necessarily. Some of the places that specialise in external candidates are businesses.

    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    I’m not saying that a “random” School would do that. I’m implying that if the OP is is entering through the same institution at which they studied their A levels, they may be entitled to have their costs met through bursary funding even if they are resitting.
    If they're not on roll this will not be true.

    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    IEven if they are a private candidate, what they are being charged is still too high even if the centre is charging top dollar for admin support.
    You really have no idea of the work and overheads involved, nor the consequent prices centres charge. I give up on trying to get you to appreciate reality.
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    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    You really have no idea of the work and overheads involved, nor the consequent prices centres charge. I give up on trying to get you to appreciate reality.
    As I’ve worked both for an exam board and a school I actually have a pretty good idea.

    OP- I suggest you ask your School if the bursary funding is a possibility. You may be able fund partial costs although probably not all. They may also be able to overlook the “overheads”. This may depend on the reasons why you are resitting. If you had a genuine and valid reason why you need to resist then this is more likely. If you failed first time round because you were a lazy arse, less likely.
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    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    So a total of £423 at most for 3 A levels?

    They’re registered charities which implies that they’re doing it on a non-profit basis.
    No because 3 * £141 is just the exam body's fees, not the centre. There is an additional *cost* to the centre of administering the exam, especially when some unknown person is walking in off the street to sit it.

    Registered charities also have a responsibility to generate additional income for use on their charitable (in this case, educational) activities.

    (Original post by Jimmyjam1972)
    As I’ve worked both for an exam board and a school I actually have a pretty good idea.
    When was this?
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    (Original post by sss1233)
    I have to pay 210 pounds per A level
    do you think thats decent
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    will i be able to get bursary funding? how??? i am resitting the same A levels and same exam boards
    Have you asked your original school?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Have you asked your original school?
    yeah I have
    they said they don't want any year 13 back
    can I ask them for bursary funding what should I say
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    As I’ve worked both for an exam board and a school I actually have a pretty good idea.

    OP- I suggest you ask your School if the bursary funding is a possibility. You may be able fund partial costs although probably not all. They may also be able to overlook the “overheads”. This may depend on the reasons why you are resitting. If you had a genuine and valid reason why you need to resist then this is more likely. If you failed first time round because you were a lazy arse, less likely.
    can I ask my old school for a bursury funding even though i am not resitting there? should I call them what should I say
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    (Original post by sss1233)
    yeah I have
    they said they don't want any year 13 back
    can I ask them for bursary funding what should I say
    Afaik it's unusual for a school to refuse to accommodate their own leavers.

    And re funding, I doubt it. Why would they pay for you if they won't support your resits.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    No because 3 * £141 is just the exam body's fees, not the centre. There is an additional *cost* to the centre of administering the exam, especially when some unknown person is walking in off the street to sit it.
    True- I was talking about the possibility of the OP sitting the resits in the school (it’s clear the OP was a student in a School when they took their A levels the first time)- pay attention!

    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Registered charities also have a responsibility to generate additional income for use on their charitable (in this case, educational) activities.
    Nah! They raise funds- but not at the expense of vulnerable members of society.

    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    When was this?
    Mind your own bloody business
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    True- I was talking about the possibility of the OP sitting the resits in the school (it’s clear the OP was a student in a School when they took their A levels the first time)- pay attention!

    Nah! They raise funds- but not at the expense of vulnerable members of society.
    Why is a resitting candidate, already paying (at least) £400+, a vulnerable member of society? Also, "non-profit" doesn't mean free, or worse - at a loss. £50 or so admin per subject isn't exactly top-dollar.
 
 
 
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