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    I am currently in my last GCSE year at school. I have had a very tough time at secondary school due to previous physical and mental health issues and I have been considering enrolling in online A level courses after I finish school - most likely Biology, Psychology, and English lit. My main reasons for this are a combination of the health issues I mentioned but also because I hope to balance a small job and other commitments which I was unable to commit to due to school hours not being flexible enough.

    I am very self motivated and organised and feel confident I would be able to keep up with the work at home as I basically studied for my GCSE’s at home due to health issues last year and came out with grades A and above.

    My only problem is that I worry about the social aspect of things. I don’t have a strong friendship group at the moment so it is likely that we will lose touch after school and I was hoping to branch out and meet new people, something which is probably more likely to happen if I go to college.

    Do you have any advice on balancing a social life with online A levels? Or do you think it would be possible to half/half at college? Any other recommendations or ideas are welcome - I just want to make sure I make the best possible choice
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    (Original post by seesey)
    I am currently in my last GCSE year at school. I have had a very tough time at secondary school due to previous physical and mental health issues and I have been considering enrolling in online A level courses after I finish school - most likely Biology, Psychology, and English lit. My main reasons for this are a combination of the health issues I mentioned but also because I hope to balance a small job and other commitments which I was unable to commit to due to school hours not being flexible enough.

    I am very self motivated and organised and feel confident I would be able to keep up with the work at home as I basically studied for my GCSE’s at home due to health issues last year and came out with grades A and above.

    My only problem is that I worry about the social aspect of things. I don’t have a strong friendship group at the moment so it is likely that we will lose touch after school and I was hoping to branch out and meet new people, something which is probably more likely to happen if I go to college.

    Do you have any advice on balancing a social life with online A levels? Or do you think it would be possible to half/half at college? Any other recommendations or ideas are welcome - I just want to make sure I make the best possible choice
    Regarding the idea of half and half that seems unlikely if I’m honest but you would have to talk to the college to know for sure, in the end it’s your choice to make but it would likely be easier (and cheaper!) to study at college as there are teachers available to help you with topics you don’t understand, it will also make it easier to find new friends although I believe there are Facebook groups and similar for people who home study where you could get to know people. You say you want a job but there’s a risk that that could end up taking over especially if you homestudy as there’s not set times which you must be working.
    Another thing you need to take into account is where would you intend on sitting your exams, do you have somewhere nearby which would allow you to sit as a private candidate and how much would they charge in addition to the exam fees, also will you be able to complete the practical elements of biology? Another though to consider is if you intend on applying for uni having a college really helps as they can give you advice and references.
    I don’t want to seem as though I’m trying to put you completely off the thought of home study but they are things you should consider before going down this root, if you enroll on courses please do check the reviews though and don’t end up wasting your money with a company that won’t help with the subject.

    All the best
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    Hi ... I was in a similar friend group position and sadly I don't talk to those people any more as they pretty much dropped me when I moved for sixth form. Sadly due to the sheer size of my new sixth form I haven't made any new friends, however the change I've made to myself and personal development I don't regret. Despite my social situation I am far happier hrre and learning from teachers than if I'd considered onine because the teachers rrally do explain things well.
    I hope you can come to a decision x
 
 
 

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