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David Lee
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I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty decent job (I work with
computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some point not having
A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do my a-levels before
my brain is completely out of "study mode".

Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS first then a A? Anyone know
if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not, where can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to
working on my own. I'm studying for computing qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home
study too..

dave
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Mike James
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[q1]> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS[/q1]
first
[q1]> then a A? Anyone know if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not,[/q1]
where
[q1]> can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm studying for computing[/q1]
[q1]> qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> dave[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
You can do AS/A2 levels at home if you can get an exam center to take you. The problem is with
course work which has to be authenticated. Phone the relevant exam board and talk to them about it -
they are very helpful. An easier way is to ask if a local school etc will take you for the exam and
the course work. My son did this for Chemistry (didn't go to lessons but did go to practicals) but
did electronics 100% on his own including course work. mikej
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Matt
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You can totally do this, but I wouldn't go through the OU for A-Levels. Simply go to the this page:

http://www-icdl.open.ac.uk/courses_l...&qual_type=A/A
2/AS%20Level

And you will find a list of all the A-Levels you can study by distance learning in the UK. Listed
Alphabetically by subject, and then within that by institution.

Some require some face-to-face time, some don't. You can't take all subjects by distance learning
but you'll see that most are there.

I'm in a similar situation to yourself. I have been promoted throughout my 12 professional years and
have only been judged by my experience. I've now got to a stage where I want to be working for
global corporations at a high level, and I'm finding that I'm being overlooked due to my lack in
academic qualifications. They don't just want a BA/BSc, they're looking for an
MA/MSc. It's back to school for me!

Good luck.

Matt

[q1]> From: "David Lee" <[email protected]> Organization: Gray Dawes Reply-To: "David Lee"[/q1]
[q1]> <[email protected]> Newsgroups:[/q1]
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[q1]> 16 May 2002 11:27:24 +0100 Subject: A-Levels?[/q1]
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[q1]> I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty decent job (I work with[/q1]
[q1]> computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some point not having[/q1]
[q1]> A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do my a-levels[/q1]
[q1]> before my brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q1]
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[q1]> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS first then a A? Anyone know[/q1]
[q1]> if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not, where can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to[/q1]
[q1]> working on my own. I'm studying for computing qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home[/q1]
[q1]> study too..[/q1]
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[q1]> dave[/q1]
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Alang
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On Thu, 16 May 2002 11:27:24 +0100, "David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote:

[q1]>I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty decent job (I work with[/q1]
[q1]>computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some point not having[/q1]
[q1]>A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do my a-levels[/q1]
[q1]>before my brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]>Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS first then a A? Anyone know[/q1]
[q1]>if the OU does a-levels by home study?[/q1]

No but they do a diploma computing award for 120 points of work. That could possibly be done in a
single year but IMO would be better spread over 2.

[q1]> If not, where can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm studying for[/q1]
[q1]> computing qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]>dave[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]

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Abbie
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you could always do the same as me, i got fed up with the changes and just skipped the as/a level
stage and started with the ou. i've found their level one courses seem to be about a level standard.
hope that helps

David Lee <[email protected]> wrote in message
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[q1]> I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty[/q1]
decent
[q1]> job (I work with computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some[/q1]
[q1]> point not having A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do[/q1]
[q1]> my a-levels before my brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS[/q1]
first
[q1]> then a A? Anyone know if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not,[/q1]
where
[q1]> can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm studying for computing[/q1]
[q1]> qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> dave[/q1]
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Carrie Carrison
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In article <[email protected]>, posted to
uk.education.home-education and stamped "13:36:02, Thu, 16 May 2002", mike james
<[email protected] k> writes
[q2]>> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS[/q2]
[q1]>first[/q1]
[q2]>> then a A? Anyone know if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not,[/q2]
[q1]>where[/q1]
[q2]>> can I do a-levels at home?[/q2]

Wherever your home is :-) You don't need to be registered on a course of any kind.

[q1]>I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm[/q1]
[q2]>> studying for computing qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> dave[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q1]>You can do AS/A2 levels at home if you can get an exam center to take you.[/q1]

There is also the option of taking the exam at the 'London Open Centres' where people studying at
home can sit the exams without having to sit at a 'local centre' (i.e. school or college). Both AQA
and Edexcel run such a centre. I don't know about OCR and WJEC. These centres are exam centres only,
they only exist at exam time and don't handle anything to do with tuition or coursework.

[q1]>The problem is with course work which has to be authenticated.[/q1]

Yes, this is the main problem but it is surmountable! :-) You would need to have a close look at the
coursework requirements for your chosen subjects at the various boards, and then make sure the full
requirements for authentication are met. Note that authentication is different from supervision.

[q1]>Phone the relevant exam board and talk to them about it - they are very helpful.[/q1]

I would second this. Check out the websites and when ringing, ask for the Private Candidates
department. The subject officers are also efficient. This may sound surprising in Britain today, but
it's true. I think the reason is that boards have thousands of schools as their customers, and they
need to pay people who have a bit of sense and skill to deal with enquiries, because otherwise their
telephone lines will be completely jammed :-)

Also I'd advise an early start researching what you need! :-)

HTH

Carrie
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Matt
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The problem with the OU is that you would be looking at a 2003 start at this point. So if you then
take two years, you will be looking at completion in 2005.

I am currently looking at attending an Access course but want to supplement it with A-Level study. I
have just been informed that the success rate via DIstance Learning/Flexistudy is lower than with
those that take A-Levels via night classes.

Just my $0.02 worth.

[q1]> From: alanG <[email protected]> Organization: ntlworld News Service Newsgroups:[/q1]
[q1]> uk.education,uk.education.home-education,uk.education.misc,uk.e ducation.openun iversity Date: Thu,[/q1]
[q1]> 16 May 2002 18:08:17 +0100 Subject: Re: A-Levels?[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> On Thu, 16 May 2002 11:27:24 +0100, "David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote:[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q2]>> I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty decent job (I work with[/q2]
[q2]>> computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some point not having[/q2]
[q2]>> A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do my a-levels[/q2]
[q2]>> before my brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS first then a A? Anyone[/q2]
[q2]>> know if the OU does a-levels by home study?[/q2]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> No but they do a diploma computing award for 120 points of work. That could possibly be done in a[/q1]
[q1]> single year but IMO would be better spread over 2.[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q2]>> If not, where can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm studying for[/q2]
[q2]>> computing qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
[q2]>> dave[/q2]
[q2]>>[/q2]
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[q1]> Alan G[/q1]
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[q1]> The rule of law 'excludes the idea of any exemption of officials or others from the duty of[/q1]
[q1]> obedience to the law which governs other citizens or from the jurisdiction of the ordinary[/q1]
[q1]> tribunals' (Dicey)[/q1]
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Linda Buglass
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If you are serious about carrying on to do a degree afterwards then I would say it would definitely
best to start with the Open University level 1 courses, especially as you already have experience of
home study. The Open University will not give you any credit for A level study. Two years studying
level 1 courses or a diploma(1 level one and 1 level 2 course) is two years off the final time to
complete a degree however. Once you have a degree combined with your work experience, I don't think
employers will be interested in whether or not you have A levels.

Linda

----- Original Message ----- From: abbie <[email protected]> Newsgroups:
uk.education.openuniversity Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 6:24 PM Subject: Re: A-Levels?

[q1]> you could always do the same as me, i got fed up with the changes and just skipped the as/a level[/q1]
[q1]> stage and started with the ou. i've found their[/q1]
level
[q1]> one courses seem to be about a level standard. hope that helps[/q1]
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Linda Buglass
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I am cancelling and resending a previous message as a made a mistake about the requirements for
a diploma.

If you wish to stop at A levels then the other messages in this thread all give good advice.

If you are serious about carrying on to do a degree afterwards then I would say it would definitely
be best to start with the Open University level 1 courses, especially as you already have experience
of home study. The Open University will not give you any credit for A level study. Two years
studying level 1 courses or a diploma(1 level 2 and 1 level 3 course) is two years off the final
time to complete a degree however. It is advisable to start with level 1 courses but if you have
experience of home study plus some knowledge of the subject material you can start at a higher
level. The Open University can send a comprehensive syllabus. I have found the course advisors
extremely helpful. Once you have a degree combined with your work experience, I don't think
employers will be interested in whether or not you have A levels.

Linda

----- Original Message ----- From: abbie <[email protected]> Newsgroups:
uk.education.openuniversity Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 6:24 PM Subject: Re: A-Levels?

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[q1]> stage and started with the ou. i've found their[/q1]
level
[q1]> one courses seem to be about a level standard. hope that helps[/q1]
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"David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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[q1]> I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty[/q1]
decent
[q1]> job (I work with computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some[/q1]
[q1]> point not having A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do[/q1]
[q1]> my a-levels before my brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS[/q1]
first
[q1]> then a A? Anyone know if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not,[/q1]
where
[q1]> can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm studying for computing[/q1]
[q1]> qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> dave[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]

Why not just do an OU degree? nan
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If you're over 21, why not do a degree?

Under 21 you won't be classed as a mature student and therefore you will have to take the
traditional route. But over the age of 21 you can start a degree at most institutions and avoid the
A-level route. It will save yourself a number of years, lots of money and willnot be a drawback.

You will be accepted - I'm the admissions tutor for a degree at a West Yorkshire university. I
accept mature students without A-levels - provided the commitment is evident.

Regards

David

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"David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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[q1]> I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty[/q1]
decent
[q1]> job (I work with computers so experience counts at this stage more than quals). I know at some[/q1]
[q1]> point not having A-Levels/Degree might adversly effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do[/q1]
[q1]> my a-levels before my brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Now that they are split into AS and A levels, would I have to do an AS[/q1]
first
[q1]> then a A? Anyone know if the OU does a-levels by home study? If not,[/q1]
where
[q1]> can I do a-levels at home? I'm quite used to working on my own. I'm studying for computing[/q1]
[q1]> qualifications, and I did a couple GCSEs by home study too..[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> dave[/q1]
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My wife has done her MBA from India in Human resource , we were wondering what would be the value of
her degree in UK and if she wants to study further in this field , which course should she take. She
is more intrested in doing a job though ..

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"David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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[q1]> I dropped out of college during my a-levels and now work in a pretty[/q1]
decent
[q1]> job (I work with computers so experience counts at this stage more[/q1]
than
[q1]> quals). I know at some point not having A-Levels/Degree might[/q1]
adversly
[q1]> effect my chances of a better job, so I want to do my a-levels[/q1]
before my
[q1]> brain is completely out of "study mode".[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]

I crashed all my A-levels and went to live abroad for some years. When I came back here I just
started an OU degree (computing & Maths subjects). Now working as a software engineeer.

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