Do I have to pay to enter myself in AS levels Watch

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Hi, I’m considering leaving my sixthform this year ( in year 12) but want to take my As levels before I leave. My teacher said that the deadline for the AS entry has already passed and I would have to enter myself. Apparently I have to pay £80 per paper to enter ? Is this correct ? Other students are being told to enter for AS levels by teachers because they don’t have good predicted grades but this is my own choice.
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(Original post by kayleighbonacci)
Hi, I’m considering leaving my sixthform this year ( in year 12) but want to take my As levels before I leave. My teacher said that the deadline for the AS entry has already passed and I would have to enter myself. Apparently I have to pay £80 per paper to enter ? Is this correct ? Other students are being told to enter for AS levels by teachers because they don’t have good predicted grades but this is my own choice.
Ask the poster Compost on this one as she is an exam officer or GDUNNE42 or Muttley not sur what his full username is.

Its common for where you cease to be a student, then you are on your own to sort out your own exams. I dont know if thats to do with funding. I have seen people posting about schools asking for a refund of the exam fees.

However if you didnt tell them till after you sat the exams and left in the summer, then am not sure if they would try and bill you for it.

If you have to sort it out yourself, then that is going to cost you c £100 per AS or more if the very late fee applies and the exam centre expense, which is the charge to use their premises, admin and invigilation. That could mean £200 per AS.

So you could not tell the school and then see if they bill you after the exams.
Tell the school and agree to pick up the cost and hopefully they let you sit there plus waive the invigilation fee.
Sort out a private exam centre quickly, which is expensive and hassle.
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Hi, I’m considering leaving my sixthform this year ( in year 12) but want to take my As levels before I leave. My teacher said that the deadline for the AS entry has already passed and I would have to enter myself. Apparently I have to pay £80 per paper to enter ? Is this correct ? Other students are being told to enter for AS levels by teachers because they don’t have good predicted grades but this is my own choice.
Given that it's now not a requirement to sit AS level exams in order to achieve the A Level that may well be the case. If your sixth form doesn't always enter students for AS levels, then it's likely they'd pass this extra cost on to you.

You can find deadlines and paper costs on the exam board websites as it does vary between subjects.

For example for AQA the deadline for entries was 21 February.
The entry fee for Chemistry AS is £49.25. For late entry after 21 Feb you pay the entry fee twice (1 x entry, 1 x entry as late fee = £98.50). For very late entry after 21 April you'd pay the entry fee 2.5 times (original entry fee plus 1.5x entry fee as a late fee = £123.12)

So £80 per paper is probably a conservative estimate. You could argue it with the school - perhaps say you'll pay the late fee portion but they should cover the entry fee - but I'm not even sure there's any obligation for them to enter you under the new A Level system. Hopefully, as the poster above said, someone more knowledgeable can answer on that!
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(Original post by kayleighbonacci)
Hi, I’m considering leaving my sixthform this year ( in year 12) but want to take my As levels before I leave. My teacher said that the deadline for the AS entry has already passed and I would have to enter myself. Apparently I have to pay £80 per paper to enter ? Is this correct ? Other students are being told to enter for AS levels by teachers because they don’t have good predicted grades but this is my own choice.
AS exams are optional. Unless the school decides they want you to take the exams and agree to pay for them it would be normal to charge you the exam fees for those you choose to take. You have missed the normal entry deadline so yes the fees are much higher than they would have been last month and will increase further if you delay beyond the late entry date. AS exam fees vary by examiner and subject. For edexcel as an example they are in the range approx £50-100 per full AS, £100-200 for a late entry and £150-300 if you miss the 21/4 very late deadline. A centre may make additional charges for private candidate entries to cover admin, facilities and invigilation costs.
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