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Hi all,

Can anyone provide my with any useful information or links in relation to the below;


I want to take 4 full A-Levels. Maths, Further Maths, Physics and computer Science.

1. The Advanced Learner Loan states I can take A-Levels with this. Are A-Levels the same as BTEC courses? Are A-Levels Level 3? If so, what is Level 4, 5 and 6 - what Level does university start at for example.

2. I’m finding it hard to find colleges offering A-Levels within my area. Is it best to pay for private tuition? If so, does the Advanced Learner Loan cover private tuition? I need the tuition but finding it hard to find colleges providing A-Levels.

3. Oxford University are asking for A-Levels etc for their entry requirements. It also mentions IB. Does this mean I have to do the IB programme as well with my A-Levels?

Thanks for all your help in advance!
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1. A levels are all level 3. Btec's come in a range of levels, however this would be specified, i.e. level 3 Btec Performance Arts, which is equivalent to 3 A levels when passed. They are all means of Further Education, A levels, Btecs level 3, Advanced Apprenticeships, T levels, IB. Levels are just how qualifications are measured. For instance, GCSE Pass grades are considered level 2, A level Pass grades are considered level 3, 1st year Bachelor's programme is level 4, 2nd (sometimes 3rd) year level 5, a completed Bachelor's programme is level 6, and so on. I'll attach two useful links outlining these below.

2. Are you in the UK? A levels are offered in England, Wales and NI, and there should be at least 1 institution in your local area that can offer them. In Scotland students do Highers. I'm not sure what ALL covers and doesn't cover. You could do private tuition, you could do online school, there are many options, however I would generally advice to find a school that offers them or do online. However, I'm not an expert at this.

3. IB stands for International Baccalaureate. It's just a different qualification you can take which is equivalent to A levels. No, you either do A levels or you do IB. They're graded differently and focus on different aspects, it really depends on what suits you best.

Gov page on Advanced learner loan: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/what-youll-get

Gov page on qualification levels: https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qu...ication-levels

More detailed site on qualification levels (Note a number of qualifications are not mentioned, just the traditional ones): http://iell.co.uk/what-does-a-univer...el-3456-and-7/
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Thank you so so much for your help, it’s much appreciated and yes i’m in England. I’ll check out your links now and do some more research with regards to A-Levels and institutions. Thanks again, great information!
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Thank you so so much for your help, it’s much appreciated and yes i’m in England. I’ll check out your links now and do some more research with regards to A-Levels and institutions. Thanks again, great information!
Sounds good If you're in England and live close to a city or large town there should be some schools that offer them.
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Hi all,

Can anyone provide my with any useful information or links in relation to the below;


I want to take 4 full A-Levels. Maths, Further Maths, Physics and computer Science.

1. The Advanced Learner Loan states I can take A-Levels with this. Are A-Levels the same as BTEC courses? Are A-Levels Level 3? If so, what is Level 4, 5 and 6 - what Level does university start at for example.

2. I’m finding it hard to find colleges offering A-Levels within my area. Is it best to pay for private tuition? If so, does the Advanced Learner Loan cover private tuition? I need the tuition but finding it hard to find colleges providing A-Levels.

3. Oxford University are asking for A-Levels etc for their entry requirements. It also mentions IB. Does this mean I have to do the IB programme as well with my A-Levels?

Thanks for all your help in advance!
1. A levels and equivalent courses are Level 3. Levels 4 is first year undergrad, and you can probably work the rest out yourself.

2. A levels done privately are very expensive and nigh impossible to do at college if you're over 18 (i.e. not at a VIform college). This is a result of the government not funding FE properly any longer. You'd might want to look into an Access course instead, which is a taught one-year course designed to enable access to university for mature learners - those being not direct school leavers. Best of all, an Access course is free so long as you go on to study at HE. Oxford won't accept an Access course, but there's a million-and-one other universities to look at.

2. Your AtL loan cannot be used for private tuition, no.

3. IB is an alternative, usually taken by foreigners. It's not additional to A levels or another Level 3 course.
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Sounds good If you're in England and live close to a city or large town there should be some schools that offer them.
Thank you so much, will do a bit of research tonight 😁
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1. A levels and equivalent courses are Level 3. Levels 4 is first year undergrad, and you can probably work the rest out yourself.

2. A levels done privately are very expensive and nigh impossible to do at college if you're over 18 (i.e. not at a VIform college). This is a result of the government not funding FE properly any longer. You'd might want to look into an Access course instead, which is a taught one-year course designed to enable access to university for mature learners - those being not direct school leavers. Best of all, an Access course is free so long as you go on to study at HE. Oxford won't accept an Access course, but there's a million-and-one other universities to look at.

2. Your AtL loan cannot be used for private tuition, no.

3. IB is an alternative, usually taken by foreigners. It's not additional to A levels or another Level 3 course.
Thanks for all the information you provided! Much appreciated
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