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Hey! I'm thinking of doing my alevel mathematics and computer science as a private candidate. What will I need to know in order to do this and when should I ask schools to take me as a private candidate?
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First of all, I would say you should know how will you study the subjects can you study them yourself, tuition, cost, etc. I have done my GCSEs and one a level privately when I was doing the GCSEs it was quite hard as I was new in the country I didn't know what actually should I revise then for courses like maths and computer science where there are all maths I doubt you can self study it .So instead of spending on tuition which can be very expensive its would be worth checking distance learning courses online there are quite affordable and you can study at your own pace and space some offer all packages with exams and some not . You can do the course online and book the exams in any exam centre near you . Ideally, it's better to get in touch with the centre before December and check with them if they can provide the course /exam board you are doing.Specially with this ongoing corona where the exams were canceled 2 summers .
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Maths is 100% assessed by exam so very achievable for private candidates, Computer Science has non-examination assessment (NEA - coursework) which is hard to achieve as a private candidate. Don't waste your time studying it until you have a certain means of achieving this, or circumventing it (which might be possible by studying CAIE International A level in Comp Sci)

The exams are available every May./June. Centres don't get the software to make entries before mid November and the entry deadline is mid February. There will be very few centres willing to offer Comp Sci, whether as a domestic A level or as an International level.
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(Original post by Compost)
Maths is 100% assessed by exam so very achievable for private candidates, Computer Science has non-examination assessment (NEA - coursework) which is hard to achieve as a private candidate. Don't waste your time studying it until you have a certain means of achieving this, or circumventing it (which might be possible by studying CAIE International A level in Comp Sci)

The exams are available every May./June. Centres don't get the software to make entries before mid November and the entry deadline is mid February. There will be very few centres willing to offer Comp Sci, whether as a domestic A level or as an International level.
Sorry for the late reply, I had covid. I was thinking of taking CAIE international A Level in computer science which I assume doesn't have an NEA?
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(Original post by mils2)
Sorry for the late reply, I had covid. I was thinking of taking CAIE international A Level in computer science which I assume doesn't have an NEA?
I think it has some sort of practical exam - I don't know much about international A levels - but I'm almost certain there is no NEA.
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