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I'm planning on taking a Chemistry A-Level online, and was wondering how much entry fees are for the three written exams and 4 practicals?
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Hey! I've just applied to do my exams privately and this is going off what I've researched.
I can't find many places willing to do a practical. My provider (cloudlearn) offers a practical lab thing for £1500
For the papers, it often ranges from £150-£400 per paper depending on where you go.

edit: your exam board also affects these rates
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(Original post by moonanisar17)
Hey! I've just applied to do my exams privately and this is going off what I've researched.
I can't find many places willing to do a practical. My provider (cloudlearn) offers a practical lab thing for £1500
For the papers, it often ranges from £150-£400 per paper depending on where you go.

edit: your exam board also affects these rates
Do you have to take part in the practicals or can I just sit the papers? Will they organise where the exams are, and apply for you?
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I'm planning on taking a Chemistry A-Level online, and was wondering how much entry fees are for the three written exams and 4 practicals?
A lot. If you're doing it with a recognised extension college, the examinations plus practical endorsement is usually about £2000. Unless you can find a Centre willing to host you for the NEA and examination entry, then that's the only option.
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A lot. If you're doing it with a recognised extension college, the examinations plus practical endorsement is usually about £2000. Unless you can find a Centre willing to host you for the NEA and examination entry, then that's the only option.
£2000? for one subject? damn that's insane!
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£2000? for one subject? damn that's insane!
I know - quite ridiculous. Blame this terrible government and the ones that went before for removing all FE funding for adult A level provision, and pushing people into having to do Access courses (which aren't the right option for everyone).

About £1300 of this is for the NEA (practical endorsement). Non-science based A levels, which don't have this NEA, are less expensive.
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I know - quite ridiculous. Blame this terrible government and the ones that went before for removing all FE funding for adult A level provision, and pushing people into having to do Access courses (which aren't the right option for everyone).

About £1300 of this is for the NEA (practical endorsement). Non-science based A levels, which don't have this NEA, are less expensive.
still £1300 just for practiclal is crazy! so non-practical a-level costs £700? that's not as crazy as £2000 but still quite expensive
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still £1300 just for practiclal is crazy! so non-practical a-level costs £700? that's not as crazy as £2000 but still quite expensive
£1500-£2000 for a science A level is about the norm now: and I agree, it's ridiculous. The cheapest way is to study it yourself, and become friendly with a teacher who will allow you to do the NEA in your school and also sit the examination as an external candidate. This can reduce the cost to almost the exam fee only (about £95 per A level) plus any extra costs the school adds for admin etc.
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£1500-£2000 for a science A level is about the norm now: and I agree, it's ridiculous. The cheapest way is to study it yourself, and become friendly with a teacher who will allow you to do the NEA in your school and also sit the examination as an external candidate. This can reduce the cost to almost the exam fee only (about £95 per A level) plus any extra costs the school adds for admin etc.
Isn't there a place where I only have to pay for the exam? What's with all the additional costs if I don't want a tutor/can teach myself.
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Isn't there a place where I only have to pay for the exam? What's with all the additional costs if I don't want a tutor/can teach myself.
No, it doesn't work like this. All science A levels now have a non-examined assessment (NEA) called the practical endorsement. This is where you complete a twelve practicals and a teacher signs off your competency in these. This is then forwarded to the exam board and you are given a 'pass' in the practical component of the qualification (note this is different from being examined in the practical content, which happens in the main three papers). Without the practical endorsement, the qualification is usually worthless because nearly all universities will insist on a pass in the NEA for the A level to count.
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Which exam board are you studying? Specs approved for teaching in UK state schools all have the 12 practicals for the NEA but international specs, and the Welsh and Northern Irish, have something different.

Why are you taking A level Chemistry? If you need it for a university course then check if the university requires you to pass the practicals. If they don't, or you are just doing it for fun (and you're taking a spec for England) then you can just opt to miss them out as they don't affect your overall grade. Any centre accepting you as a private candidate has to offer you the chance to do the practicals but you don't have to take them up on that offer.
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Do you have to take part in the practicals or can I just sit the papers? Will they organise where the exams are, and apply for you?
Yes they will do everything for you and you can just sit the papers
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