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Applications to sixth form without GCSEs

Hey I moved into the UK few months ago .I don't have any GCSEs . I have only WAEC and my WAEC contains no science subjects and I'm currently having a change of mind of course id like to study.i have decided to study pharmacy at a sixth form here at Bolton . I applied earlier but for business studies and now I want to change to a science A-levels but I have no knowledge and record if sciences like chemistry and biology in my WAEC results. I'd love advices on my next steps
Reply 1
I'm not entirely sure, but I am pretty sure most science A-levels will require a GCSE science; If you have one particular science in mind, you could try to pick your ideal exam board (Examples are: Edexcel, OCR, Cambridge, AQA). I suggest having a look through the syllabuses and research how the exams are taken; You may prefer to do an IGCSE. Then, of course, I suggest studying and taking the exam.

Depending on the exam board, the exams can be sat more the once throughout the year; I believe it is possible with one of the exams boards to sit the exam in October/November, depending if you don't want to pay the additional late fee of sitting the exams in the summer, and don't want the stress of cramming GCSE science study within a month.

I'll try to do a little research to see if I can find the exam board that does that (baring in mind, that it may not still be possible), if you are interested? 🫶😊

Another potential solution, if you wish to start A-levels in the upcoming academic year (and are up for a challenge), you could try studying through past papers and learning how to answer the questions, you'll also pick up the required information, though your understanding may be a little hole-y. This solution is mostly based on the assumption that you continued learning science previously, I would highly not suggest doing this if you have little understanding on the subject.
Hi .
Are you saying id have to get IGCSEs or GCSEs before I take an application for sixth form since I have no science subjects in my WAEC (external examination of my country)
Reply 3
Yes, unfortunately. But that is if you specifically want to go into sixth form; You could get away with it if you used a stand-alone tutor to teach you A-level, though you may have to do extra work to catch up.

The syllabuses for IGCSEs and GCSEs are often similar; (The 'I' in IGCSE stands for 'International')
Original post by Eae
Yes, unfortunately. But that is if you specifically want to go into sixth form; You could get away with it if you used a stand-alone tutor to teach you A-level, though you may have to do extra work to catch up.
The syllabuses for IGCSEs and GCSEs are often similar; (The 'I' in IGCSE stands for 'International')

Thank you so much.
Can I get to do IGCSE online like courses and tutoring and do you know any app or website I can use to get those
Reply 5
Original post by Hangemichelle
Hey I moved into the UK few months ago .I don't have any GCSEs . I have only WAEC and my WAEC contains no science subjects and I'm currently having a change of mind of course id like to study.i have decided to study pharmacy at a sixth form here at Bolton . I applied earlier but for business studies and now I want to change to a science A-levels but I have no knowledge and record if sciences like chemistry and biology in my WAEC results. I'd love advices on my next steps

I also moved to the UK a few months ago. I also did not have any GCSEs so I could not go to a normal sixth form to do my A-levels. I am now doing A-levels (Maths, Physics, and Business) online at King's Interhigh because they have no entry requirements. So you could maybe look into doing just the needed subject online while continuing your current studies. In my experience at King's Interhigh all the needed information and content in the science subjects are explained so you do not need to worry too much about previous studies.
Original post by L33-Ann
I also moved to the UK a few months ago. I also did not have any GCSEs so I could not go to a normal sixth form to do my A-levels. I am now doing A-levels (Maths, Physics, and Business) online at King's Interhigh because they have no entry requirements. So you could maybe look into doing just the needed subject online while continuing your current studies. In my experience at King's Interhigh all the needed information and content in the science subjects are explained so you do not need to worry too much about previous studies.


Oh I see..so I don't really have to get GCSEs for A-level of my choice right?
Reply 7
Original post by Hangemichelle
Thank you so much.
Can I get to do IGCSE online like courses and tutoring and do you know any app or website I can use to get those

Of course, there are many! You can find courses on, for example: Wolsey Hall, Cloud Learn, and many more. It may take some researching to find one that best suits you and your range, it may also be useful to look at the syllabus that they teach, that way you can find an exam board you like (sometimes there are some exams that are "better" than others, for example: you may have to sit three, shorter, exams for one exam board and two, longer, exams in another).

It may be important to note that often you have to book and pay for your own exams, the courses don't sit them, they only teach them; So you need to make sure you know which exam they are teaching for and, I suggest, finding your closest exam centre. One exam centre that I'm aware of is Tutors and Exams, they have a few centres across the UK, but there are other companies too. If you're close enough to one, you may be able to find a tutor there as well 😊
Thank you so much

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