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Adult a levels

Hi

I have searched high and low for places that offer adult a levels especially my local community colleges and I can't find anywhere. I know that they offer it online with course materials provided but I'd prefer to learn in person. Also because it's science it's not ideal due to the practicals. I did find a few that cost ALOT of money and they were way up in London. I don't want to pay too much if I were to do them.

I was thinking if I were to go into some of my local colleges and speak to the teachers perhaps they would tutor me and I could just sit the exams?

I really don't know what to do because as I said I don't see how I can do science online due to the practicals. So I'm thinking maybe I will have to give up the idea?

I definitely think a levels should be more easily accessible to older students but unfortunately that isn't the case.

Any help would be appreciated.
Reply 1
Original post by emma2892
Hi
I have searched high and low for places that offer adult a levels especially my local community colleges and I can't find anywhere. I know that they offer it online with course materials provided but I'd prefer to learn in person. Also because it's science it's not ideal due to the practicals. I did find a few that cost ALOT of money and they were way up in London. I don't want to pay too much if I were to do them.
I was thinking if I were to go into some of my local colleges and speak to the teachers perhaps they would tutor me and I could just sit the exams?
I really don't know what to do because as I said I don't see how I can do science online due to the practicals. So I'm thinking maybe I will have to give up the idea?
I definitely think a levels should be more easily accessible to older students but unfortunately that isn't the case.
Any help would be appreciated.

im a mature student doing my a levels at the local college. I will say Its very full on. 4 days a week. 9am til 4.30pm. You can also look into HE. Best to call around local colleges as ask if they would accept you as a mature student. Tbh I didn't call mine. I resat my GCSE's at a different local college in the evenings and then applied via online for a levels with my details and turned up and went. Bear in mind it was around 3k per subject for me. So online is cheaper.
Have you thought about doing an access course? Most colleges offer these courses for adults, a 60 credit access course would allow you to apply for a degree.
Reply 3
Original post by Zoe101!
im a mature student doing my a levels at the local college. I will say Its very full on. 4 days a week. 9am til 4.30pm. You can also look into HE. Best to call around local colleges as ask if they would accept you as a mature student. Tbh I didn't call mine. I resat my GCSE's at a different local college in the evenings and then applied via online for a levels with my details and turned up and went. Bear in mind it was around 3k per subject for me. So online is cheaper.


Hi Zoe

Thanks so much for your reply I found it really helpful, do you mind me asking which college you attend for your a levels? Hope your getting on okay with them. A levels are definitely full on but it's really good that your doing them you should be proud! What subjects are you studying? I was thinking science subjects for myself. Are you going to do a degree after? :smile: thanks Zoe xxxx
Reply 4
Original post by CCCU Official
Have you thought about doing an access course? Most colleges offer these courses for adults, a 60 credit access course would allow you to apply for a degree.


Hi CCCU - I have indeed but the only college I could find near me when I emailed them said they were not holding the Access course that I want to do this year. She said there was a staff shortage and not enough people wanting to do the course this year. I was really disappointed!! I can't seem to find another local college that offers the Access course that I want to do. I may ring them to check this is definitely the case. Hence why I thought of A Levels instead. However that is also a struggle to find given that I am mature student. I prefer to study in person not online. Still struggling to find a solution! Thanks x
Original post by emma2892
Hi CCCU - I have indeed but the only college I could find near me when I emailed them said they were not holding the Access course that I want to do this year. She said there was a staff shortage and not enough people wanting to do the course this year. I was really disappointed!! I can't seem to find another local college that offers the Access course that I want to do. I may ring them to check this is definitely the case. Hence why I thought of A Levels instead. However that is also a struggle to find given that I am mature student. I prefer to study in person not online. Still struggling to find a solution! Thanks x

Fingers crossed something local pops up, did you local college say anything about 2025 entry?

Do you have an idea in mind for what you want to do after studying the access course/A-Levels or are you just doing it for the chance to learn? Do you have any grades or qualifications which hold UCAS points as well?

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