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How do I get an A level qualification as an adult?

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MrsTittleMouse Tue 24-Jun-14 14:27:42

I've been thinking about a possible change of career, and an A level qualification might be the best way to start - not least to make certain that it really interests me and that I have some aptitude for it! I've had a scoot about online, but it's really hard to tell if a college offering online learning is offering a decent experience. I would need to fit it around my children and the school runs, and the local colleges I have found are all full-time and full of teenagers!

Does anyone have any suggestions please?

Norfolknway Tue 24-Jun-14 14:32:03

I think this is where access courses come in.

They are adult equivalents to a levels

MrsTittleMouse Tue 24-Jun-14 20:33:49

Thank you, I didn't know that. Are they generally run by Universities, or by FE colleges?

nightnurse66 Tue 24-Jun-14 20:44:43

Most access course are run at HE collages and run full time school hours for one year. I completed one 9 yeas ago and went on to get a degree in adult nursing. My daughter has enrolled on one to start this September. Mine was fantastic and I would not have got through uni without it. The main help for me was learning research skills /referencing essay planning

nightnurse66 Tue 24-Jun-14 20:46:48

Meant mention everyone was over 25 and I was 38 but not the oldest winkwink

benfoldsfive Tue 24-Jun-14 20:59:03

I was wondering this also. I have a 1st class degree and want to teach, to do this i need to resit my science gcse - to teach primary or resit my A level English to teach secondary but i can't find anywhere that will let me! Any ideas?

BobPatandIgglePiggle Tue 24-Jun-14 21:04:18

19+ at our college to a HEFC with a science / business /(something else I can't remember) pathway

MrsTittleMouse Tue 24-Jun-14 22:00:15

I already have a degree, so I'm hoping that my study skills are still basically there (although probably a bit rusty, as it's been a while... <cough>).

Has anyone ever tried an online course? In theory it looks fantastic to be able to work so flexibly... or is it just a rip-off?

homebythesea Fri 04-Jul-14 09:01:02

Are you sure your college doesn't do courses specifically for adults? I'm hopefully starting an A level in Sept for adults, 3 sessions a week within school hours, costs £700 for each of the 2 years

AtiaoftheJulii Fri 04-Jul-14 09:03:51

What subject is it? Might there be an OU module that offers something similar?

Greenrememberedhills Fri 04-Jul-14 09:21:21

There is an online school often mentioned on here. That would be a good place to look, possibly.

Just compare a few providers in terms of what they offer as inputs.

Ie an A level is about 4 hours teaching input a week, plus an exam.

Find a course which offers good and well organised lesson material, ask them how they assess- there should be a range- and whether the gust if the exam is included.

Of course you could consider a mix of a cheap course and private tuition?

Greenrememberedhills Fri 04-Jul-14 09:22:10

Cost not gust

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