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sarah293 Sat 08-Aug-09 08:25:48

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SobriquetDuJour Sat 08-Aug-09 08:29:50

shockI'm amazed at that Riven. I did French A-level at evening classes only a couple of years ago and it was less than half that which I still thought was a bit too £££££

Prices can't have gone up that much in so short a time can they?


SobriquetDuJour Sat 08-Aug-09 08:34:37

oh & yanbu!

sarah293 Sat 08-Aug-09 08:46:35

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Molesworth Sat 08-Aug-09 09:19:51

Have you looked at the OU?

LIZS Sat 08-Aug-09 09:29:22

Prices have gone up in recent years for over 18's due to the phased reduction in government subsidies however I'm sure if you did it as Adult Education (ie "evening" classes, but not necessarily only in eves iyswim) rather than FE you'd get it more cheaply. Check out who provides it in your area, it may be the college, the county council or may be subcontracted to another provider, or look for the brochure in your library or online.

SobriquetDuJour Sat 08-Aug-09 09:32:22

I did both AS & A2 for about £550 altogether including exam fees, finishing July 08'

That's a bit crapola that it's only free if you have no level 2 qualifications.What a strange rule.I would think A-levels might be a bit of a stretch if you only had a few gcse's

Mine was in Manchester if that makes any difference

Don't know much about OU, but maybe that's worth a go?

PeachyLaPeche Sat 08-Aug-09 09:48:33

It's the same here, as I can't do my PGCE yet i looked into TA training but can't get it paid for due to my degree, can't pay due to not being able to work- vicious circle!

It's cheaper in fact to do my MA part time (but I still can't find the £800 pa for that either sadly)

skihorse Sat 08-Aug-09 09:49:01

YANBU - that's outrageous! shock

proverbial Sat 08-Aug-09 09:53:30

My degree is costing me ?12,000 over 4 years, plus books and materials. Painful isn't it?

LadyOfWaffle Sat 08-Aug-09 09:56:29

I know - DH wants to retake 5 GCSEs - going to cost more than £1,000. Would be £1,500 if all 5 were taken at college, but they only offer 3 adult GCSEs hmm

juuule Sat 08-Aug-09 10:01:17


bigstripeytiger Sat 08-Aug-09 10:20:07

Im paying 9K for a masters degree.

sarah293 Sat 08-Aug-09 10:26:59

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LIZS Sat 08-Aug-09 10:33:46

Honestly, look specifically at Adult Ed ratehr than FE (which is priamrily aimed at the 16-19's) The govt funding works differently in each sector so they may be more subsidised. Some areas are also targetted on socio-economic grounds for specific funding and may even offer some courses free (if mainly non-accreditted) to encourage new skills and getting back into the workplace.

Fillyjonk Sat 08-Aug-09 10:36:59

if you're interested in chemistry riven would really recommend OU ugrad science courses. MUCH better than chemistry/biology a level IMO as they really explain WHY things happen-not a memory job, as tbh, chemistry A level seems to be.

sarah293 Sat 08-Aug-09 10:37:29

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Fillyjonk Sat 08-Aug-09 10:38:39

(oh and point of this is OU has generous bursary system. And tutorials, decent support and so forth. IME the support offered at u/g science is MUCH better than the support offered at postgrad level. I'd say their level 1 is possibly equivalent to first year a level, but that might be a bit generous)

sarah293 Sat 08-Aug-09 10:43:11

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dancingqueeen Sat 08-Aug-09 11:11:08

shock, that's crazily expensive, not exactly at a level thats going to encourage access to education! and I was thinking of doing something like this, to try and slowly retrain, but couldn't possibly do it at this cost!

littlerach Sat 08-Aug-09 11:14:03

I had similar problems when trying ot do an NVQ which i had ot do, but as I have a degree I found it almost impossible to get any funding.

LIZS Sat 08-Aug-09 11:23:30

This any good ?. Not A levels but variety of levels for Languages etc and much cheaper.

MollieO Sat 08-Aug-09 11:30:20

I do evening classes and the charge is £4 per hour, which has gone up from about £2.50 -£3 in recent years. How many taught hours does the £700 equate too? It seems very high. FE funding has really been cut recently despite the Govt apparently wanting us to do more learning.

sarah293 Sat 08-Aug-09 12:39:00

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purepurple Sat 08-Aug-09 13:02:20

I am lucky that my foundation degree is being funded by the government.
I can do a topup to a BA for free too.
It is the government's aim to raise the level of qualifications of those working with children in the early years.
I am pleased I waited. I had originally wanted to do it about 5 years ago, with the OU, but would have had to pay a few grand.

Riven, YANBU
I hope you find something that you can do.

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