Studying an A-Level From Home? Here are our Frequently Asked Questions
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The Changing Status of A and AS Levels
As you may know, the government’s overhaul of A-Levels and AS-Levels is now being implemented. Several changes have been made, but they only apply to courses with the new ‘2015’ specifications.
Changes to exam deadlines for A-Levels
As you may know, the Government is making a number of changes to A Levels over the next few years. If you are still studying the old version of one of these subjects, with final exam dates in June 2017 or June 2018, then we strongly advise you to register with a centre as soon as possible in order to be sure of taking your exam with the old specification. Please note that Open Study College cannot be held responsible if you do not complete your coursework or register with a centre for the final exam.
Why can’t I post assignments to my Tutor?
We only allow students to post assignments in if the tutor agrees on whether the nature of the assignments requires physical materials to be sent in. Students generally submit assignments and receive their feedback by email. This is a simple, secure and effective method of communication
How do I contact my Tutor?
Tutors can be contacted by email only. To receive your Welcome Letter and tutor contact information simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your NAME, POSTCODE and EMAIL
I want to take my exams but there are only a few months to study, is this possible?
Depending on the time of year, it is sometimes impossible to complete your studies in a short space of time, as your practice papers have to be marked and checked. More importantly, the examination boards have cut off times for exam registration which are not flexible. Most exam centres will not accept new candidate registrations after February.
When can I take my exams?
Exams are taken at the same times as schools and colleges, and are not flexible. A-Level exams are typically in June, though science practicals are sometimes available in the spring.
How much are exam fees?
These vary from centre to centre so please check with your local centre. Please be aware that practical exams for science subjects can be more expensive, particularly if you choose to go in for a practice session.
What if I cannot find an examination centre in my home town?
If you wish to gain the qualification then be prepared to travel; it is worth it! The list at the bottom of this page provides you with contact information for several centres across the country, as well as some links to the AQA and Edexcel websites, where you can search for registered exam centres.
Why do I have to find an exam centre myself?
We have hundreds of students all over the UK, and it is impossible for us to liaise with centres for every student. We do, however, list the A-Level exam centres we have a relationship with at the bottom of this page.
Is Open Study College an examination centre?
No, we are not an examination centre. We are a training provider, so you must find an examination centre yourself. At Open Study College we do all it can to assist you and we do list some recommended centres below. Open Study College cannot be held responsible for any liability for any contracts held between you and the examination centre.
Can Tutor’s offer predicted grades?
Only if the student has been in regular contact with the tutor, and has completed enough practice papers that the tutor feels comfortable in assessing the student’s ability.
Will I receive UCAS points after I have completed the course?
Yes, all of our A Levels carry UCAS points. The number of points awarded will depend on the grade you achieve in the exams.
Do I need to buy extra reading material?
Your tutor will advise you if there is any recommended reading. For some subjects, such as English Literature, there will be quite a few set texts that you need to purchase.
Are the courses paper-based or online?
All of our A-Levels, with the exception of physics, come with a choice of paper-based or online materials. Physics is only available in the online format due to the size of the course.
Do your curses meet the latest syllabus changes?
Yes, all of our course materials are up to date and will be revised free of charge if further changes are made during your studies. Please make sure to read all the course information carefully, however, as a few may be expiring after 2017, or 2018. This will be indicated at the bottom of the course page.