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Chinese will also move to UMS, but instead of two units, it will move to three units: AS will have two units, A2 will have one. It is the first A level to have an odd number of units since Curriculum As a result of dislike of the modular system, many schools now offer the alternative International Baccalaureate Diploma qualification.

The Diploma Programme, administered by the International Baccalaureate , is a recognised pre-university educational programme. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently suggested that one state school in every county should offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as an alternative to A levels.

The A-level has been criticised for providing less breadth since many A-level students do not generally study more than three subjects in their final year.

English Language, English Literature, French, German, Spanish , and a "creative" subject like Art Studies , in many cases students choose three closely linked subjects, for instance, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or Sociology, Psychology, and Politics. This is in part due to university entrance requirements, which, for degree programs such as medicine, may require three related A-level subjects, but non-traditional combinations are becoming more common "British Council Australia Education UK".

However, others disagree, arguing that the additional AS-level s studied would already have provided more breadth compared with the old system.

Students applying to universities before receiving their A Level results typically do so on the basis of predicted grades, which are issued by schools and colleges. A possible reformation would be something called the post-qualifications applications system PQA , where applicants apply to university after they receive their results.

However, a more recent UCAS report shows that although the reliability of predicted grades declines in step with family income, this can still lead to an over-prediction effect for lower income groups. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

List of Advanced Level subjects. British Educational Research Journal. Archived from the original PDF on 24 December Retrieved 6 January Retrieved 16 August Fulltime educational courses for to year-olds. Retrieved 18 August Archived from the original on 26 March Retrieved 22 October Joint Council of Qualifications.

National percentage figures for A level grades". Record drop in top grades as fewer get university places". England and Wales June ". Retrieved 14 August The Times Digital Archive. If one compares O levels England from s or earlier, and Higher grades from s or earlier and A levels from s or earlier, and O grades Scotland from s, all with modern National5, Highers, A levels and GCSE exams, one will see that the exams from earlier decades are much harder.

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Check with your exams officer for details. There are major changes which are now happening to GCE A-levels and one of the long term goals of these changes will be a reduction in what can be retaken and when.

Under the current A-level specification retakes are possible although their availability is limited by when the exams are offered. Different boards have different requirements for different subjects but it is common for some humanities subjects to have coursework. In this case, one unit exam requires a written response to questions about the coursework techniques a student has missed out on. You will need to check the regulation for the specific board.

You should contact your exam centre to find out the fees because they vary widely between subjects. If you wish to enroll for exams with ITS please contact us. You can for different exam sessions. If you took a number of units through Centre A and then through a change of school or situation you want to do some more units or retake some of the previous ones you can enroll in Centre B if you like.

Make sure you enroll using the same UCI Unique Client Identifier so all of your previous units and subjects and personal information can be used. You cannot enroll in Centre A and Centre B during the same exam session. You should check with your university choices to see what their attitude towards offering a Chinese A-level will be.

Sending an email to the admissions office for your selected course is a good way to check. A-levels and the IB Diploma are both ways to show you have completed high school and are both used to qualify for university entrance. There are strengths and weaknesses in both systems. Both systems can gain you entrance to universities world-wide.

For example, you might need UCAS tariff points to gain entry to a particular course. If you selected course needs , you are short of this figure. In order to gain more tariff points, you could do a GCE A-level subject or two. International A-levels do not carry tariff points but universities will tell you what grades they expect. It awards points to each grade in a variety of recognised, publicly examined qualifications from around the world. Accumulation of a points total determines the courses to which you can apply.

See the UCAS site for full details. Note that only GCE A-levels carry tariff points. You can contact the exam board directly through the internet. Edexcel exam papers can be purchased through ITS. You can find out the current fees, or check for the availability of a class here. If you need a predicted grade or help with a UCAS application, it can be arranged.

Make an appointment to discuss this. If you have paid your exam fee and then you decide to withdraw and want a refund, it will depend on whether the Edexcel date has already passed.

This can be checked by emailing your exam centre. If you want to withdraw once the date has passed, you can but there will be no refund on exam fees. Finally, you may withdraw after the exam, but again, without refund. Generally you can get your exam paper back. However there is a fee for this type of post-results service. Contact the exam board and they will help you to obtain another one.

There will be a fee for this. If you have documentation to support that you would be disadvantaged in some way without it, extra help, usually in the form of more time or possibly the use of a computer, might be possible. You should submit any medical or other reports of this nature to the exam centre administration office well in advance of the exam session. If it is really through no fault of yours, your enrolment can be transferred to the next exam session with no additional exam fee.

It may be possible to apply for some form of special consideration but this is unlikely to help you much in the case of a whole exam being missed. Cashing-in is the mechanism for generating a certificate. Instead, the units will stay in your account. If you want a certificate to be generated, the cash-in must be applied for. A good place to start is the UCAS website at www.

There are a number of education fairs held in Hong Kong each year and a lot of the UK universities attend. ITS provides extensive advice, counseling and support on the entire university application process from choosing a course to submitting the application. Have a look at our UCAS information pages here and here. When you are ready contact us. Universities will probably have additional admission requirements but the qualification is usually accepted quite widely.

Edexcel qualifications can be searched here. It is up to each school to decide on your entrance requirements so make sure to ask each school that you apply to what you need to submit. It is unlikely that you can apply successfully with A-levels alone. Different centres open for registration at different times.

Contact your exam centre well in advance. The registration date is generally several months before the exam session you are interested in. Contact your exam centre well in advance to check for the date as missing it can produce a late fee.

You need to contact an exam centre. Generally you will need to make an appointment and attend an interview, just to make sure that your choices are correct. They are not obliged to and more popular destinations are unlikely to. If you miss your target grades you will enter a process at UCAS called "clearing". This is designed to match unfilled courses to students with acceptable qualifications. If, after this process, you do not have a course and you still wish to pursue one you will have to reapply anyway and retakes may well be part of this strategy.

This is a new exam marked separately. Taking a refresher course with ITS would be a good way to improve your chances at getting a better grade. Not if you are retaking a unit with the same exam board. You can retake any unit you want. The board will take your best result for that unit and that is the mark that will be considered for an award. You will receive the best mark of the unit or units being retaken.

As long as your exam centre applies again for the appropriate cash-in, a new certificate will be generated if you qualify for an award. There are many educational opportunities for students of different ages and levels in the United Kingdom. In the UK, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is possible to access a large number of independent schools which take students from international locations and of all school ages.

In order to find one that is suitable for you, look at the frequently asked questions which include links to information about the education system in the UK. But it is worthwhile doing as much research as you can. Some A-level courses can be taken without the relevant GCSE, and some vocational courses or careers do not require paper qualifications. There is little point putting a home educated child under pressure to take exams unless it is their own decision.

There are three main ways in which home educated students have taken GCSEs: The latter is only really appropriate for exam-only IGCSEs, unless you can find a suitable independent person qualified to grade coursework. The advantage of using a correspondence course or enrolling at a college is that a tutor is available. They may be able to help more than a parent, and can grade work. The disadvantage is usually the cost, if your child is under Most colleges offer free or inexpensive courses to those over Some colleges will not admit younger students, particularly if they are popular and likely to be over-subscribed.

Another advantage of a college is that they will often arrange the exam room.

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