We’re often asked the question ‘Can you do A-Levels at any age?’ by enquiring students and parents at the college. The simple answer to this is yes, you can study and sit the exams for A-Levels at any age and you don’t have to wait until you are in the sixth form or aged over 16.
One A-Level takes the average student approximately 350 hours of study, this is either with the help of a teacher/tutor or without. And can be studied over either one year or two, depending on the student’s ability and understanding of the subject. As an end of secondary education qualification, A-Levels can be quite hard topics to study and learn and so it’s important to make sure you have the right foundation understanding of the subjects you want to study. Ideally, GCSEs in the same subject will ensure you have the correct understand to apply to your A-Level study, but they are not a compulsory requirement.
Studying A-Levels is the same for any student, whether you are a homeschooler or an adult returning to education, the process of choosing your subjects and enrolling to study them is the same. Once you have your subjects picked out, you need to find an online college where you can study your A-Levels, a quick Google search will help you find potential colleges, once enrolled, you will be free to begin your studies and working towards your qualifications.
When it comes to the examinations themselves, you will be classed as a Private Candidate, which basically means you’re studying independently from a traditional school or college. You will need to register with an examination centre and then attend there to sit the exams with other students. Your results will be released to your examination centre from the Awarding Body at the same time as other students receive them and will be exactly the same certificates.
If you feel ready to begin studying A-Levels and feel you would like to discuss your options, get in touch with our helpful team who are ready and waiting to assist.