science practicals

Science Practicals as a Distance Learning Student

Studying science practicals as a distance learning student sounds tricky right? Many people who are considering studying science based A-levels such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics, may be wondering how exactly you can to the practical elements of these courses. It’s not as if everyone has a full blown laboratory at home. Science practicals for distance learning students can be approached in one of three ways. Firstly, if you’re studying the UK version of the syllabus with awarding bodies such as AQA or Pearson Edexcel, then you would usually be expected to sit the practicals. To do this, you would find a local examination centre that offers both practicals and… Read More

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Qualifications

Qualifications Needed to Study A-Levels

OK, if you’re looking to study A-Levels, you may be wondering what qualifications you need to study them. If you are studying through the traditional routes of a physical school or college, you usually will need to hold GCSE qualifications in the same subject. And what’s more, you usually need to hold at least a C, with some colleges asking for higher than a C. Although not overly hard to achieve GCSE qualifications, it can be daunting for someone to have to factor in gaining GCSEs before they can then begin studying A-Levels. This is where the luxury of online learning comes in. Unless the qualification you are looking to… Read More

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Online Learning

Online Learning – The new Normal

When you think of online learning, you might not think of it as an acceptable replacement for traditional school and college. But why not? When you think about how fast and far reaching the internet is, the logical thing to do is take learning online and make it accessible for everyone. Regardless of where you are in the world, if you have internet or can get signal, you can study when you use online learning. Instead of fees and funding being wasted on physical classrooms and grounds, everything is invested in the most important aspect of learning, the materials and teachers who teach them. Online learning brings a fast and… Read More

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AS Levels

Why Study AS Levels?

AS Levels are in effect half of an A-Level. They constitute the first year of study of an A-Level and are often overlooked as a great way to boost UCAS points for your university application. Unlike in previous years, A-Levels are now linear in nature and so it is no longer possible for students to study the AS Level and then (at a later date) top it up with the A2 element to achieve a full A-Level. But this doesn’t mean that AS Levels are of no use to students looking to go to university. Achieving an A grade in an AS Level can see you gaining an additional 20… Read More

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A-Levels

What are A-Levels?

A-Levels are a secondary education qualification that are mostly common in the UK, but growing with popularity worldwide. Often referred to as Advanced level qualifications, they are subject-based courses that are used to gain entry to university or further study at a higher level. A-Levels are assessed and graded through the use of a series of examinations, usually held in the June of each year, depending on whether your A-Levels are with AQA, Cambridge International, Edexcel or OCR. The grades you can gain by studying the courses range from A* to F and come with UCAS points. UCAS points are a way for universities to provide offers of places on… Read More

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online studying

Why Online Studying?

Why online studying? Is a question often asked by students who are new to the world of online education. In years gone by, there used to be a stigma attached to online studying, where people assumed that the students opting for this version of education were somehow disadvantaged or not capable enough to use traditional study routes. Today, learning online is rapidly becoming more and more popular. Even before times of pandemics like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, students were realising the overwhelming benefits of online study. Not only does studying online give students freedom to learn as and when they wish, but it gives them the freedom of choice,… Read More

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