We know and understand that when it comes to learning online you may have a lot of questions. So we have compiled a selection of our most frequently asked questions about A-Levels for you here:
When can I start my A-Levels?
You can start studying A-Levels at any time of year. As an online college, we don’t do term times and so accept students all year round.
Which Awarding Bodies are A-Levels available with?
We offer A-Levels with AQA, Cambridge (CIE), Edexcel (Pearson) and OCR. With some of our courses, we offer the subject from two different awarding bodies and you are free to choose which Awarding Body you wish to exam with.
Do I get a tutor with my course?
Yes! We have Academic Experts for our tutors and they are there to help and assist you whenever you need. You can ask as many or as few questions as you like. They will also mark your work that you submit to them.
What are the course materials like?
Our course materials have been specially written for online learning. Once enrolled, you will have access to a learning portal where you can log in and access all the course materials you need to learn and study for your exams.
The course materials are split into units of study and consist of a mix of reading, interactive quizzes, videos and assessments.
Are there set classes and lectures for my A-Levels?
No. As we know most of our students have other commitments, we keep learning A-Levels with us as simple and flexible as possible. So you can log in and study as and when you want and have time.
What’s included in the A-Level course fees?
Your course fees cover all the materials you need to learn and study in order to pass your examinations.
How often can I sit my exams for A-Levels?
Examinations for A-Levels are held in the June period of every year.
When do I book my examinations for my course(s)?
We advise students to book in with a local examination centre in the February of the year they want to sit the exams.
How long do I have to study an A-Level?
With Open College you can opt to either study your A-Levels over one year or two.
How many hours of study is one A-Level?
One A-Level is approximately 350 hours of study time. But if you are used to studying or are re-taking your A-Levels, this time will be less.
Do I get help with UCAS applications?
Yes! Provided you have completed enough work on your course, your tutor will happily provide you with references and predicted grades to submit to UCAS when you need.
Do I have to be in the UK to study A-Levels?
No. You can study A-Levels from anywhere in the world. If you want to sit your examinations outside of the UK, you will need to ensure you don’t enrol onto AQA or OCR A-Levels as these can only be examined for in the UK.
Can I choose which options I study on my A-Levels?
No. All optional subjects for our A-Levels are pre-selected by our Academic Team to ensure you study the best suited course syllabus for distance learners.
How do I complete my coursework element?
If you are studying a course such as English or History, then there is a coursework element (NEA), this will need to be completed to ensure you can be entered for your examinations. To complete the NEA, you need to ensure you have submitted sufficient previous work to your tutor so they can confidently confirm your NEA is your own work.
Once your draft version of your NEA is checked and ready to be rough marked by your tutor, you will need to send your work to them with an authentication form, from there, they will rough mark your work, sign the authentication form and send it on to your chosen examination centre.
How do I do practicals when studying science A-Levels?
Don’t worry, no one expects you to have a lab in your own home! When working through your A-Level course materials, the requirements for your practicals will be covered in theory and then from there, once you have found your examination centre, you will be able to attend there to practice your practicals before finally being assessed for them.
Remember – Science practiclas can be done at any time of year, they don’t have to be done at the same time as your written examinations.
How much do exams cost?
The cost of your exams all depends on the centre you are registering with. As a rough guide, they can cost anything between £50 and £200 per paper. So be sure to shop around before choosing an examination centre.