How to study an A-level from home

1 in 6 of us wish that we could turn back the clock and work harder at school and college. But with distance learning A-Levels, it's never been easier to study for the qualifications you missed out on.

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Do you need A-Levels to further your education and boost your CV?

1 in 6 of us wish that we could turn back the clock and work harder at school and college. But with distance learning A-Levels, it's never too late to study for the qualifications you missed out on.

Studying A-Levels From Home

A-Levels are widely recognised as the 'gold standard' in the British education system. They allow you to explore one or more subjects in real depth, so that you can delve further into subjects that interest you.

Research shows that A-Levels add tangible value to your CV, whether you choose employment or University after your studies. A report commissioned by Ofqual (the official regulator of qualifications in England) found that Universities perceive A-Levels as 'better at equipping students' with the skills they are looking for when compared to other qualifications.

What's more, the picture is just as bright with employment. ICM Research 2013 found out that A-Levels are among the top 6 qualifications preferred by employers when shortlisting job candidates' CVs.

The variety of both academic and vocational A-Level subjects means that you really can choose an education to suit your ambitions. Whether you want to complement your existing career, broaden your skill set, or completely change direction, A-Levels can really help to accelerate your plans.

What are A-Levels?
  • A-Levels are level 3 qualifications typically offered at colleges and sixth forms
  • Recognised and valued all around the world by nearly all universities
  • Each A-Level is worth up to 56 UCAS points, allowing entry to UK universities and higher education colleges
A-Levels by Distance Learning: How It Works

With Open Study College, you can study exactly the same course as someone in a traditional college, but with the flexibility and benefits of home learning.

Study at your own pace

There's no need to wait until September to start your A-Levels. You can enrol with Open Study College at any time of year. You can also submit tutor-marked assignments whenever you like, without the pressure of deadlines. Studying from home means you can work towards your A-Levels flexibly to suit your lifestyle, keeping your motivation high, and eliminating any barriers.

Trusted Qualifications

The A-Levels that we offer are fully accredited by one of three major awarding UK bodies: AQA, OCR or Edexcel - just the same as in any sixth form or college. AQA awards 42% of all A-Levels nationally; Edexcel is the largest UK awarding body, and OCR qualifications are studied in over 13,000 colleges each year. The syllabus for each subject is chosen carefully to ensure that our A-Levels are as well-suited to distance learning as possible.

Expert tutor support

All our tutors are highly qualified, with proven expertise in their subjects. They will offer you one-to-one academic support by email, and will help you with any questions you have about your studies. All tutors reply to students' queries promptly (usually within twenty-four hours), and we also have a dedicated Student Support team for you to call in case of non-subject-related queries. If there's anything that you need, there will always be someone willing to help you.

High-quality course materials

Depending on how you choose to study your A-levels, you will either receive access to online course materials, or a printed study pack which is delivered to you. Both of these study methods are designed to cover all course content in a clear, manageable chapters, with learning activities to record your progress.

Examinations and coursework

As a distance learning student, you will need to arrange examinations and formal assessment independently at an exam centre in your area. However, this small amount of organisation is well worth the effort, as it allows you to take examinations whenever you feel most prepared for them. We can advise you on how to find an exam centre, and you will normally have the freedom to time each examination session to give you the best chances of success.

What Our Students Have to Say...

'I have found the course materials detailed but also easy to understand, remember and follow, so top marks for that. I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to be responsible for their education and has the self-discipline.'

-Anna George, A-Level Psychology

'I am very happy with the course so far and am finding it very interesting. I'll admit that before I started your course I was wondering how difficult it will be to learn A-Level Maths by distance learning. But once I started I was amazed how well and detailed the course was written. The different topics are explained very well and are easy to follow. My tutor Christine is very friendly. I was pleasantly surprised when I sent in my first assignment and the corrections were sent back the next morning! Also, I understood my mistakes and her corrections right away.'

-Maria Kindlimann, A-Level Maths and Statistics

'I'm enjoying the course and feel more motivated than I might have done when younger. The contact I have with my tutor is timely and constructive and I am feeling well supported.'

- Ruth Thompson, A-Level Geography

'I was impressed at the clarity and detail of the course. This way, I can study at my own pace, and let the information sink in before moving on to the next topic. I am getting on with my tutor just fine. It's useful that the TMAs [tutor-marked assignments] are in the same format as the questions in the exam, and this makes it easier to practice and prepare for it.'

- David Lakin, A-Level Government and Politics

'I'm finding the course really engaging and am managing to both remember and learn multiple new topics within biology.'

- Oliver Sheldon, A-Level Biology

'I find the coursework from yourselves very good and coupled with the textbooks, I am making good progress with Geography. In particular both your course notes and the textbook have a lot of sample questions, which enables you to see that you are progressing. I am happy with the way things are going, and I am impressed by the syllabus material that you have sent.'

- Brian Martin, A-Level Geography

How to Choose Your A-Levels
  • Number: Decide how many subjects you'd like to study. For example, find out how many UCAS points you need if you want to go to University, or work out how much time you have to study each week. Most of our students will work towards 1 and 5 A-Levels.
  • Level of interest: Choose subjects that interest you, and in which you've had some previous successes, whether at GCSE level, or personally. This is a good option for those who aren't sure of their career direction just yet.
  • Direction: If you have an idea of where you want to go with your career, try and choose some subjects that complement it. For example, if you want to go into Market Research, then Business Studies and Maths and Statistics would be two great A-Level choices.
  • Newdents: If you're completely new to a subject but want to give it a go, then A-Levels offer one of the best courses on which to be a 'newdent', or a new student! They're intellectual enough to pursue seriously, but clear and accessible enough for those with little experience.