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About Online Education

How the A-Level Courses work

A-Level courses require 360 teaching hours to cover the content effectively. They normally are taught over a period of two years with students attending 4 – 5 sessions a week. Attendance is compulsory. Students will also be given homework and self-study tasks to ensure they understand the content and can apply their new knowledge.

Students will be provided with a “subject pack” once they enroll. This will include a Programme of Study, which explains how the course is structured and gives details of your syllabus and examinations. Alongside this, you will receive access to course materials and assignments. You will need  digital textbooks which can be purchased via our online platform.

Choosing the correct pathways

Once you contact Alary College, we will organise an informal meeting to discuss your A-Level options to ensure you choose the correct choices for your future. Sometimes our students have trouble determining which route they would be most successful following. For an extra fee of £100, students will be given the opportunity to complete a series of “brain games” online with YouScience®

Brightpath is an aptitude-based guidance platform that leverages data and artificial intelligence to help students identify their aptitudes, validate their skills, and get matched with educational and career pathways.

What happens when I enrol

Once you have paid the registration fee, we will send you an introduction to each A-Level course and a list of books you will need. We recommend you purchase digital textbooks. We will also send you the dates for examinations.

You will be provided with links to GoogleClassroom, where your lessons will take place at a set time each week.  Your teachers will also contact you for a brief introduction to their course and to get to know you. Your parents will be updated frequently on your progress to ensure you are on target to achieve the grades you require.

Currently, we offer the following opportunities each week

We also have regular guest speakers every two which we advertise to all students. 

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities play a crucial role in the holistic development of students. We offer a wide range of advantages that extend beyond academic learning and encourage our students to join.

Extracurricular activities provide opportunities for students to acquire new skills that may not be taught in the classroom. Students can develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, time management, communication, problem-solving, and creativity.

Engaging in extracurricular activities can help students build self-confidence and self-esteem. As they achieve goals, overcome challenges, and receive recognition for their efforts, their sense of self-worth improves, contributing to overall personal growth.

Extracurricular activities provide a platform for students to meet and interact with peers who share similar interests. This helps in forming friendships, improving social skills, and enhancing their ability to collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds.

Participation in extracurricular activities can enhance a student’s university application. Admissions committees often value well-rounded individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to various activities beyond academics.

Homework, Self-study and Assessments

Alongside our academic classes, we expect our students to complete homeworks for each subject, set by the class teacher. This will be around 2 – 3 hours a week per subject. Students must also engage in their own self – study, reading through their class notes and learning the material being taught. In class, teachers will provide quizzes and short assessments to determine the level of the student. At the end of units, mock examinations will ensure both teacher and student know their current working-at level. This will leave enough time for support and revision before external examinations.

Homwork and self-study
Exams and exams centres

Examination Entry and Examination Centres

Our A Level courses lead to Pearson Edexcel qualifications. Examinations can be sat in October, January and May/June. Students who do not perform well in a particular module will have the opportunity to resit the exam in one of these exam sessions.

You will need to apply to an exam centre to take A level exams. We will find the closest centre to you, where you will sit your exams. It is important that you attend the exam on the date we provide and at the correct time.

Examination results

You will receive your results electronically from Pearson Edexcel or Cambridge  on a specific date which we will provide you with.

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The advantages of Online Education

Flexibility and Convenience

Online education allows students to learn at their own pace and schedule, which can be especially beneficial for those with varying learning speeds or other commitments like extracurricular activities.

Customized Learning

Online platforms can adapt to a student’s learning level and style, offering personalized content and challenges that cater to their strengths and weaknesses. This individualized approach can enhance learning outcomes.

Access to a Variety of Resources

Online education provides access to a wide range of resources such as videos, interactive simulations, digital textbooks, and educational games, enriching the learning experience.

Global Learning Opportunities

Online education breaks down geographical barriers, allowing students to interact with other students and teachers from around the world. This can broaden their cultural awareness and perspective.

Self-Directed Learning Skills

Online learning encourages students to take ownership of their education, fostering skills like self-discipline, time management, and goal setting.

Safety and Comfort

Online education can provide a safe and comfortable learning environment, especially for students who might face social or physical challenges in traditional classroom settings.

Learning Beyond Classroom

Students can explore topics beyond the confines of a traditional curriculum, pursuing their interests and passions in greater depth.

Parental Involvement

Online education often requires greater involvement from parents, allowing them to actively participate in their child’s learning journey. This can strengthen the parent-child relationship and keep parents informed about their child’s progress.

Reduction in Commuting Stress

Online education eliminates the need for daily commuting to school, reducing stress for both children and parents.

Individual Attention

Online platforms can offer one-on-one interactions with teachers or tutors, providing focused attention and support for students who need extra help in specific subjects.

Preparation for Digital Skills

As the world becomes more digital, online education equips students with the technological skills and digital literacy they’ll need in their future careers.

Health and Well-being

During times of health concerns (such as pandemics), online education can provide a safe alternative to in-person learning, ensuring that students can continue their education without interruption.