What affects the cost of an A Level qualification?
There are several things to consider if you’re looking at the cost of studying an A Level qualification. These include:
Your learning provider
A Level qualification costs will differ with each provider, so taking the time to compare course fees is entirely in your benefit.
While learning providers do tend to set the prices of their qualifications based on guidelines from awarding bodies and associations, each provider will set its own prices for its A Level subjects.
A Level courses are free to UK students aged 16 to 18. However, it’s worth noting that in some particular circumstances, there are colleges that may consider waiving part of if not your entire course fee and offer you A Level courses for free if you’re aged between the ages of 19 and 23.
If you’re past the age of 23, then the cost of getting your A Levels as an adult will depend on the school you choose to study with, your course, and how you study.
Your study route
You can study your A Level qualification either online or in a classroom.
If you choose to study in a classroom, then you’ll need to attend in-person classes each week, typically in a sixth form or college. Lessons are taught on a tight schedule alongside other students, so you’ll have to cover the (often hefty) cost of your course materials and commute, making this option the more expensive and inflexible choice.
If you choose an online course, you can learn online from anywhere and benefit from reduced course costs since most of your course materials will also be online, and there’s no need to worry about a commute (or finding a decent pair of trousers).
Online learning providers tend to be the more flexible option because they allow you the freedom to choose when and how often you study, meaning you’re not only benefitting from saving your money but your valuable time as well.
A Level exam fees
Exam entry fees are typically not covered in your initial course costs and tend to range from £84 to £190 per exam depending on the A Level course and the exam centre you choose to sit with.
If you become an online student, you’ll sit your exams in-person at the same time as those students who have chosen to study in a classroom. The only difference is that you’ll be solely responsible for booking your exam - but not to worry, AQA post a list of exam centres that accept private candidates.