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AQA A-Level exams in Switzerland

I went to school in England and am currently taking a gap year in Switzerland. I would like to retake my AQA A-Level german. For me to do that I need to find a school first that offer it in Switzerland. I have looked all around Zurich and cannot find a single one that does. Does anyone know of schools that offer AQA exams in Switzerland? Thank you
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Re: AQA A-Level exams in Switzerland

There are none as far as I know. Are there any large differences between the boards? I didn't even know which board I was taking my AS-Level Spanish for, I just did the preparation at home using a computer programme and got an A (this was for the Edexcel board that Hull's School uses). I have an AQA German A-Level too, again, I did almost no preparation (because I am an idiot and assumed that simply speaking fluent German was enough, did not do any of the prescribed reading, attended zero classes at sixth form - do not follow this example, could have gone very wrong) but still got an A there too, simply because I am fluent in German (it was a German-speaking high school here that kicked me out for being too thick to math).

This is not to show off, just to say that if you have a good command of the language, it shouldn't really matter which examination board you are tested by. This is probably different for other subjects but for languages, they should be testing for the same thing: your ability to understand, speak and write German as well as a rough knowledge of important German literature, at least it was back in the day . And if this is no longer the case, then I doubt it would take you very long to read up on the requirements of the different exam board. You get your certificates on separate papers anyway, I three different ones for my six A-Levels because I took two in the first year, three at one school and another at a different place (the local sixth form did not offer that course, so I did evening classes at a local college) in the second year.

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...This is not to show off, just to say that if you have a good command of the language, it shouldn't really matter which examination board you are tested by...
It shouldn't matter anyway. A levels are supposed to be consistent across the boards.
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That makes sense; I just wonder if they have different workbooks with different examples to prepare, such as having vectors being covered using boats in one case and planes in another. Of course, it should be a transferable skill but I remember A-levels as being something that caused severe anguish to many of my fellow students and that can throw off the less confident ones completely. Or maybe the previous suggestion of "just read as widely as possible" for the language A-Levels has been replaced by a specific reading list. Still, those things are easy to find out and should not take too long to adjust for.
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That makes sense; I just wonder if they have different workbooks with different examples to prepare, such as having vectors being covered using boats in one case and planes in another. Of course, it should be a transferable skill but I remember A-levels as being something that caused severe anguish to many of my fellow students and that can throw off the less confident ones completely. Or maybe the previous suggestion of "just read as widely as possible" for the language A-Levels has been replaced by a specific reading list. Still, those things are easy to find out and should not take too long to adjust for.
Consistent in terms of standards, yes, but content and coursework requirements (and also exam requirements) can vary quite a bit between boards so you do need to know the specification and exam paper requirements for specific exam boards.

OP try contacting the Hull school in Zurich. I know they're connected to Academia College in Basel and Academia offers international A levels in various subjects. If they can't at least point you in the right direction I'd be very suprised. Failing that, you may need to contact AQA direct, and ask if they can help you with a list of international centres (if they exist). There should be contact numbers for subjects on their website (or at least a starting point email address).

Good luck.

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I went to school in England and am currently taking a gap year in Switzerland. I would like to retake my AQA A-Level german. For me to do that I need to find a school first that offer it in Switzerland. I have looked all around Zurich and cannot find a single one that does. Does anyone know of schools that offer AQA exams in Switzerland? Thank you
Yes Academia in Basel, they offer A Levels, my son studied there. Teachers were excellent and its small and friendly, good luck.
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