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List of schools that offer A levels.

Can anybody please give them to me? I just can't find it. And by the way ignore the geneve british school, I got denied today :'(
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Re: List of schools that offer A levels.

Google gave me that list, is that somehow close to what you are looking for? I am afraid one has to click one's way through the websites.
http://geneva.angloinfo.com/af/250/g...schooling.html

And here a little help from the Swiss themselves:
http://www.letemps.ch/ecoles?canton=ge#liste_ecoles

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Re: List of schools that offer A levels.

I could only get ahold of one school and its 31k frs per year AND with a 6k deposit....etc etc I am not going in there thats for sure

the rest are all IB.. I only do A levels I want to finish what I started which is the British curriculum.
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Re: List of schools that offer A levels.

I understand now, you have to finish a A-level you've started. Well, in that case, ask in the UK where and how you can do it as distant-education. British curriculum is of no interest for people here and for the British expats, laws of free market apply and that is very costly.
Btw, I didn't know it was possible to be denied at British school... or is it just the price? From what I've heard, they are very good at doing the liaison with british education.
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Can anybody please give them to me? I just can't find it. And by the way ignore the geneve british school, I got denied today :'(
Have you tried Academia in Basel? I know they follow the UK Curriculum to GCSE Level but don't know about to A Level
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Re: List of schools that offer A levels.

I mean I have done GCSES and I am about to start A levels, it's variety of choice is better then IB.

The thing that is still keeping me from going to UK is that I am swiss and I know Switzerland better and I can work here at the same time to earn money for my self expenses ... etc since my mother is going to pay the school.

I got denied today because I have failed their A level tests, somehow they are new subjects that I am going to take and they have assessed me in it. Although it isn't logic since I have never done them I should learn it throughout the year...
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Have you tried Academia in Basel? I know they follow the UK Curriculum to GCSE Level but don't know about to A Level
I am going to email them later, though I am sure there is other schools...
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I mean I have done GCSES and I am about to start A levels, it's variety of choice is better then IB.

The thing that is still keeping me from going to UK is that I am swiss and I know Switzerland better and I can work here at the same time to earn money for my self expenses ... etc since my mother is going to pay the school.

I got denied today because I have failed their A level tests, somehow they are new subjects that I am going to take and they have assessed me in it. Although it isn't logic since I have never done them I should learn it throughout the year...
I have just done a quick Google search on Academia and according to their website (www.academia-international.ch/en/index.php) they do offer A Levels
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Re: List of schools that offer A levels.

What ever your reasons are for doing A-levels rather than IB or Matura/Maturité, you are in Switzerland where the british system is foreign and of use for only an extremly restricted number of people. Paying the fees of private education is the price. And Google gives lists of schools in all cantons like the one I showed you for Geneva...

Btw, the reason why IB does not give as much options of subjects is that by nature, they have to make sure the IB diploma is recognised in as many countries as possible, and the range of valid subjects in most countries is far narrower than in the UK. Even if you take IB, you have to be careful, as you for example can't study in Germany if you took Psychology as a subject (not valid as a Diploma subject there). You have to check the requirements of the countries and universities that are relevant to your future. In other words, A-levels make it very hard to study outside the UK. Always check the subjects needed for later on.
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Re: List of schools that offer A levels.

If you want to do A'Levels, have you thought of doing so in England. There are state schools, like the last one I taught at, which have boarding facilities. The education is free, you only pay for boarding. However, as Faltrad says, you need to be clear about the implications when it comes to Uni entrance.
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I have just done a quick Google search on Academia and according to their website (www.academia-international.ch/en/index.php) they do offer A Levels
That is true, I have emailed them.

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What ever your reasons are for doing A-levels rather than IB or Matura/Maturité, you are in Switzerland where the british system is foreign and of use for only an extremly restricted number of people. Paying the fees of private education is the price. And Google gives lists of schools in all cantons like the one I showed you for Geneva...

Btw, the reason why IB does not give as much options of subjects is that by nature, they have to make sure the IB diploma is recognised in as many countries as possible, and the range of valid subjects in most countries is far narrower than in the UK. Even if you take IB, you have to be careful, as you for example can't study in Germany if you took Psychology as a subject (not valid as a Diploma subject there). You have to check the requirements of the countries and universities that are relevant to your future. In other words, A-levels make it very hard to study outside the UK. Always check the subjects needed for later on.
I don't want to do IB because the subjects I have to take I am not good at it, one of them are Maths, which I dropped it in IGCSE because I wasn't good.

I am not planning to study in Germany. The places that I am still thinking about going for university is UK or USA, I don't know anywhere else to go. They are already the top country's with top educations skills.


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If you want to do A'Levels, have you thought of doing so in England. There are state schools, like the last one I taught at, which have boarding facilities. The education is free, you only pay for boarding. However, as Faltrad says, you need to be clear about the implications when it comes to Uni entrance.
Yes I have thought about the state school, the advantage of me studying in switzerland is because I can work and study. I don't know anything about UK, me going there will be spending more since I will be new to the country, but going there for university is different I will be 19 after I finished my A levels and I can do anything alone since ill be an adult.

But what do you mean about the boarding thing? And do they were uniform for A level students? I hate uniforms...


Info: I can really do them at home but what I want is to see other students and interact with and when I finish A2 I graduate like all other students, I've been going in an education path that really made me struggle all the way.... Since I moved from Switzerland in secondary school and the education was poor and due to that everything became harder...
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I don't want to do IB because the subjects I have to take I am not good at it, one of them are Maths, which I dropped it in IGCSE because I wasn't good.
As far as I'm aware, you still require GCSE Maths (or its equivalent) at grade C or above to get into a UK University. If you're set on following the A-level route, and you don't have the C grade, then I'd consider retaking alongside the A-levels.

(Things may have changed in the 3 years I haven't been teaching in the UK - a quick google shows it looks like Maths is still required, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong).
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I don't want to do IB because the subjects I have to take I am not good at it, one of them are Maths, which I dropped it in IGCSE because I wasn't good..
I don't mean to be rude, but if you can't even take IB math studies, then are you sure you should go to university in the first place? IB math studies is really easy middle school maths. Other subjects will be far more difficult to get than math studies... because at the end of the day, A levels or IB, you still have to get to a certain academic level. And even UK universities have certain entry requirements... grades and type of subjects.

Your situation is not clear at all. You seem to be in Switzerland allready and you don't want to hear anything about other school system than the british one. Where were you until now at school? What do your school of last year say about further education for you? Why didn't you find your answers at that school in the first place? What make you think that you would succeed only in the british system? Who told you that? Where did you get your information to come to the decision of taking A levels without maths? How is it even possible to think that you can get a high school diploma leading to university without some kind of maths? What or who made you think that A levels are easier than the IB? Who is paying for what in your familly? Why were you rejected from Geneva british school? Why is a young person like you alone on the internet for this search?

So basically, you want to study exactly like in the UK but in Switzerland. Now I understand why you don't find what you want. We have to guess far too much about your situation to be able to help you. I gave you the school list for Geneva, google gives you the other cantons. Good luck.
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As far as I'm aware, you still require GCSE Maths (or its equivalent) at grade C or above to get into a UK University. If you're set on following the A-level route, and you don't have the C grade, then I'd consider retaking alongside the A-levels.

(Things may have changed in the 3 years I haven't been teaching in the UK - a quick google shows it looks like Maths is still required, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong).
No, for undergraduate Law, they don't require it, most of the russel group said the subjects you take are your own choice, besides I took math last year and I failed, now as I said this was due to poor education, and when I will apply to university I will make sure they know that because it's not my fault.
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besides I took math last year and I failed, now as I said this was due to poor education, and when I will apply to university I will make sure they know that because it's not my fault.
They couldn't care less.

EDIT: Following sentence is highly ironic, shakur didn't get it (it's ok, but it explains his reaction below)
Take IB, it's good education, if you really failed only because of poor education before, the problem is solved and you'll pass.

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I don't mean to be rude, but if you can't even take IB math studies, then are you sure you should go to university in the first place? IB math studies is really easy middle school maths. Other subjects will be far more difficult to get than math studies... because at the end of the day, A levels or IB, you still have to get to a certain academic level.

Your situation is not clear at all. You seem to be in Switzerland allready and you don't want to hear anything about other school system than the british one. Where were you until now at school? What do your school of last year say about further education for you? Why didn't you find your answers at that school in the first place? What make you think that you would succeed only in the british system? Who told you that? Where did you get your information to come to the decision of taking A levels without maths? How is it even possible to think that you can get a high school diploma leading to university without some kind of maths? What or who made you think that A levels are easier than the IB? Who is paying for what in your familly? Why were you rejected from Geneva british school? Why is a young person like you alone on the internet for this search?

So basically, you want to study exactly like in the UK but in Switzerland. Now I understand why you don't find what you want. We have to guess far too much about your situation to be able to help you. I gave you the school list for Geneva, google gives you the other cantons. Good luck.
First of all, getting into Law undergraduate requires strong subjects in A level, and an example are these : History, English Literature and French, they require A's to be in a Russel group university. They use your GCSE as a extra key, they don't depend on it solely !

I am not yet in Switzerland, I have been studying in Egypt for the past 2 years. And I have just complete IGCSE ( I resat them )

My school didn't say anything they said to choose between A levels or IB.

Which answer? I have all the answers I need.

Because I feel good in the british system, it offers freedom of choice.

Are you serious? DO YOU know anything about A levels? because what you just asked me about the A level completing it with Maths you don't know anything, A levels you are free to choose and it all depends on what you want to do in university, if I want to be an engineer than yes math is required, if I want to enter Law then no, Math is not required, the subjects I stated is what universities in Russel group requires, with ofcourse A's as results.

They are both considered in the same category, comparisons was made and IB is yet a little easier but the amount of subjects taken which is 6 in IB are equivalent to 3 in A levels.

My mother is.

I decided to take new subjects for my A levels, the subjects I stated above. And they made me an entry test and I failed it because I have yet to learn it throughout the years coming.

Do you think I am a kid of 9 years old asking me this question? I am 17 and I have been doing all my researches from last year ALONE, I have learned to do everything alone I don't need my parents for this, I give them information that I have found through the internet and they decide, they won't do it for me I have to look what makes me feel good, not them, they used to do that until I was done through Highschool.
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They couldn't care less.
Take IB, it's good education, if you really failed only because of poor education before, the problem is solved and you'll pass.
Are you serious? I have already emailed multiple universities and they said that my situation should be put in my personal information as this could help them very much. And that they could offer me a place IF my A level scores are A's

And no sorry, IB I won't do it. I prefer A levels.
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comparisons was made and IB is yet a little easier.
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And they made me an entry test and I failed it because I have yet to learn it throughout the years coming.
Fact is that you fail entry test and you still want to get in. I apologize deeply for using logical thinking.

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If you say so...

Fact is that you fail entry test and you still want to get in. I apologize deeply for using logical thinking.
What is your problem seriously? I have the right to take new courses...

And by the I saw it before you edited ... this still shows my reason ... 3 A level = 6 IB, look at the indepth of the course is way tougher then IB.
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No, for undergraduate Law, they don't require it
First of all Shakur, I would strongly recommend you retake GCSE maths while completing your A Levels. Maudthecat was right, maths GCSE is required at grade C to get entry to most UK universities (the same is true for English Language). I'm surprised you have not seen this requirement as you said you've extensively researched for yourself. You mentioned Russell Group universities, I checked a couple: Oxford require a C in GCSE maths, and UCL a B.

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They use your GCSE as a extra key, they don't depend on it solely
But you will be expected to have very good GCSE grades. From Nottingham 'A GCSE record should contain outstanding grades of A and A*.' And from LSE 'Most have already achieved excellent GCSE grades including the majority at A* and A. The Law selectors consider not just the number of top GCSE grades that you have, but also your overall GCSE subject profile.' So your GCSE grades are important.

Law is a very popular programme, something I think you have overlooked. It is especially competitive at the Russell Group universities. Having 3 A Levels at grade A isn't enough. For the top 10 ranked law programmes the average no. UCAS points on entry was about 500. 3 A grades at A Level is only 360 points. So you see the problem with having just 3 A levels. Also bear in mind that some universities require you to take the LNAT.

I would suggest you do some more research and some serious thinking before going any further.

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