Distance Learning Company ICS Expects More Applications for a Level Re-takes This Year

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Leading distance learning provider ICS is expecting another rise in applications to re-take A levels via home study after pupils in England and Wales got their results today.

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...distance learning can provide an alternative route to gaining the qualifications you need, even if your exams didn’t quite go to plan.

Leading distance learning provider ICS is expecting another rise in applications to re-take A levels via home study after pupils in England and Wales got their results today (Thursday 19th August).

With more students chasing fewer places at campus universities, the Glasgow-based home learning company is also expecting to see more enquiries for the degree courses it offers.

Last year the Glasgow-based home study company saw A level enrols increase to 6449, almost 10 per cent up on the previous year’s figure of 5888. A quarter of the applications for ICS’s A level courses are always received in September as pupils and their parents decide what route to take if they haven’t achieved the results they were hoping for.

Sally Pulvertaft, managing director of ICS, said: “This is an extremely stressful time of the year for thousands of A-level students. We get a lot of calls from worried teenagers and their parents. What we are seeing as a result is more recognition that distance learning can provide an alternative route to gaining the qualifications you need, even if your exams didn’t quite go to plan.”

ICS offers A Levels in a range of subjects, from English language and Literature to History, Law and Psychology. The courses are completed by home study allowing students the flexibility to build their coursework around their home and any work commitments.

A wide range of degrees in subjects like English and History to Public Health and Psychology are also offered in partnership with the University of East London, Anglia Ruskin University and Edinburgh Napier University.

Jessica Thompson studied for a BA Hons in Psychology with ICS and UEL. “ICS offered me the flexibility to study around other personal and work commitments in my own time,” she said. ”The easy monthly payment options didn’t put any additional strain on my finances.”

Jude Preston achieved a BA Hons in Business Management with ICS. “Balancing studying with other commitments was not difficult,” he explained. “Being able to meet other students pursuing the same qualification as me was an added bonus. We kept in regular contact through the student community and met in person to bounce ideas off each other.”

Sally Pulvertaft added: “University places have never been so competitive but there are alternatives, so if things haven’t turned out as expected there’s no need to panic.

“Students who are looking for their next step should speak to a careers adviser about what they can do now. Everyone has setbacks in their career, but disappointing exam results don’t need to mean the end of the world.”

ICS has 40,000 students enrolled with it at any one time. It offers more than 100 courses ranging from GCSEs, A levels and degrees, to professional and vocational qualifications as well as hobby courses.

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