To help you get the best results from your study, we offer a range additional services that can be purchased separately.

Past paper marking

You can choose to add a past paper to be marked. Our A level and AS level courses include one past paper as standard, so if you’d like more to be marked, then this service would be useful.

The fee is £40.

Revision tutorial

If you’d like help to plan and manage your revision timetable before taking your exams, you can choose either a one hour or 30 minute tutorial, designed to help you to structure your revision. The session will be tailored to your individual needs and led by the tutor.

Revision tutorials cost £45 for 30 minutes or £60 for one hour.

Optional tutorial

As with the above, you can choose the duration and this will be useful if there is a particular area that requires additional attention. You can choose the subject of the tutorial.

Optional tutorials cost £45 for 30 minutes or £60 for one hour.

Additional review

An additional review can be provided on your progress to date.

The fee for a Review is £40.

UCAS Application Service

NEC offer two services to support you in your UCAS Application. 

  1. Predicted Grades and references
  2. Personal Statement review


You can choose to have a standard reference or a personalised reference, with your predicted grades

Option  1 –  Standard Service (£25)

This service provides you with predicted grades and a standard reference. A standard reference will:

  • Confirm your predicted grade
  • Include confirmation of your enrolment dates, and an acknowledgement if you are studying your course in one academic year instead of two
  • Highlight that NEC courses are flexible distance learning courses, which reflects the type of self-study you will be expected to undertake in higher education
  • Outline the skills which are gained in independent learning (organisation, self-motivation, time management, responsibility and independent research skills) which are highly applicable to higher education

Please note: You need to have completed 50% of your course assignments for NEC to provide a predicted grade.  

Once you have completed sufficient assignment work for predicted grades to be provided*, if we are your referee we can work with you to upload your reference to UCAS, or alternatively we can email your predicted grade(s) to an external referee of your choosing to be incorporated into your reference, or send this directly to your university. 

Please be aware that, for 2023 entry to university, the deadline to submit assignment work is by the 15th September 2022 for the October 2022 UCAS deadline, and 15th December for the January 2023 UCAS deadline.

Option 2 – Premium Service (£75) 

The Premium Service provides you with predicted grades and Premium reference. A Premium reference includes everything that our standard reference does, as well as personalised information from your tutor(s) about your academic performance on the course so far.

Please note: You need to have completed 50% of your course assignments for NEC to provide a predicted grade.

Once you have enrolled for this service, we will email you with a buzzword so that you can apply to UCAS using  NEC as a centre. This means that once you have completed the Education section of your UCAS application, we can upload your predicted grades and reference directly, so you don’t need to worry about it. 


The Personal Statement is the section of the UCAS application form where you tell the Admissions Tutors of your chosen universities about yourself and why you want to study the course you are applying to. You have an upper limit of 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines) to do this. The same Personal Statement will be sent to all of the different universities and courses you are applying to, so we have found this can be a challenging task for a lot of students. 

NEC’s Personal Statement Review is a chance for you to gain additional support by submitting a draft of your Personal Statement to one of our experienced tutors for feedback. As far as possible, we will try to match you with one of our tutors who has a background in the area you want to study.

You can purchase a Personal Statement Review alongside either Option 1 or Option 2, or even on its own, depending on what is best for you.

Important information about predicted grades*

Predicted grades are a key part of the UCAS application process. They reflect the grade of qualification that your tutor believes you are likely to achieve in positive circumstances, which is then used by universities and colleges as an indicator of your academic ability and suitability for higher education. 

NEC can only provide you with predicted grades for the course or courses you study with us once you have completed 50% of your course assignments, not including your Introductory Assignment. This requirement is because your tutor needs to have seen enough evidence of your usual way of working to base a predicted grade or academic comment on.  

Please be aware that, for 2023 entry to university, the deadline to submit assignment work is by 15th September for the October UCAS deadline, and 15th December for the January UCAS deadline. This is to allow enough time for your information to be sent where it needs to go before the deadline. 

Ways to find more information:

Pre-enrolment: Contact our Course Advice Team at or give them a call at 0800 389 2839. 

After you enrol: Have a look at our Applying to University area on learn@nec, your learning platform, for more detailed guidance. You can also find our UCAS application form here, once you’re ready.

If you are considering applying to university, please have a look at the UCAS website in good time. UCAS provide a lot of resources to support you in making your application, including key dates you need to be aware of, specific course information and how to apply. NEC are not able to provide support about any entry requirements you will need to meet. 

Pastoral Care Service

We welcome and value all students and want to ensure you have the opportunity to achieve your goals. Learn more about our pastoral care service here.