To help you get the best results from your study, we offer a range of 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 offers two services to support you in your UCAS Application. 

  1. Predicted Grades and References
  2. Personal Statement review


You can choose from:

  1. Predicted grades and reference (£60)
  2. Official confirmation of predicted grades (£20)

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 2024 entry to university, the deadline to submit assignment work is by 16th September 2023 for 16th October 2023 UCAS deadline, and by 16th December 2023 for 31st January 2024 UCAS deadline.

UCAS is changing the format of References for the 2024 cycle. It will now have 3 distinct sections:

Section 1: establishment details – a general statement about NEC (mandatory)

Section 2: any information about extenuating circumstances which may affect an applicant’s performance in examinations or other assessments (optional)

Section 3: any other supportive information specific to the applicant that universities/colleges should be aware of (optional)

Extenuating circumstances

NEC is able to comment on the non-standard educational route of distance learning and we may be able to acknowledge information you have provided to NEC either on the ‘More About You’ form completed at enrolment or via our Pastoral service.

Supportive Information

NEC may be able to include relevant academic comments from your tutors in Section 3 – Supportive Information. We are not able to request comments from your tutors until you have completed a minimum of 50% of your course assignments (as for predicted grades).

Please note that due to the nature of distance learning, NEC is unable to comment on work experience or extracurricular activities. 

Once you have enrolled for this service, if NEC is providing all of your predicted grades and acting as your referee then you can opt to use NEC as your UCAS centre. We can provide you with our buzzword. Alternatively, we can email your predicted grade(s) and/or reference to an external referee of your choosing to be incorporated into their reference, or send this directly to your university. 


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.

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 services request 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 provides 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 is 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.