Explore Our AS levels

NEC offers some of the best distance learning AS levels available. Our 55-plus years’ experience and track record of higher than average grades gives you the confidence that we can help you get your best results.

You can choose to enrol for an AS level in any of the subjects we offer at A level (except classical civilisation and English literature). And if you finish your AS level and decide that you want to go on to A level, get in touch and we'll talk through your options.

Whatever the reason you’re choosing home study courses, you can trust NEC’s 55-plus years' of experience to support you.

Why are AS levels so important?

AS levels are important stepping stones to A level qualifications as they enable you to start exploring a subject in depth before committing to a full A level. They’re also useful if you’re applying for university and need to top up your UCAS points. Or it could be that you simply want to study a subject that you enjoy, within a formal framework.


Studying AS levels with NEC

AS levels are academic courses which involve you in intensive independent reading, thinking and essay writing. It’s important to choose subjects that you enjoy and are interested in, as students who choose subjects they enjoy tend to get the most out of their study experience. 
With NEC’s flexible online A level courses, you study at a time and pace to suit you. All our AS level courses are written by experienced teachers and examiners, and are accredited by the internationally recognised and respected awarding bodies: AQA, Pearson Edexcel and OCR.

When you become an NEC student, you’ll be supported by a personal tutor. All our tutors are subject specialists with a teaching qualification. You’ll also be able to call on the expertise of our dedicated student support team, by email or on the phone.

NEC are experts in online distance learning AS levels

Over the last 55-plus years, thousands of adults and young people across the UK and beyond have gained life-changing qualifications by studying AS levels with NEC, often going on to complete the A level. What matters most to us is the success of our students, so we offer all the support you need, combined with total flexibility to learn the way you want to. We’re so confident in our expertise that we offer all students our exam pass guarantee. 

Courses designed for online distance learning

NEC are innovators in distance learning, and all our courses are designed specifically for independent learners. You’ll access all your high quality course materials on learn@nec, our easy-to-use online learning platform, and your personal tutor will be there to help you succeed, commenting on your course assignments and preparing you for your exams.

We’ll provide all the course materials you need, and optional extra study guides are available to help you develop better study skills. The only essentials you need to provide are an internet connection, a sufficient standard of English to be able to understand the subject materials, and a drive to succeed!

Join an online learning community

Studying independently doesn’t have to mean studying alone. When you enrol to study online AS levels with NEC, as well as having access to your personal tutor and dedicated student support team, you’ll become part of a friendly national and international online learning community. So wherever you’re studying from – whether at home in the UK or abroad, or on an overseas posting in the Forces – you’ll be in good company.