For many of our online distance learning courses, you’ll have to sit exams to get your qualification. Although our courses are designed to be completely flexible as far as your study timetable is concerned, exams are governed by the awarding organisation for the qualification.
Our GCSE and A level courses are offered in conjunction with leading UK examination boards, and just like taking your examinations at school or college, exams are strictly controlled, and can only be sat on certain dates, and at registered exam centres.
Some of our other courses are offered in partnership with professional awarding bodies, and also require you to complete some assessed assignments or a portfolio of work, but don’t necessarily require that you sit formal exams.
As an approved centre we are able to cover both exams and non-exam assessment:
- Written exams
- Oral exams
- Practical science endorsements
- Spoken language endorsements
Our specific course information pages will tell you what’s required for your course.
If you have any questions or want to find out more about booking exams with NEC, contact our friendly team and we’ll be happy to share our expertise to help you make the right choice.
At NEC, we understand that finding an exam centre and making sure you’re correctly entered can be stressful. That’s why we offer a guaranteed exam place for our students at one of our partnership exam centres.
By choosing to take your exams at one of our partnership exam centres you can be confident that the application process will be seamless. All of our centres work hard to provide a professional and friendly service, which is valued very highly by our students.
We have partnership exam centres all over the UK, in:
Belfast, Birmingham (written exams and practical endorsement), Bolton, Cambridge, Coventry, Doncaster, Fareham (available to under 18s and GCSE exams only), High Wycombe, Liverpool (practical endorsement only), London (Wimbledon), Oxford, St Neots, Stockton-on-Tees, Swindon and Taunton.
If you wish to sit your exams in one of these partnership centres, our student support team can arrange this for you.
Once you’re enrolled on your course, you’ll find more information about exams on our student portal learn@nec.
You don’t have to use one of NEC’s partnership exam centres. If you decide not to use one of our centres you can enter privately with a centre of your choice.
If you choose to do this, it’s important that you understand you are fully responsible for making sure you’ve entered the correct exams. If you’ve booked privately, the support NEC will be able to offer you should any issues arise will be very limited.
We recommend that you book your exams at least six months before the exam session starts. Private exam centres will have their own exam entry deadlines which are likely to be earlier than those listed by the awarding organisations.
GCSE and A level courses in modern foreign languages include oral exams as part of the exam assessments.
If your course includes an oral exam we can guarantee you a place at a number of our partnership exam centres.
If you are thinking about using a private exam centre remember to check that they can deal with all aspects of the assessment, including orals, as your exam entry can’t be split across two centres.
The cost of sitting your exams is not included in your course fee. This is because the cost of sitting exams varies depending on your choice of exam centre and whether your subject involves oral exams, coursework, spoken language endorsements or practical science endorsements.
You should also bear in mind that you will need to make your own travel arrangements to attend your exam.
We try to keep our exam fees as low as possible and we will be always upfront about the costs. As an NEC student you’ll be able to find a full list of exam fees on learn@nec.
Or you can contact us to find out more about the exam fees you’re likely to have to pay.
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