Thursday, 15 August 2013

A level results day 2013

The focus on A level results is quite naturally on school leavers and their transition from further to higher education: what their grades are, how they have compared with previous years, and what it means for access to higher education.

Many of NEC’s own students who will be getting their A level results today may be over 18, and are likely to have had to fit their studies around other commitments such as busy jobs and family responsibilities.

At NEC we know how much self-discipline and dedication these students have had to bring to their studies and we congratulate them. Their achievements are not always recognised but the country needs to encourage and keep open access routes to these students and make it possible for these highly motivated learners to succeed in their efforts to retrain or change careers.

Our students have achieved outstanding A level results today. Biology is one of the most popular subjects offered at NEC with around 200 learners enrolling each year to study the course by distance learning. 79.31% of Biology students have achieved grade A* - C, compared to the UK national average of 73.7% (as published today by the JCQ). We are still working through the results, but it is clear that Biology is not the only success this year.

NEC Student Service Manager Louise Tolhurst says, ‘We have seen some truly excellent results this year, and are really proud of our learners!  It is not always easy to study by distance learning, but our learners have proved once again that if you put your mind to it you can achieve your goals.’

If you haven't done as well as you'd hoped, you might want to resit your exams or redo your A levels. NEC was set up to help students who need the opportunity to try again, who missed out at school the first time round, or who wanted to retrain mid-career to go into a different profession.

When Cambridge News recently approached experts working in the field of education – including NEC – for their advice when it came to results day, our CEO Ros Morpeth had this to say: ‘If you don’t get the results you hope for and need to resit them we may be able to help you. NEC allows you to get A level or GCSE qualifications if you cannot go back to school or college because of work and family commitments, for example.’

For more ideas on what steps to take next, whatever your situation, we have put together a page on our website about results day, with useful links and helpful information.

We want to leave you today with a real success story. 21-year-old Miranda Stocks decided to study English Literature and Classical Civilisation A levels by distance learning, because she wasn't sure which degree to take, and took a couple of years out to develop her career. She received her results this morning and was overjoyed to see that she had achieved an A* for each subject. She is now heading to Hughes Hall at Cambridge University and hopes to go on to do a masters degree. Eventually she wants a career in Art Crime, recovering stolen paintings and uncovering forgeries.

About her experience, Miranda says, ‘I think it is a huge credit to the NEC that I was able to score over 90% in the majority of my exams and exceed my offer by getting two A*s – that would not have been achievable for anyone working under similar time constraints without the sort of support and guidance that the NEC gave me.’ She praised her tutors, saying, ‘They were terrific – always prompt to reply to my emails and always gave in-depth responses to my assignments and coursework.’

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