Thursday, 2 April 2015

A levels are changing – what you need to know

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Starting from this September, A levels will be changing. NEC will use the changes in the specifications as an opportunity to enhance our services and ensure that we are delivering A levels in the best possible way. Our students are people who need a second chance, and they deserve the best possible support to help them overcome the obstacles they face.

The changes will be phased in over the next three years, starting from September 2015. The first subjects to change will include History, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Business and Economics. We will be bringing in new courses for Physics and Chemistry.

Chief Executive of NEC Ros Morpeth says, ‘NEC is particularly pleased to be offering Physics and Chemistry at A level from September. There is a growing interest in all the science subjects. NEC has seen an increase every year in enrolments on our science and maths GCSEs and A levels. University applications for all science and engineering subjects have increased, for example the Institute of Physics reports that applications from students to study for a degree in Physics has risen by an astonishing 40% over the last four years.

‘Up until now NEC has not been able to offer A level Physics and Chemistry to distance learning students because of the difficulty students have in getting access to labs to do the practical work. The changes to the new A level specifications have made it possible to bring back courses for these subjects again and we are delighted to be able to add Physics and Chemistry to our range of A level subjects. These new subjects along with a revised Biology A level will all be available to enrol on from September this year.’

We have created a page on our website to answer your questions about the A level changes, and how they will affect the choices of our learners. Please click here to view the guide.

Course Co-ordinator Rosanna adds, ‘If you enrol on a current A level, where you need to prepare for the summer 2016 exams, we are here to support you. Via your online subject groups you will get information about making exam arrangements and email reminders for when to do this. If your subject has coursework this will need to be completed by March 2016, but again there is plenty of information on your subject group, and there will be lots of reminders over the year! Your course tutor and myself are always just an email or phone call away as well.’

If you’re considering taking the plunge and getting started on an A level in time for next summer’s exams, you’ll be pleased to hear today is the first day of our Easter weekend special offer – from today until Tuesday 9th you can enrol on any A level or (I)GCSE subject and enjoy a discount of 20% off the cost of your course fees. This is one our best offers yet, so don’t miss out! Check our Special Offers page for full details.

For more information about NEC and our wide range of flexible distance learning courses, including A levels, visit our website. You can keep up with all the latest NEC news and events by subscribing to our email newsletter or following our blog. We can also be found on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

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