You can’t fail to notice that across the country young people are receiving their GCSE and IGCSE results today. Usually taken aged 16, a GCSE is classed as the first significant mark of achievement in a subject, showing that you have a good level of understanding of a subject area.
Many careers and further education options require a GCSE level education, often in maths and English, such as childcare, teaching, midwifery, physiotherapy and many more. So what happens if you didn’t get that all important C grade while you were at school?
That’s where NEC comes in.
Our students are also getting their results today, but unlike schools up and down the country, our learners come from all walks of life and range in age from 9 to 95! Many are taking a second chance at learning to change their lives and take a new career path.
NEC Student Services Administrator Maria told us, ‘I’m always inspired by our students on results day. I get to know them well throughout the course, I know who suffers with nerves and who really needs this pass to get onto a teaching course. I know who struggled to fit study in around their job and family life, and who managed to study a lot quicker than they anticipated. Each and every one of our students has different barriers and aspirations, but on this day they all share something. They can be proud of what they have achieved and that they are a step closer to changing their lives.’
One student who received an excellent result today is Jacqueline, who studied IGCSE History and got an A grade. 'I'm amazed and thrilled to bits,' she said. 'It's been 32 years since I was at school, leaving with only CSEs, so I wasn't expecting to get this kind of result. My tutor, Susan, worked hard to keep me focused throughout the course. I'm just over the moon.'
Of course not everyone will achieve the grade they hoped for. To those students, both at NEC or at any other school or college, our CEO Ros Morpeth has this to say: ‘If you don’t get the results you wanted, don’t panic. Remember to ask for advice and to explore other options. If you need to resit a subject your own school or college may be able to help.
‘If you cannot go back to school or college possibly because of work and family commitments, NEC will be able to help you to get that important GCSE or A level qualification and you will be able to study wherever you are and in the time you have available.
‘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.’