It’s that time of year again: the holidays are over, pupils are heading back to school, and here in the UK the days are starting to get a little bit cooler.
This year the feeling of a changing of seasons is perhaps more pronounced for the education community than it might have been in previous years, because this Autumn the first of the A level subjects changing due to the government’s reforms will begin to be studied by learners across the country.
It’s a time of transition for more than just the weather.
Here at NEC we have been busy preparing for the changes to come, developing new courses and making sure our learners have all the information they need to navigate their options. We’re excited for the launch of our new A levels which will be arriving later this month, but the first exam opportunity won’t be until 2017, so what happens if you want to sit your exams before then? Or what if you’d simply prefer to study under the current specification instead of a new one?
If you want to study for an A level but are not sure what the changes mean for you, we hope you will find today’s blog helpful.
The first wave of changes
Of our current A level courses, the first ones to change will be Biology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Psychology, and Sociology.
This means that if you want to study for an AS, A2, or A level in any of these subjects under the current specification, your last opportunity to sit the exams for your course will be next summer in May or June 2016.
We would strongly encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible if this affects you, as we want to give you as much time as possible to complete your course and prepare for the exams. You can also read more about the government’s A level reforms and how they will affect NEC’s courses at our A Level Reforms information page.
Early Fast Track available for free
We are also offering some extra help exclusively for the courses affected by this first wave of changes, to help give you the best chance of succeeding next summer.
Our Fast Track period usually doesn’t begin until later in the Autumn, and the service itself would normally cost an additional £100, but for courses with final exam opportunities in summer of 2016 we are opening up Fast Track early and allowing you to add it to your enrolment completely free of charge.
For more information about how the Fast Track service is designed to give you additional support if you are enrolling close to the date of your exams, please visit our Fast Track information page.
Final enrolments for courses changing in 2015
We will continue to offer courses with final exam opportunities in 2016 until November or December 2015 at latest, depending on the subject.
Please do get in touch and speak to our team if you find yourself in this situation so that you don’t miss out before these courses are withdrawn.
Still have questions? We’re here to help!
If you have any further questions or want to talk through your options with us, we are always happy to help. You can call our team for free from the UK on 0800 389 2839, or you can drop an email into our inbox. We can also be reached through social media networks on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help.