Fast Track

Fast track your course

Fast track stopwatch

Is our Fast Track service for you?

So are you ready to take the plunge? You want to go to university or perhaps a career change is on the horizon, the only thing holding you back is that elusive A level or GCSE needed to progress. If you want to complete your course by the next exam session then take out our Fast Track service to help you succeed.

If it's your second time around or you have prior knowledge of your chosen subject then our Fast Track service could help you complete your studies and prepare for your exam in a shorter time frame.

At NEC we want you to succeed and we will tell you if we think they are being overly ambitious! Our Fast Track service cannot be taken out with all of our online courses and you will see on the individual course page if it is available for your chosen subject.  

How does Fast Track work?
  • You will receive help in planning your assignment submission dates, getting realistic timeframes for the work required
  • Following a course specific Introduction Assignment you will receive bespoke feedback from your tutor and your proposed submission timetable
  • You will get tailored advice from your tutor about where to concentrate your studies, with tips and tricks on which topics may be worth spending particular time on to help you succeed
  • Assignment due dates can be logged on your personal portal calendar
  • You will receive instant access to e-books (where applicable) 
Benefits of taking out Fast Track

If you are aiming to take your exams within one academic year or less, Fast Track will give you an increased level of tutor support that is intended to support the your study faster. It can be useful if you are retaking a GCSE or A level and still want to apply to your chosen university. 

Fast Track has a more structured approach from the initial contact and a higher emphasis on assignment deadlines which are necessary to complete the volume of work in a shorter space of time.

Let's break it down

Studying an IGCSE or an A level, for example takes a considerable amount of time, with a lot to learn in order to be prepared for your exams.

For a GCSE or IGCSE you need to plan for around 120-150 hours of study, plus additional time to complete assignments. Over the course of an academic year, (nine months) you should plan to study for 4-5 hours per week plus time for completing your assignments.

For an A level you’ll need a little more time. You need to plan for around 250-350 study hours for each subject. Over the course of an academic year, (nine months) you should aim to study for around 8-9 hours per week, plus time for completing assignments.

To note: from October, it becomes more difficult – although still not impossible – to complete the course in time for the exam the following summer.

We stop taking enrolments for subjects with no coursework at the end of November (only if you intend to sit exams the following summer). This is no reflection on your abilities, just the reality that we are not able to guarantee that all of the assignments can be submitted and marked within this time-frame.

By this time the commitment you need to make each week increases and you’ll need to spend a lot more time each week on your studies.

For a GCSE or IGCSE: Around 8 hours per week, plus additional time to complete assignments.

For an A level: Around 15 hours per week, plus additional time to complete assignments.

Some of our A level subjects have coursework (you might see this referred to as non exam assessment or NEA). These courses have earlier cut-off dates as the coursework deadlines are much earlier than the exams and they are substantial pieces of work that contribute towards your final grade.

If we believe that you will be unable to complete all of the work you need to in order to be prepared for your intended exam dates, we’ll let you know and advise you to aim for the next exam session instead.