Fast track

Fast track your course

Fast track stopwatch

At NEC we want you to succeed. If you’re enrolling on a course with us, we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you see it through to completion and achieve the highest grade possible.

This means we’ll tell you if we think you’re being too optimistic with your intended exam dates. 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.

Many students opt to study their course within a year – we call this fast track. It’s  particularly useful when you are studying with a specific purpose in mind, like applying to university. The flexible nature of distance-learning and home-study courses means that this is possible, provided that you put the time in.

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.

From October, it becomes more difficult – although not impossible – to complete the course in time for the exam the following summer.

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

For a GCSE or IGCSE: Around 8 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.