Non Examination Assessment

When studying some A-Level courses, such as A-Level English or History, you will notice they have an added requirement of Non Examination Assessment (NEA), but what exactly is this? And how do you complete it? Frequently referred to as coursework, you can be forgiven for getting confused with looking at completing your NEA. But it’s actually not as complicated as you might think or fear.

If you are studying an A-level in school or college that has a Non Examination Assessment element to it, then your teacher will guide you through completing this. As you work through your course syllabus, you will complete essays and homework tasks that help you build towards your final NEA submission.

If you are a distance learning student, the process is basically the same but a little more independent. Again, you will be required to complete the set tasks as you study through your course syllabus, as these are used by your tutor to compare your work against your NEA submission. Towards the end of the course, you will be provided with topics on which you can base your NEA, at this point, you will need to begin working on your NEA. Once your first draft of the work is completed, you will need to submit this to your tutor who will review it and provide you with feedback and details on how and where you can improve.

Once the final version of your work is complete, this then needs to be sent through to your tutor as a physical copy that they will then mark fully, but instead of returning the work to you, they will send this directly to the examination centre where you will be sitting your written examinations ready for submission to your Awarding Body.

From there, all you have to do is complete your written examinations and all your work (including your NEA) will be sent through to be externally marked and verified for you to get your final grade for your A-Level.