Articles by Greg Smith

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NEA Exam Entry Pricing

The Oxford Open Learning Trust will Collect your examination fee and Transfer of Entry Fee.  These will be paid to the AQA on your behalf.  Once you have made your exam entry these fees are non-refundable. 2018 Exam Costs A level Entry Fee (per subject) £78.85 Transfer of Entry Fee (per centre) £34.55


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Successful Studying – It’s all about time

My general advice to A Level students has always been to set yourself a study timetable from the very beginning. I began studying an English Literature A Level course in June 2014. Having worked as a student adviser with Oxford Open Learning for the best part of a decade I felt I was mentally well […]


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First Result of the Day

Today is A level results day and the first result that we have had is great news for the Oxford Open Learning office team. One of our Student Advisers, Lee Woodward has been studying English Literature A level via our distance learning course and he has been awarded a fantastic grade A. Lee studied the […]


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DfE “needs to keep its opinions to itself” in light of new OCR English reading list

The announcement yesterday that Russell Brand’s views on drugs, Caitlin Moran’s Twitter feed and the thoughts of Dizzee Rascal will be added to the OCR exam board’s English A-level reading list was met by the oh-so-predictable media storm. Arriving as a result of the education secretary Michael Gove’s proposed A-level reforms, OCR teamed up with […]


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Oxford Open Learning Trust Student of the Year

This year it has been more difficult than ever to decide which of the many contenders should take our  Student of the Year title. As always, there has been a huge number of people gaining excellent grades in Maths, English and/or Science GCSE/IGCSE, enabling them to go on to study and hopefully fulfill their ambitions […]


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It’s National Poetry Day!

National Poetry Day is coming up; this year it will take place on Thursday 3rd October.  Although the themed day is designed to bring poetry to EVERYONE – including greengrocers and bus-queues, according to the National Poetry Day website – it is probably safe to say that it is a whole lot easier to celebrate […]


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GCSE registration 2013/2014

Last Dates for Registration This year Oxford Open Learning’s final dates for registration onto courses leading to summer 2014 examinations are shown below. GCSE or IGCSE,  Friday the 15th November Full A level, Monday  the 30th September AS or A2 level, Thursday the 31st October These are guideline dates.  If you have a particularly strong […]


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The rise of the English IGCSE

Last year 18,000 students sat an English International GCSE in the UK.  This year it is a staggering 78,000 students, a rise of 430%.  So why have schools suddenly abandoned the more traditional GCSE qualification? The first thing to remember is that almost everyone in the system wants the student to pass.  The exam boards […]


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GCSEs are too easy… or are they?

It’s that time of year, folks.  I don’t mean that time of year when we celebrate our children’s achievements in passing their exams before they go on to F.E. College or University, though.  No, it’s time instead to nod sagely when we see a teenager with 10 A*s, and say: “They wouldn’t have got those […]


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A Level results day is here!

UK students are collecting results certificates today and for the second year running, fewer people have been awarded an A* grade than in previous years. Oxford Open Learning’s first two results of the day in English Literature and English Language have not reflected this trend so far, with an A* and an A grade respectively. […]


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