NEA stands for Non-Examination Assessment most people would still consider it to be coursework and often call it “coursework”. You prepare for and work on the NEA throughout your course but your final essay must be fully submitted by the 31st of March in the year you are sitting your examination. Oxford Open Learning tutors will help you prepare your NEA project and they will mark and carry out the initial moderation of your NEA.
Please note that if you are studying AQA English GCSE then your NEA is not written work, it is the oral endorsement. This is actually optional and it does not count towards your final grade. However, even if you choose not to take the oral you must still make your entry with OOL and arrange for your exam papers to be transferred to a host centre as below.
If you are studying AQA A Level English Language, English Literature or History or GCSE English, then your subject has an NEA component and the way you book your exams is different from any other subject.
Here is a summary of the exam process, read it carefully;
Oxford Open Learning (OOL) will be your “ENTERING CENTRE” i.e. the centre where you make your exam entry and you will pay us for this and for dealing with your coursework/oral and marking it.
You will not sit your written exam papers at OOL, you will sit these at what is known as a “HOST” centre. Your host centre will usually be somewhere that is closer to where you live. You must find your host centre first. In order to do this, you should follow the instructions under “Student Information” on our website and they are the same as for finding a normal exam centre.
When you speak to an Exams Officer you will need to explain that you are a Candidate with Oxford Open Learning (make this clear, it often helps) and that you are looking for somewhere that will accept you as a “TRANSFER CANDIDATE” for the written exams only.
Be clear that the host centre does not have anything to do with your exam entry or your NEA/coursework, we deal with all of that. The host does not have to pay anything to AQA, they only have to fill in their centre details on the transfer form and offer you a place to sit the written exam. You pay them for this directly and this is a separate transaction from your actual exam entry with OOL where you are an Internal Candidate.
Please be aware that if you are also sitting a non-NEA subject at the same time you will need to make arrangements to book this exam as an External or Private Candidate, hopefully with your host centre but not necessarily with them. OOL cannot enter you for non-NEA subjects.
Jenny Booth, firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01865 798022, will be happy to speak to any exam officer to explain further if necessary. You may give them my details or ask me to contact your host centre to explain.