NEA stands for Non-Examination Assessment, although most people would still consider it to be coursework and that is what it continues to be called. You prepare for and work to produce the NEA throughout your course but the final project 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 for, mark and carry out initial marking of your NEA.
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.
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 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 they are the same as for finding a normal centre.
You will need to explain that you are a Candidate with Oxford Open Learning (make this clear, it often helps) and you are looking for somewhere that will accept you as a “TRANSFER CANDIDATE” for the written exams only. The host centre does not have anything to do with your NEA/coursework, we deal with all of that, they do 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.
Jenny Booth, firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01865 798022, will be happy to speak to them to explain further if necessary.