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Non-Examined Assessments

Part of your qualification's structure

What is NON-EXAMINED ASSESSMENT (NEA)?

Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) what it ‘says on the tin’. It is part of your qualification’s structure that does not require an end point examination. This could include Science Practicals, Geography Field Trips, Environmental Science Fieldwork, Historical Enquiries, an English or Foreign Language Speaking Test, English Coursework, Astronomy Observations and Art Practicals  to list the most common examples.

Tutors & Exams cater for the vast majority of NEA subjects and specialise in those detailed above. We are open to discussing additional options, not listed, with your tutors or teaching groups to help widen participation even further!


What subjects can you apply for?

Science

Tutors & Exams are uniquely placed to offer a wide range of Science Practical Endorsement (CPAC) sessions at our dedicated laboratory in Birmingham or at Harrow School or South Bank UTC in London. Your A Level Science exams can then be taken at any of our exam centres. If you intend to sit your exams at a non Tutors & Exams centre but they cannot offer CPAC provision it’s not a problem. There’s no requirement for any prior arrangements, just let your exam centre know you’re sitting practicals with Tutors & Exams.  Once you have completed your CPAC we’ll send over all relevant documentation to your exam centre for endorsement purposes

GCSE Sciences have a practical’s element which we do not deliver.  Therefore, we recommend candidates sit International GCSE Sciences with either Pearson Edexcel, or Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) where an additional exam paper can be taken as an alternative to the practical.

Geography

Your dedicated Private Candidate Assessment Centre has developed a programme for candidates studying with a Distance Learning Provider, or independently, to attend the required four-day Fieldwork trip.

You will work with an experienced Geography tutor on ‘coastal study’  Fieldwork based in Skegness, Lincolnshire. It will include the marking element of the Investigation.

Transport will be provided over the four day period for all fieldwork activities.  Risk assessments and equipment will also be provided to ensure your safety and that you have all the necessary tools to complete your assessments.

GCSE Geography also has a Fieldwork requirement. Therefore, we  recommend taking International GCSE Geography with either Pearson Edexcel, or Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) where an additional exam paper can be taken as an alternative to the Fieldtrip.

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History

You can work with a number of Distance Learning Providers (DLPs’) to ensure that your A Level Historical Enquiry is appropriate, authenticated and marked. A list of Tutors & Exams partner DLP’s is available to view here.

However, if you are not working with a Tutors & Exams DLP partner, you will need to work with one of our approved tutors.  Additional costs will apply and you will be required to work with the tutor for a minimum of 10 hours tuition to enable them to authenticate your work accurately.

Please contact the NEA Team at Tutor & Exams for the latest list of approved tutors

Environmental Science

Your dedicated Private Candidate Assessment Centre has developed a programme for candidates studying independently to take up the required four-day Fieldwork trip.

You will work with an experienced Environmental Science tutor throughout your Fieldtrip, based in Lincolnshire. Transport will be provided from a location in Lincolnshire to all fieldwork activities and includes the marking element of the Investigation. Risk assessments and equipment will also be provided to ensure your safety and that you have all the necessary tools to complete your assessments.

iGCSE Environmental Management (no fieldwork required) is available through Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).

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A Level English

A Level English Language, Literature and Language & Literature have an NEA element that needs to be authenticated and marked by an approved Exam Centre in order for you to receive a grade.

Tutors & Exams provided the solution to NEA delivery that has been adopted by many DLP’s offering A Level English qualifications. We work closely with partner DLP’s to authenticate and mark required NEA.

However, if you are not working with a Tutors & Exams DLP partner, you will need to work with one of our approved tutors.  Additional costs will apply and you will be required to work with the tutor for a minimum of 10 hours tuition to enable them to authenticate your work accurately.

Please contact the NEA Team at Tutor & Exams for the latest list of approved tutors.

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GCSE English

For many private candidates the Speaking, Listening and Communication (SLC) component of GCSE English has proved problematic. However, you can now access all GCSE English assessment with ease. We will arrange a SLC session with you, during the assessment window(s), enabling you to achieve the endorsement on your certificate.

Alternatively you can opt to take an International GCSE with Pearson Edexcel or Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) if you wish to progress without the SLC component.  We would strongly advise that you always check with any prospective Further or Higher Education establishment or Employer as to their qualification requirements.

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Music

Historically Music has been a difficult subject for Private Candidates to access. However, we are able to offer you GCSE/A Level Music assessment via any of our centres working with an approved learning partners and tutors we have teamed up with.

Take a look at our partner page to find out about Distance Learning options and Music or get in touch to see how we can assess your music qualification if you are studying independently.

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Astronomy

You will be required to carry out observations as part of your Astronomy assessment that need to be confirmed by the “Head of Centre”. We have devised our own validation process that has been approved by Pearson Edexcel in order to make your journey straightforward. Our partner, Groundmark Learning, will work with you to verify your work. Alternatively, you can work with one of our DLP partners who will validate your observations for us.

Currently  our partners, the National Extension College and The Online Astronomy Society Academy are able to provide distance learning for this subject.

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Art & Design

We have teamed up with the Art & Design Room to deliver Art qualifications to those outside of mainstream education. Whether it’s textiles, design or art you’re looking to study they can assist with your coursework and teaching throughout the process. They will even ensure that your entry is submitted in on time. (Tutor fees and examination entry fees will apply). Even if you are confident with Art, the team can help authenticate and prepare your coursework for submission.

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Other Subjects

Apart from the subjects listed on this page we offer a wide range of examination subjects at various levels.  Visit our Fees List where a comprehensive list of those subjects are featured with associated entry fees.

If you can’t see a subject listed, feel free to contact us and we’ll look at the different options available to you.

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Languages

Tutors & Exams have specialised in Language assessments since its inception. We understand the difficulty many private candidates encounter in finding a suitable examination venue exam centre that can accommodate the Speaking component of language assessments.

To date, we have assessed more than 25 languages ranging from Arabic to Urdu, Bengali to Turkish . If there’s a GCSE/iGCSE/A Level language you can study Tutors & Exams endeavour to assess and grade you. Visit our Fees List to see what language subjects we offer.  If it’s not listed contact us, we’ll do our level best to assist you!

Language assessments are carried out by qualified and experienced tutors who also offer practice sessions.

Please be aware that language assessments are usually carried out during April and May and need to be conducted within your local Tutors & Exams centre. Unfortunately, you cannot choose the date for assessment as it will depend on tutor availability on the day.

The Language assessment will cover speaking on the following criteria depending on the board and level chosen. You will need to be familiar with the themes and topics of your chosen syllabus.

  • Role play cards
  • Photo card stimulus
  • Independent Research Project
  • General discussion
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