The Lowdown – Fast Track A Levels

The Lowdown – Fast Track A Levels

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What are A Levels?

If you are considering taking an A Level you may be wondering exactly what your options are. In this article we will tell you everything you need to know about online a levels.

A Levels, or Advanced Level Qualifications, are usually taken by college level students in England before attending University.  They are also useful for those who would like to go straight into paid work and those who are following an alternative route of learning such as an apprenticeship.

A Levels are graded from A-E and carry UCAS Points which are required to be accepted into university.  An A Level carries different points depending on the grade achieved.

A full A Level typically takes two years to achieve and is comprised of two parts, the AS and A2 Level.  However the option of a Fast Track A Level allows you to work through the course at a quicker rate completing the full A Level in just one year which is a more convenient option for many!

How a distance learning A Level Works

Choosing Your Course

Firstly you need to choose your subject area and whether you would like to complete a standard or fast track A Level based on your needs and how quickly you would like to complete your course.  If you need any guidance speak with a course advisor!

Course Materials

When you receive your course you should make yourself familiar with your learning materials.  You may be required to purchase some additional recommended reading material.  Your course materials will be written around the appropriate specification for the subject area and awarding body.

Tutor Support

Many distance learning providers offer full tutor support during your course. You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who will be available to answer any questions you may have and provide you with any advice you may need throughout your studies.


There are a number of tutor marked assignments which your tutor will review, mark and provide you with valuable personalised feedback for, which will help you track your progress.

Mock Exams

The majority of A Level courses contain mock exams which are an excellent way to prepare for your real examinations.  Ensure you leave enough time to revise and complete these mock exams so you are fully prepared for your Awarding Body exams which are held in June each year.


When it comes to the exams, students are required to contact an examination centre directly to make the necessary arrangements.  Your home learning provider will not be liable for this as it is the full responsibility of the learner to ensure they have organised a suitable test centre.  Many distance learning companies and Awarding Bodies do provide a listing of exam centres for you to contact that will help with your arrangements.

Why Choose a Distance learning Fast Track A Level?

There are many advantages of studying a Fast Track A-Level.  Choosing to study a distance learning A-Level will provide students with a flexible and convenient way of learning.  Whether you are working full or part time, or have a busy lifestyle, these courses give you the freedom to learn when it best suits you.

Such courses provide students with the chance to complete a full A-Level in just one year.  This is perfect for those of you who simply do not have the time to allocate two years to complete the standard A-Level.

It typically takes learners 12 months to complete the full Fast Track A-Level.   However this is just a guideline and learners will have the freedom to study at their own pace, so you can relax and take your time to ensure you grasp all the necessary learning materials.

There are a variety of Fast Track A Level subjects available to choose from, with courses available in core subject areas such as Mathematics and English and more vocational areas such as Accounting and Business Studies.  You are sure to find something to suit every need!

Who are Fast Track A Levels suitable for?

According to Ofqual an A Level course is benchmarked as a Level 3 qualification on the National Qualifications Framework. It is recommended that learners wishing to complete an A Level have completed the previous level of course, for example GCSEs or an equivalent Level 2 course.

Although A Levels are typically taken by school leavers aged from 16-18, distance learning A Levels can be completed by learners of any age.  They are ideal for those who have already attended college who maybe didn’t get the grades they were hoping for and do not want to stay on at college.

They are also suitable for adult learners who would like to brush up on their skills and understanding in a certain area, either to progress within a career or to meet the requirements to revisit traditional education routes such as University.

If you would like to gain a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3, a distance learning Fast Track A Level may be for you!

Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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