Coursework, controlled assessment and non-exam assessment (NEA)

Coursework, controlled assessment and non-exam assessment (NEA) measure subject-specific skills that cannot always be tested by timed written exam papers.

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Video: coursework, controlled assessment and NEA for exams officers

Watch our video for an overview of the different types of internal assessment and the overall process.

Accreditation scheme for A-level Applied Business and A-level Applied Science

We run an accreditation scheme for centres offering Applied A-level qualifications. If your school or college is accredited for a subject, we will accept your coursework marks automatically for up to three years, subject to conditions.

Full details are available in our Accreditation scheme guide for centres offering Applied A-levels

Email us at if you have any queries about the scheme.

Apply for centre consortium arrangements

You must let us know if you’re working as part of a consortium of centres with joint teaching arrangements where students are entered through different centres.

Apply using the centre consortium arrangements form on JCQ's website

You need to apply by the following dates:

  • November series: 1 October
  • January series: 31 October
  • March series: 21 January
  • June series: 31 January.