National Extension College

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"NEC’s range of tutor-supported, online courses are designed by leading experts to give you the greatest flexibility and highest chance of success."


About NEC

The National Extension College (NEC) provides the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to fit life-changing learning into their lives. Whether you’re looking to study in order to go onto further or higher education, change or advance your career or simply for enjoyment, NEC provides online distance learning courses which are of the very highest quality.

Course materials are written by experts such as teachers and examiners and are available to you online 24/7 through learn@nec - our virtual learning environment and the gateway to the NEC community. You can study whenever and wherever you like. With tutor support from a qualified teacher and specialist in your chosen subject,  NEC will make sure that you have everything you need to succeed.


What’s on offer

Learning with NEC gives you the greatest flexibility. We really do offer something for everyone - whether you’re studying with a specific purpose in mind, such as going to university or for leisure.

You can choose from our online distance learning courses which include

A levels
Childcare and early years
Business and management  
Creativity and the arts
Developing your skills

We want to make sure you succeed. That’s why you’ll get the highest quality course materials, written by experts such as teachers and examiners. You’ll get a whole host of useful support material, such as resources to improve your independent learning skills, spelling punctuation and grammar and a free e-safety course.

You’ll have the greatest support throughout your course, from advice before enrolment, through to our guarantee of an exam centre. Your tutor will provide personal support throughout your course and you can interact with your peers on learn@nec - our virtual learning environment and your gateway to the NEC community.


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Exams and assessment

Many of our online distance learning courses lead to qualifications from awarding organisations for which you will need to sit at least one exam. Exams are strictly controlled and can only be sat at registered exam centres on certain dates.

We understand that locating an exam centre and ensuring that you are entered correctly can be stressful for students. We are delighted to be able to offer a guaranteed exam place for our students at one of our UK-wide partnership exam centres. By choosing one of our partnership exam centres you can be confident that the application process will be seamless. All of our centres work hard to provide a professional and friendly service, which is extremely valued by our students.

Let NEC take the stress out of booking exams. As an approved centre we are able to deal with both exams and non-examination assessments (NEA):

Written exams
Oral exams
Practical science endorsements
Spoken language endorsements


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Our commitment to you

Our commitment to you

Here at NEC we are committed to helping you succeed in your studies, whatever your reasons for enrolling. We will:

  • Provide you with impartial, professional and accurate advice before, during and after enrolment.
  • Ensure all course materials and associated documents you receive are relevant, up-to-date and compliant with current specifications.
  • Allocate you to a personal tutor who is qualified, experienced, keeps up-to-date with their subject knowledge and is committed to your success.
  • Treat you as an individual, because we understand that everyone has different needs when it comes to education.
  • Be approachable, reliable and honest in all of our dealings with you — from letting you know about additional costs to telling you if we get something wrong.
  • Resolve the situation swiftly if you are ever unhappy with any aspect of your course.
  • Use all of our expertise and experience to help you to succeed in your studies.
  • Guarantee to support you to retake your exams if you don't pass the first time, providing the syllabus is still being examined.*

* We will support you for your first retake only, provided that you have completed all of the assignments and that the syllabus is still being examined. Support may include exam paper marking and additional tutor contact. If you wish to use this additional support, please get in touch as soon as possible after getting your results. No financial alternative available.

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What our Students say

Read the latest success stories from some of our students and find out how online distance learning can work for you.

NEC’s courses stand out in the crowd. You can enrol anytime you like. Go for it!

Contact details

National Extension College (NEC)

Michael Young Centre
School House
Homerton Gardens

Phone free on 0800 389 2839
From outside the UK +44(0)1223 400 200