Home educators

NEC: helping home educators succeed since 1963

Home educating in the UK

If you’ve decided to home educate your child, you’re one of a growing number. Government estimates suggest that 20,000 young people in the UK are home educated. All parents are legally entitled to home educate their child to the compulsory school leaving age (currently 16 in England and Wales), including those who have children with special education needs (SEN).

Discount for home educators

NEC offers the best value for money with reduced course fees, available for families who choose to home educate. As well as the multi-buy offer prices below, as a home educator you can also have an additional 10% discount when you pay in full, call our course advice team today 0800 389 2839. 

  • Multi-buy GCSEs:
         2 subjects for £800
         3 subjects for £1,200
         4 subjects for £1,500
         5 subjects for £1,800
  • Multi-buy A levels:
         2 subjects for £1,200
         3 subjects for £1,800

For each of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, maths, French, Spanish, English language, English literature, history please add an additional £45 to the A level multi-buy price.

Spread the cost of A level and GCSE Course fees with our finance options. Interest rates starting as low as 0%.
To enrol, call us on 0800 389 2839 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

A levels and GCSEs for home educating families

If you’re thinking about home educating your child, or are already a home educator, NEC can help you ensure you child has the qualifications they need to go to college or university, take the first steps in their career, or progress from GCSE to A level. NEC offers the greatest selection of online courses in:

You can enrol for any of our courses whenever it suits you and your child can start studying straight away.

Why home educate?

There are many reasons why families take the decision to home educate. School just doesn’t suit some children. They may learn better when they learn informally. They may be being bullied. Some parents have concerns about what they perceive to be a narrowing of the curriculum and ‘teaching to the test’ at state-funded schools. Parents’ first choice school may be full. The family may be moving abroad. whatever your reasons you’ll want to make sure that your child’s education is in safe hands.

Linda Baldwin home educated her son from the age of nine. Read more about her family’s journey...

Exam success for home educating families

NEC has an illustrious history of working with home educators and has consistently helped home educated young people achieve excellent exam results.  The pass rates of our students overall – hundreds of them each year - often exceed national averages.

Some of the Key results from the 2018 GCSE exam session are:

  • 100% pass rate for English Language GCSE
  • 80% Pass rate for IGCSE Maths
  • 100% Pass rate for IGCSE Combined Science

Meet two home-educated students:

Elliot Stevens: studied government and politics, history and law A levels with NEC, achieving A and A* grades in all three subjects. After studying as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, he moved to the United States where and is now studying law as a postgraduate at Harvard University. Learn more about Elliot's story (video)...

Julia Wix: studied A levels and GCSEs with NEC, went to the University of Kent to study Classical and Archaeological Studies and then to Kings College London where she took her Masters. After travelling the world as a trainer in the travel business, she returned to the UK and works for a not-for-profit membership organisation. Read more about Julia’s journey...

A home-educator's journey

Meet Anna and Lucy... Anna has been a home educator since January 2017 and Lucy, her daughter has been homeschooled since April 2017. Both have been sharing their experience of distance learning and home education through a series of blogs written for NEC. Follow their journey through the links below...

What you can expect from NEC

A subject-specialist tutor, familiar with the unique challenges faced by home educating families, to provide the best support to you and your child through their course and exams. All NEC tutors are DBS-checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and fully qualified to teach.

"I have to say that [my NEC tutor] Graham is a supreme help. I've been in touch with LOTS of questions and he's been able to help walk me through problems and furthermore has responded really quickly whenever I've asked him for anything."
— NEC GCSE Maths student


The highest quality courses written by teachers and examiners, tailored to the specifications of the UK’s main awarding bodies. All NEC A level and GCSE courses prepare students for the end-of-course exams. We’re proud of our materials and for most courses you can download a sample of them from the course page of the website.


"I have found that the learn@nec site has been very easy to use and I am able to access course material quickly and easily. I particularly like how there is a course checklist where you can keep track of your progress and are able to see how many topics you have to complete so I can designate my time for each subject accordingly."
— NEC A level Biology student


Guidance and support throughout the examination and assessment process, including a stress free exam entry service and guaranteed place for your child at one of our partner exam centres. Your child can also take non-examination assessments eg a practical session such as a spoken language endorsement through NEC as we are an approved exam centre.


The most flexible options. An NEC course provides you with the highest level of support but we know that younger learners sometimes need a little extra. That’s why we’ve developed different options to help you depending on your needs.

Standard service Enhanced service Additional services ✓ Personal support from a subject-specialist tutor with a recognised teaching qualification and DBS check.

✓ Engaging course materials written by experts.

✓ Nation-wide community through learn@nec.

✓ Help and advice from our student support team.

✓ Guaranteed exam centre places for written, oral and practical exams.

✓ Flexible study at a pace that fits around your life & commitments.

✓ Enrol at any time of the year and start studying straight away.

✓ Course fees payable in monthly instalments from 0% APR.

✓ Family discount for home educators.

✓ Specialist support for schools & colleges.
  The standard service plus:

✓ Personal learning plan.

✓ Contact before and after submission of an assigment from your tutor(s).

✓ Monthly progress report.

✓ Mid-course review: progress, grades, concerns, areas for improvement and predicted grade.

✓ Regular contact from student support team.

The additional fee for the Enhanced Service is £90. Read more about the benefits...
  ✓ Past paper marking.

✓ Revision tutorial.

✓ Optional tutorial.

✓ Additional review.