Take command of your career with a distance learning course from NEC.
With a long-running and successful partnership between NEC and the forces, you can be sure that if you choose to study with us you’ll be joining an organisation with a rich history of helping forces personnel develop their careers.
Whether you’re looking to gain new qualifications to help you while on service or considering a change in career direction, our home study courses can give you the knowledge and skills you need to take the next step.
The flexibility of our courses makes them perfectly suited to serving personnel: whether you’re in the UK or overseas, our learning materials will come to you. You can study our courses at your own pace, wherever suits you, and fit your learning in around the rest of your life.
Royal Navy/Royal Marines/Merchant Navy
If you serve with the Royal Navy/Royal Marines or the Merchant Navy you should enrol for your NEC course with the Marine Society, NEC's partner organisation, who provide specialist support for seafarers.
The Marine Society, as an examination centre, can also enter you for your examinations and can even arrange for you to sit your exams at sea or ashore wherever you find yourself in the world.
Standard Learning Credits and Enhanced Learning Credits
Members of the armed forces who wish to study with us may be entitled to contributions towards the cost of their course through either the standard learning credits (SLC) scheme or the enhanced learning credits (ELC) scheme. NEC is an approved ELCAS learning provider, ID 1160.
The SLC scheme can provide funding of up to 80 per cent of the cost of a course, to a maximum of £175, for courses up to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), such as GCSEs and IGCSEs.
The ELC scheme provides a similar service, but for courses leading to qualifications at Level 3 or above on the NQF, such as A levels. For more information about the ELC scheme visit the ELC Administration Service website.
If you are serving in the armed forces and wish to take advantage of either of these schemes, you should speak to your education officer before enrolling.