Learning with NEC

Learning with NEC: how it works

If you want to learn in your own time, without the regular commitment of attending classes, online distance learning is a great choice. You don’t go to college or school, but study at home or at work. With distance learning, you’re in control.

Here’s how an NEC course works.

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Choosing the right course. You may already know what you want to study - if not, why not browse through the latest guide to courses?

Is the course right for you? Check the details of the course or call our course advice team. You can also download sample course materials for most courses.

‘You need maths and English GCSE to be able to apply for teacher training. Thanks to NEC, I’m well on the way to achieving these essential qualifications.’
— Anne, GCSE English and Maths Foundation

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Welcome to NEC. As soon as we enrol you, we’ll email you to confirm and you’ll also hear from your personal tutor.

Get online. You should now access and explore learn@nec, our easy to use online learning platform.

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Get started. Study at your own pace and in your own time. Your tutor, the student support team and learn@nec will be with you every step of the way.

Assignments. You’ll find these throughout your course. Your tutor will mark them and give you feedback to help you to progress, learn and prepare for your exams.

Online distance learning is flexible. You choose where to study and when to study, so you can fit it in with your other commitments – a career, bringing up children, looking after older relatives or managing an illness or disability. Courses are delivered through a range of media including videos, e-books and online quizzes.

‘I have serious health issues and am restricted in what I can do. With NEC, I can study whenever it suits me.’
— Sasa, Creative Writing

Learning tip! Some students draw up a timetable. Others prefer to fit in studying whenever they have an hour or two to spare.

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Assessment. However your course is assessed, we will be there to help you. If you need to take an exam, take a look at NEC’s partnership exam centres. We’ll also take care of marking any non-examination assessment.

‘I’ve recently moved from the UK to Australia and chose distance learning for my A levels so I can go to university in the UK. NEC’s student support and help in making arrangements for the exams stand out.’
— Kate, A level Biology

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You’ve finished! Well done, the hard work has paid off. Time to request your course completion certificate and celebrate!

What makes an NEC course the best

Our students tell us that they value high quality course materials, expert tutor support and guaranteed exam entry including the marking of the non-examination assessment elements like coursework. We believe that the NEC model of carefully designed learning materials, one-to-one tutor support and exam services, provides our students with the best chance of success. We are proud of what we do and build on over 50 years of experience of supporting students at a distance.

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Course materials

  • Engaging content develops interest in the subject
  • Getting started guidance and videos
  • Course plans, activities and quizzes
  • Guidance on answering exam questions
  • Assignments to submit to a personal tutor
  • Personal learning journal

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Tutor support

  • Expert marking of assignments
  • Carefully structured feedback
  • Answers to subject-based questions
  • Academic references if needed

Student support

  • Course advice before you enrol
  • Help with enrolling and arranging payment
  • Personal support when needed
  • Answers to specific queries about the course, exam or assessment
  • Forums to discuss ideas with other students and tutors

Exam support

  • Exam pass guarantee
  • Mock exam paper marking service
  • Authentication and marking of coursework if required

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Personal tutor

  • Subject specialists
  • Qualified and experienced teachers
  • DBS checked

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  • Materials specially written and structured for independent study;
  • to meet assessment and exam requirements, and;
  • to build knowledge and skills

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Free extras

  • Study skills
  • e-textbooks for some courses
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guides