Our learners

Our flexible GCSE, A level and professional qualifications in areas such as childcare and management open up futures for individuals of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Whatever your situation, our priority is to understand how we can help you achieve your full potential.

Every year thousands of NEC students successfully complete their courses, working through our courses at their own pace, supported and inspired by our experienced tutors.

We support career progression

NEC learner Lottie BlundenLottie Blunden – From waitress to midwife
Lottie, a single parent of four, returned to study science after a 25-year-gap with the NEC to access a degree in Midwifery. She highlights how our flexible approach enabled her to combine study with a busy family and working life.
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NEC learner Alison GentlemanAlison Gentleman – Fast-tracking French
Alison, a manager at Wateraid, opted to use the fast-track service to study A level French. By combining study with a demanding career, she successfully completed a two-year course in nine months.
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NEC learner Andrew GreenwoodAndrew Greenwood – Supporting young people’s mental health
Andrew reflects on how our GCSE science course re-ignited his interest in psychology. He also explains how his distance learning experience transformed his approach to learning.
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NEC learner Tracy PetteyTracy Pettey – Improving management skills
Tracy describes how our flexible, engaging CMI management qualification allowed her to combine a busy home life with developing her skills to fulfil her role as a manager in the NHS.
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We support personal goals

NEC learner Victoria FosterVictoria Foster – Conquering mathematics
Victoria reflects gaining her GCSE Mathematics qualification later in life. A personal achievement that has also enhanced her role as a senior manager in childcare.
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NEC learner Miranda StocksMiranda Stocks – Excelling in English to study at Cambridge
Miranda describes her experience on our A level English and Classical Civilisation courses, including how our in-depth, responsive tutor support exceeded her expectations of distance learning.
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We support home educators

NEC learner Kathryn CorrallKathryn Corrall – Well prepared for university
Kathryn outlines how our courses were key to her home education experience. She also reflects on how distance learning has prepared her to embrace her long-held dream of studying English at university.
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NEC learner Elliot StevensElliot Stevens – The road to Cambridge University and beyond!
Elliot describes his experience of studying our GCSE and A level courses as a home educated student – including the positive impact our expert tutors had on his education.
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NEC learner Linda BaldwinLinda Baldwin – Home education: a parent’s experience
Linda recalls her positive experience of home schooling her son, who studied GCSE mathematics with us, alongside working towards A levels in psychology, sociology and law.
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We support the armed forces

NEC learner Robert ColemanRobert Coleman – Engineering a bright future
Robert explains how studying A levels in Mathematics and Physics whilst stationed overseas with the RAF opened up his ambition to gain a degree in Engineering.
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NEC learner Mark WardMark Ward – Deployment learning
Mark describes how our A level English course combined easily with the demands of his role as a serviceman in the RAF.
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We support schools

NEC learner Kathryn TompsettKathryn Tompsett – Broadening A level choice
Kathryn was keen to pursue her interest in psychology – but her local college didn’t offer this subject as an A level option. She explains how opting for our A level Psychology course proved to be just the answer.
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