Partners and associates

Who we work with:

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The Open University
The Open University provides high-quality higher education by distance learning. Working according to the same ethos and mission as NEC, you should contact the OU if you are looking to progress your studies beyond the level offered by NEC.

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unionlearn works closely with unions to provide learning opportunities for its members. With a shared passion for education, we work closely with unionlearn to ensure its members are able to access the wide variety of courses on offer from NEC. Distance learning is ideal for people who want to continue working while they study.

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The WEA is the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in the UK. Both the WEA and NEC were set up to address educational inequalities faced by ordinary working people. We are proud to partner with the WEA to promote and campaign for widening access to lifelong learning.

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Prisoners' Education Trust
The Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) provides advice and funding to about 2000 prisoners each year to help them study courses in subjects and at levels not otherwise available. This ensures access to broader education opportunities for prisoners, to enhance their chances of building a better life after release. NEC works with the charity as distance learning is proven to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

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International Examination Officers' Association
The International Examination Officers' Association (EOA) is an independent charity whose role is to support and develop exams officers throughout the UK. NEC works in partnership with the IEOA to provide support and guidance for external candidates for exams.

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Campaign for Learning
The Campaign for Learning is a charity set up to champion the cause of lifelong learning in order to create a society where active participation in learning is recognised as the key to improving life chances and fulfilling potential. NEC is proud to be classified as a friend of the Campaign for Learning and fully supports their practical projects with individuals and families and their research and policy work which informs thinking and practice.

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Learning and Work Institute
The Learning and Work Institute is a new independent organisation dedicated to lifelong learning. It was formed when the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), of which NEC was a member, joined forces with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. Together the new body aims to continue their commitment to working to ensure that everyone can have the opportunity to realise their ambitions and potential in learning, work and in life, a mission that complements NEC's own aims closely.

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European Association for Distance Learning
EADL is the European association of schools, institutions and individuals working in correspondence and distance education. All its members must meet the EADL quality standards and comply with its code of conduct. Europe-wide, EADL membership is regarded as a seal of quality. It has members in prestigious organisations across Europe who meet at annual conferences to discuss developments, innovation and best practice in distance learning.

Awarding bodies:

NEC works closely with the main awarding bodies in the UK and complies with their strict quality guidelines.