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Exams and Assessment

How did distance learning students do in A levels and GCSEs compared to those in schools?

NEC students achieved a high overall pass rate of 98.5% in both GCSEs and A levels. Background 2021 saw another year of exam cancellations…

Working together for our students

In 2016 the National Extension College became Tutors & Exams‘ first learning partner. Since then we have been working together to make booking exams…

GCSE success for home educated student with partially impaired vision

Mohammed studied 7 GCSEs with NEC and achieved high grades in all of them, overcoming the challenge of having partially impaired vision. He has…

Top grade in IGCSE Spanish for keen traveller

Katie studied IGCSE Spanish with NEC and achieved a top grade of 9. Katie is a mature student and pursued her studies for the…

High-achiever in four A levels with NEC moves on to the University of Edinburgh

Timofei studied four A levels with NEC in maths, further maths, physics and economics and achieved great results, obtaining an A*, two A and a B grade…

Top grades in GCSEs for mature student with NEC lead to Open University degree

Belinda studied GCSEs in astronomy and maths with NEC as a mature student, and achieved top grades of 9 in both. She is now…

The National Extension College release A level and GCSE results

“It was impossible to fulfil my dreams without my parent’s and NEC’s patience, support, motivation and 24/7 accessibility to my learning materials [sic] during…

A* in A level Chemistry with NEC leads to degree at the University of Cambridge

Laura studied A level Chemistry with NEC and achieved an A* grade. Laura is now going to study Natural Sciences at Hughes Hall, University…

The National Extension College response to the 2020 exams fiasco

The National Extension College understands how important A levels and other qualifications are to our students. Over our 57 years as an education provider…

From A level success with NEC to social work at university

Hannah achieved A level success with NEC in Spanish and sociology, obtaining an A* and a B grade respectively.  Hannah moved to Madrid from…

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21st century teaching: what and how to think

This week’s blogger is former NEC GCSE English student Naila Din. Now a freelance arts advisor, Naila turned to teaching as a second career…

Learning Latin

This week’s blog is written by NEC tutor Ed and introduces a brand new course which will be available for enrolment next week—Latin: A…

Are more students now choosing to study vocationally specific degrees?

Today’s NEC Blog is written by team member Simone, herself a recent graduate and more than familiar with the choices students find themselves having…

Volunteering: sociability, skills and second careers

This post was originally published on Thursday, 1 June 2017 and updated on Monday, 3 June 2019. Every year in the first week of…

Five tips for exam day

Today’s blog is written by NEC exams expert Louise. Students across the country are busy revising and making sure they’re ready for their exams….

Help for revision blues

Following on from our previous study tips post, for today’s blog we’re sharing some thoughts from our magazine on why preparation for exams should…

Taking your exams this summer? Follow our top 10 revision tips

With Easter fast approaching it’s the time of year when students across the country are preparing for their upcoming exams. If you are sitting…

The books behind A level English Literature

Today is the 20th annual World Book Day. A day to celebrate all things reading, including the authors, illustrators and of course books. Children…

Our top 10 reasons to love distance learning

Love is in the air at NEC. Valentine’s day inspired a chat in the office about all the things we love about online and…

The importance of GCSE Maths

In our blog this week, NEC Maths tutor Sally talks about the importance of GCSE Maths and introduces our new online GCSE Maths course….