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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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The importance of time management in exams

This post was originally published on Friday, 17 February 2017 and updated on Wednesday, 1 May 2019. This week’s blog is written by NEC team…

A crisis averted for distance learning students

Above: Dr Ros Morpeth OBE, Chief Executive of NEC In our blog this week CEO Ros Morpeth gives us an update on non-exam assessment…

Top tips for studying over the holiday season

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s easy to lose sight of your studies. Christmas parties, decorating the house with an unmentionable number of…

Looking back at 2016

2016 has been a full year at NEC. We’ve achieved some great things and have helped thousands more people to change their lives. In…

Top five writing tips

November was Novel Writing month. Did it inspire you to try your hand at creative writing? To get started, read our top five writing…

Why is philosophy important?

Today is World Philosophy Day so we’ve invited NEC tutor Ed Piercy to write about why philosophy is so important and how language has…

Why NEC is campaigning for a public exam system that works for everyone

Above: Dr Ros Morpeth OBE, Chief Executive of NEC Today’s blog is written by Ros Morpeth, our Chief Executive, and is a follow-up to…

Why I recommend the Award in Education and Training – even if you don’t teach

Today’s blog is written by NEC team member Carly. Like many people, I’m guilty of thinking I haven’t got time to study. There always…

Why I love Biology

For Biology Week, we thought we’d feature our Biology Tutor – Josie Briggs who writes about how fascinating Biology is and why she loves…

Why is maths so important at GCSE level?

This week, Unionlearn have been promoting the benefits of studying maths with their Maths Workout Week. If you’ve missed it you can catch-up with…