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NEC moves house: bigger premises and a brighter future

The National Extension College (NEC) is delighted to announce its expansion and relocation to new premises in the village of Sawston, Cambridgeshire.  Since its…

Why study A level Economics?

In March 2016, we published a blog post outlining the benefits of studying Economics or Business at A level. The points we made remain…

Common misperceptions of distance learning

One common misperception is that distance learning students teach themselves, simply watching videos online. However, our courses, whilst flexible in the time that you…

How to stand out on LinkedIn as a student – NEC’s ten-step guide

Logging on to LinkedIn as a student can feel daunting. As the self-described “world’s largest professional network” with over 774 million members dotted across…

From a career in mental health services to childcare, Karen progressed her childcare career with NEC

Having worked in adult mental health services, Karen wanted to go in a new direction. She now works in childcare and her employer supported…

Celebrating the power of children’s literature

As he put his hand on the door latch, she said, “If the red blob leads to Kingsbury and the blue blob goes to…

International Literacy Day 2021 – some tips and tricks for Read Hour

How often do you get a chance to settle down with a good book? How long do you actually get to spend with that…

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…

How do I retake my GCSEs or A levels?

The pandemic has meant that both providers and students have had to continually adapt to ever-changing circumstances.     This year, exam results will be…

How can NEC help you gain an A level within a year?

Complete an A level in one year with NEC’s online Structured Fast Track A levels. We understand that some goals and deadlines can’t wait…

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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….