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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…

Other articles...

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…