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Guest Blogs

Should I be more productive in lockdown?

This week’s post is written by Christine Cox, one of our expert GCSE and A level English Language tutors. Lockdown inertia Time flies …...

How can studying biology help you understand coronavirus?

Written by NEC biology tutor Josie Briggs, learn about how studying biology can help during this time. Trial vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus Most people...

Guest article: “An A level in art history can open up many possibilities”

No-one ever told me that there was a subject called ‘art history’ when I was at my school in Yorkshire, I had to wait...

Adult education is on its knees: ‘Let’s hope when the dust settles on the General Election, policy makers will take heed’

No one can doubt that times are tough for adult learners. Since 2003 there are 2 million fewer adults in publicly funded further education,...

From GCSEs with NEC to a Psychology Access to Higher Education Course 

School was always a struggle for me. I (as well as my twin sister) was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was around 12...

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...

Tweet a poem for National Poetry Day

Photo credit: miss.libertine Prose. via photopin (license) In today’s NEC Blog, English tutor Kathryn writes about poetry as part of our celebrations for National Poetry Day...

Vocational courses or A levels – what’s in it for me?

Above: NEC Marketing and Communications Officer Kirsty stands in front of a selection of materials for NEC distance learning courses A recent article published...

Inspired to study: A month of celebrating adult learning

This week’s Blog is written by NEC team member Carly, who reflects on recent events during the annual Festival of Learning which have, for...

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Women in art history and the resurgence of Artemisia

This blog post was written by NEC A level History of Art student Fleur. Due to themes and images that may be disturbing to...

What is National Marine Week?

National Marine Week runs from 25th July to 9th August and celebrates the over 30,000 species that call the seas around the UK home....

Bouncing back and moving forwards: how NEC can help with home education in an uncertain world

The National Extension College was founded by Michael Young and Brian Jackson as an educational charity in 1963 to widen participation in education, and...

Getting back into maths and English with Functional Skills

Want to learn more about improving English and maths skills as an adult? Catherine Paulson-Ellis discusses the advantages of gaining Functional Skills qualifications. Just...

How can studying a management qualification online set you off down a new path?

In a time where many peoples’ job situations are changing, whether they are furloughed, have lost their jobs, or are adapting to the new...

Should I be more productive in lockdown?

This week’s post is written by Christine Cox, one of our expert GCSE and A level English Language tutors. Lockdown inertia Time flies …...

How can studying biology help you understand coronavirus?

Written by NEC biology tutor Josie Briggs, learn about how studying biology can help during this time. Trial vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus Most people...

Where can I access art online?

In the first of a new series, NEC student Fleur talks about her experience studying A level History of Art during the coronavirus lockdown,...

What are people studying during lockdown?

Right now, as many of us are stuck at home and social distancing, we are all looking for ways to use the time well...

Why study astronomy?

Can I study astronomy at home? Yes! From the Lyrid meteor shower to the flyovers of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites, astronomical phenomena have been...