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Lifelong Learning

We’re here for you – NEC price reduction

The National Extension College was set up in 1963 to help widen participation in education and we understand the important contribution we can make...

The future is digital for A level History of Art

Yesterday (12th November), I attended the official launch event of our online A level History of Art course, held at The Grammar School at...

How has the Brexit referendum affected A level Politics intake?

Academics at several universities confirmed “the Brexit effect” was driving a boom in applications for both politics and international relations degrees.* It is no...

World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day is a day to show support for better mental health and to raise awareness of the importance of looking after...

Educating Rita – A Sociological Perspective

Image source: Educating Rita (2019). Cambridge Arts Theatre. I went to see the play Educating Rita with colleagues from the NEC. Having not seen...

Festival of Learning: Highlighting the importance of lifelong learning

Above: Ros Morpeth and James Smith at the 2016 Parliamentary reception for the Festival of Learning Recently a parliamentary reception marked the close of...

GCSE results at any age

Unless you’ve been avoiding the TV, internet, newspapers and the radio today, you will have noticed that it’s GCSE results day. As always, the...

Celebrating success this A level results day

Students up and down the country have received their A level results today. News programmes will be filled with teenagers celebrating the hard work...

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...

Turning the tables: from waitress to midwife

Lottie Blunden, a single parent of four, is in her first year at university studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in midwifery. Getting...

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We’re here for you – NEC price reduction

The National Extension College was set up in 1963 to help widen participation in education and we understand the important contribution we can make...

Do you have to be at school to study a GCSE? 2020 update

You don’t have to be at school to study a GCSE This is an unprecedented time where many students are finding themselves studying at...

Coronavirus (COVID 19) – important update

Following the recent government announcement regarding coronavirus, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the steps that NEC is taking to...

What is your career path?

With over 55 years’ experience helping people of all ages gain qualifications and meet their career aspirations, we know how important it is to...

What is the best way to revise for exams?

How do you get the best out of your revision? How do you avoid common mistakes? How do you perfect your exam technique? With...

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was set up in 2015 to advocate for gender equality within the sciences and highlight...

“If you can read the world around you, you can change the world around you.”

Art history has long had an undeserved reputation as something for the privileged. However, in today’s increasingly visual world, it is more important than...

A home educator’s journey – Part 10: “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain”

In part 10 of our ‘home educator’s journey’ series, Lucy discusses how the self study skills she developed through NEC prepared her well for...

A time for fresh starts and trying something new!

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to start work on your New Year’s resolution. So, have you decided to stop doing...

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...