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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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Thanks paid to Dr Ros Morpeth OBE from across NEC for her leadership

Upon the retirement of Dr. Ros Morpeth OBE from her position as Chief Executive of the National Extension College, we would like to thank…

National Extension College appoints new Chief Executive

The National Extension College (NEC) has appointed Esther Chesterman as its new Chief Executive. She takes over from Ros Morpeth OBE, who led the…

Do maths qualifications add value to university applications?

The benefits of studying level 3 maths The 2015 A level and AS reforms decoupled the AS qualification from the A level and resulted…

Thinking about becoming a teacher?

From the classroom to online lessons almost overnight, teachers have been under an incredible amount of pressure throughout the last year. Teachers have been…

From the 1960s to today: A levels with NEC lead to dream teaching job

Over the years, we have helped thousands of students gain English language and literature qualifications and achieve their full potential. Patricia first studied with…

Tuition fee bursaries at the University of Cambridge for NEC students

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the NEC are collaborating to offer a tuition fee bursary scheme for the 2021-2022 academic year.   This…

An exciting partnership to support your lifelong learning with the Open College of the Arts, exclusive to NEC students!

When you study with NEC you will be able to claim 10% off your first level at the Open College of the Arts. The…

International Women’s Day Student Story: The NEC A level English Literature course was my 1970s lifesaver!

International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women, highlight inequality and challenge biases. Dr Jacqueline Jeynes studied with NEC in the 1970s and…

How do you become a nurse?

If there has been anything positive to come out of the devastating events of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is perhaps the well deserved attention…

How is bookkeeping done differently in the digital age?

Whether you are running your own business, wanting to develop skills for a career as a bookkeeper, or wanting to support your family business,…