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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...

NEC launches new IGCSE Double Science🚀

“I have found studying by distance learning a rewarding yet challenging experience. Studying in this way lets you choose your own hours to study...

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...

My experience with GCSE Maths

Rebecca studied GCSE Maths, Psychology and English Language with NEC.  In Year 8 I was hospitalised with Crohn’s Disease along with my twin sister....

GCSE Results of NEC students released today

“Self-study made me realise that learning never stops. It’s not a race, not a sprint, not even a marathon, but it’s a lifelong journey.”...

Learning never stops. It’s not a race, not a sprint, not even a marathon, but a lifelong journey

I first started homeschooling because I found my grades and morale slipping in mainstream school. This, however, did not mean I hated learning. On...

A level exam results of NEC students released

You don’t have to go to school to get an A level. Among the 300,000 students (BBC, 2019) taking A levels each year are...

From NEC to Oxford

Ella studied A level English Literature and Classical Civilisation with NEC, obtaining an A* and A grade respectively. She has now been offered a...

A home educator’s journey – Part 9: Structuring our week

In part 9 of our ‘home educator’s journey’ series, Anna discusses how the flexibility of home education shapes her approach to a typical week....

A home educator’s journey – Part 8: Studying GCSE Maths

Anna and Lucy are a mother and daughter who are sharing their experiences of online distance learning and home education. In this edition of...

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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...