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Student Stories

Online A levels with NEC leads to BSc Political Science at University of Amsterdam

Mina started the International Baccalaureate but found that it didn’t afford her a lot of subject choice. Fitting the study schedule around her social…

Aspiring medic uses distance learning with NEC to prepare for her GCSEs from Ukraine

Sanya had been attending school in Edinburgh before the Covid-19 outbreak; the first five months she spent distance learning were more of an urgent…

Lesley retired and moved to Italy where she took her love of art history online

Lesley took early retirement in April 2020 and moved to Italy. Prior to that she had worked as an engineer for about 30 years…

CMI qualification with NEC supports NHS career development

Rhiannon works for the NHS as a Business Manager and prior to enrolling with NEC was supporting a senior Director of Nursing who was…

Fitting in GCSEs between care shifts

Amy had been working shifts in the care sector and wanted to apply for a degree in medicine. She didn’t leave school with quite…

Changing keys: from jazz guitar at a conservatoire to an engineering degree at the University of Sheffield

Toby left school with a string of A*s at GCSE, but the experience of suffering a bereavement during his exams led him to abandon…

National Work Life Week 2021: finding time for professional development 

National Work Life Week, established by the not-for-profit Working Families, takes place every year between the 11th and 15th of October. It is a…

Rediscovering self-belief through A level History of Art

When NEC student Rosa decided to give herself a second chance at further education, it was not for lack of success the first time…

Why study psychology and sociology?

Psychology and sociology are fascinating subjects for anyone interested in human behaviour and how we act within society.  A level Psychology focuses on big…

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…

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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…

Why study business or economics A level?

With a multitude of subjects to choose at A level, how do you decide which is right for you? Do you chose subjects that…

World Book Day – how it’s inspired us

Today is the 19th annual World Book Day. Children across the country are arriving at school today dressed as their favourite characters from books,…

Why we all need to be bilingual

What traits come out top when people think about the British? A preoccupation with the weather? Sporting and athletic prowess? An attachment to the…

Talking about educational opportunity

Photo credit: Press Association Yesterday, Prince Charles said he was pleased the valuable work of NEC has been recognised after all this time. We…

Another chance to take legacy AQA A level exams

AQA, one of the UK’s largest awarding organisations of qualifications, has made a welcome announcement following the recent Ofqual consultation over whether there should…

Can you study science A levels by distance learning?

This post was originally published on (Friday, 5 February 2016) and updated on (Thursday, 14 March 2018). With it being Science Week we wanted…

What’s your New Year’s learning resolution?

Above: Margarita’s notebook, where she will record her progress on her New Year’s learning resolution Happy New Year! We’re glad to be back after…