Student Stories

Homeschooler Andrew’s experience of studying IGCSE Chemistry

Last year, we shared Andrew’s experience of how homeschooling was helping him to balance education and family commitments. We caught up with Andrew to…

Mia’s NEC experience and her pursuit of knowledge

There are a number of reasons why students decide that distance learning is a suitable form of education for them and their needs. In…

Andrew’s experience: How homeschooling helps balance education and family commitments

Arguably, one of the biggest benefits to online and distance learning is the freedom it allows students to study at a time and place…

How homeschooling is helping Amelia work towards a medical career

You may have seen us share a recent story about the benefits of distance learning as a mature student. In this post we explore…

Distance learning as a mature student working abroad: Chun’s Experience

As distance learning has grown in popularity as an effective alternative to traditional learning, the benefits of this type of study for mature students…

Sharon’s positive experience of distance learning leads to an A grade in her English Language A level

There’s no denying that distance learning is rapidly gaining popularity as a successful educational platform outside of traditional schools and colleges. With this in…

Martin’s story: From no qualifications and working in a factory to a long academic journey and a professional career

With NEC celebrating our 60th birthday in 2023, we have been asking students for their stories of studying with NEC. Throughout our 60 years,…

Jeremy’s stepping stone to studying Natural Sciences at university

NEC has been working with our partners to provide a series of free webinars on our YouTube channel for anyone interested in studying a…

Meet the recipients of the Russell Kane Scholarship

In July 2022 NEC launched the first annual Russell Kane Scholarship Programme.  Russell Kane, now a multi-award winning comedian, TV and radio presenter, actor,…

What happens when there aren’t enough students to fill a classroom?

Every summer there are dismaying articles about the decline in modern foreign languages in schools. Not to mention the drop in language learning during…

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Testing times

In primary and secondary schools across England, pupils are being put through their paces. Last week, key stage 1 children (six and seven-year olds)…

An American in Tanzania strides forward in her pre-school career

Far away from the UK, NEC has helped one woman qualify for a second career and start planning a business that will have an…

Innovation for NEC A level science students

Innovation for NEC A level science students Back in February we blogged about how you can study a Science A level by distance learning….

Top 10 revision tips for your exams

It’s the time of the year when students across the country are poring over books, trying to ensure they are prepared for their upcoming exams….

Why distance learning is a great way to gain a CMI management qualification

In a time when there is stiff competition for jobs, a qualification in management can help you to stand out from the crowd. But…

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…