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What is #EarthOvershootDay?

What is #EarthOvershootDay? It is #EarthOvershootDay – the day where we have used up all of the natural resources that our planet can renew…

Alan Tuckett has reasons to be cheerful for adult education

After a decade of decline and policy neglect, this is suddenly the season of reviews affecting adult learners. Like number 38 buses, you wait…

Celebrating 50 years of the OU

Above: NEC Chief Executive Dr Ros Morpeth showing support for the Open University  Yesterday evening a distinguished crowd gathered at the House of Lords…

Can you do an A level in a year?

One of our most frequently asked questions, especially at this time of year, is whether you can be ready for an A level within…

How I learnt to love learning

Today’s guest blog is written by Chris Holligan, Professor of Education at The University of The West of Scotland. Chris details how his life…

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…

A brief history of NEC and broadcasting

Tonight (April 25th) at 9pm, BBC 4 will be broadcasting a new hour long documentary ‘Happy Birthday OU: 50 Years of The Open University’….

Happy 50th Birthday OU!

‘We are thinking rather of the people who cannot turn up regularly for ordinary classes, above all of married women housebound by their children,…

English Language Day 2019

23rd April has special resonance in England. It’s St George’s Day (England’s patron saint) as well as the traditional date on which to celebrate…

A home educator’s journey – Part 7: GCSE Revision at home

This post was originally published on April 17th 2019 and updated on March 23rd 2020. Anna and Lucy are a mother and daughter who…

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Questions to ask when shopping around for distance learning courses

Some of the offers listed on this page may have now expired. For the latest information on our fees and services, including special offers…

Studying at a distance – you’re not alone!

What is distance learning? Distance learning, also known as home-study is a type of study that is available anywhere and anytime of the day…

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…

Barriers need breaking down for private exam candidates

Above: Dr Ros Morpeth OBE, Chief Executive of NEC There are an estimated 50,000 people each year who sit exams under their own steam….

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…

A level Results Day – Helping you prepare

Right now you’re probably really anxious about opening that brown envelope or that email that gives you your results – do you rip it…

International Youth Day – Celebrating our students achievements

International Youth Day is a United Nations event held annually on 12th August to celebrate young people’s success and initiatives in the global society….

Vocational courses or A levels – what’s in it for me?

Above: NEC Marketing and Communications Officer Kirsty stands in front of a selection of materials for NEC distance learning courses A recent article published…

Why study GCSEs outside of school?

Image: Our Learn@NEC online IGCSE Biology course If you’re considering studying GCSEs but not sure how you can study without going to school, then…

Brexit, a new Prime Minister and your choice of A level subject

Image: Houses of Parliament, London, UK We’ve seen several high-profile changes within UK politics in the past few weeks including the historic decision to…