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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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How can studying biology help you understand coronavirus?

Written by NEC biology tutor Josie Briggs, learn about how studying biology can help during this time. Trial vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus Most people…

Where can I access art online?

In the first of a new series, NEC student Fleur talks about her experience studying A level History of Art during the coronavirus lockdown,…

What are people studying during lockdown?

Right now, as many of us are stuck at home and social distancing, we are all looking for ways to use the time well…

Why study astronomy?

Can I study astronomy at home? Yes! From the Lyrid meteor shower to the flyovers of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites, astronomical phenomena have been…

How do you maintain your motivation to study?

How do you find and keep up your motivation to study? The value of education has never been greater; it opens doors to everything…

How to enjoy creative writing while social distancing?

How to tackle a blank page? – Creative writing online with NEC One of the best parts about creative writing as a hobby is…

We’re here for you – NEC price reduction

The offers listed on this page have now expired. For the latest information on our fees and services, including special offers if we are…

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

The offers listed on this page have now expired. For the latest information on our fees and services, including special offers if we are…

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…