NEC has been helping people learn from home since 1963, and with over 57 years’ experience of helping home educators flourish, we’re dedicated to ensuring that every one of our students has the high quality course materials, support and guidance they need to achieve their best grades. We also provide a unique set of services to parents, to help them in supporting their child through home education.
We have exam results to be proud of and are able to take on challenges as they arise. As a registered exam centre with decades of experience, we worked tirelessly throughout 2020 to provide centre assessment grades to all eligible students after the cancellation of the summer exams – more information on how we handled the ever-changing exams situation can be found here.
Some examples from the 2020 exam results:
Whether you are already a home educator, or are researching the options for homeschooling your child, NEC offers the support your family needs to ensure that your child achieves the qualifications they need to go on to college, university or the first step in their career. As well as high quality course materials, written carefully to cover awarding body specifications, each course includes regular tutor marked assignments giving the student an opportunity to receive formative and summative feedback as they progress through the course. Students under 18 years of age are also provided with the following additional support:
The Open University (OU) and The National Extension College (NEC) are working together to make progression from FE (further education) to HE (higher education) a lot more affordable.
Here is the offer: Current NEC students or alumni within three years of progressing their studies with NEC, will be eligible to claim a 10% discount on all Open University Level 1 undergraduate courses*.
Online learning can open the doors to students of all ages and backgrounds, providing the flexibility and framework to achieve academic success.
More than 40% of NEC students plan on going on to university, with many choosing to study with the OU after achieving their GCSEs and A levels with NEC. This is a fantastic opportunity for all those students who appreciate the flexibility of distance learning and wish to continue their studies into higher education; whether it’s to pursue a career goal or simply just to study the subject you love.
*Average saving of £619.
Drawing on over 55 years’ experience, and thousands of successful students, we’ve put together the NEC Guide for Home Educators.
Parents are legally entitled to homeschool their children up to the compulsory schooling age (currently 16 in England and Wales), and that includes children with special needs.
Our guide will help you to understand what’s involved in successful homeschooling, outline how much it’s likely to cost you, and signpost you to additional sources of information and advice.
There’s a plethora of information for home educators out there so as well as our NEC Guide for Home Educators, here are some other websites that we would recommend. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of these third-party sites.
If you’re looking into home educating your child, you’ve probably been doing a lot of research into different providers.
As an education charity dedicated to helping independent learners to achieve life-changing qualifications, NEC wants to maintain value for money. To keep our course fees as low as possible and ensure that they are affordable for individual students, who are often paying their own fees, we set course fees on a cost recovery basis. Any surplus we make is reinvested in improving the quality of our courses and developing our student support services.
Although our courses cost more than some other providers’, it’s important to be aware that we offer decades of experience in distance learning, course materials developed by subject experts, and have been advocating for private candidates and the accessibility of education since 1963.
As a result, NEC’s fees for GCSEs and A levels offer some of the best value on the market, with multi-buy options, seasonal special offers, and affordable finance options. Learn more about fees and finance options.
For specific fee information, visit the course page.
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.
A home-educator’s journey
Meet Anna and Lucy, a mother and daughter who are sharing their experiences of distance learning and home education
With increasing pressure on secondary schools and colleges, through the impact of Covid-19, growing student numbers, shrinking budgets and staff shortages in some subject areas – as well as pressure on the curriculum making non-core subjects difficult to accommodate – many are looking beyond their own boundaries in order to offer additional subjects to their most ambitious and able students.
As well as supporting home educators and adult distance learners since 1963, NEC has been working with secondary schools and colleges for over 20 years.
Read more about how NEC can work with your school to extend subject choice, help to overcome timetables clashes and provide flexibility to help your students succeed.
NEC offers one of the widest ranges of online courses at GCSE and A level in the UK, with 16 subjects at GCSE level, (including English language, English literature, maths, astronomy and sociology), and 20 subjects at A level, (including modern foreign languages, physical and social sciences, and the humanities). Most of our A level courses can also be studied to AS level.
Your child can enrol on any NEC course whenever it suits them (and you), and start studying straight away.
Contact us for more information.