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As an education charity dedicated to helping independent learners to achieve life-changing qualifications, NEC wants to keep fees affordable. 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 far more student support and higher quality learning resources than many of our competitors.

As a result, NEC’s fees for GCSEs and A levels offer some of the best value on the market, with multi-buy options, discounts for payment in full, and low (sometimes 0%) interest rate finance options.

Because we have so much experience, and are dedicated to helping our learners succeed, we also offer a much higher level of study support than many other online distance learning providers, providing real value for money.

On this page you’ll find information about any discounts and special offers we are currently running to help you save money on the cost of your learning.

Multi-buy offers

For some courses, we offer discounts if you enrol on two or more courses together. The following multi-buy offers are available online and over the telephone. Please note: you must enter the corresponding voucher code at checkout to redeem your discount when purchasing online. 

Multi-buy GCSEs*:

  • 2 GCSEs for £940 (online enter code: GCSEMB2)
  • 3 GCSEs for £1,410 (online enter code: GCSEMB3)
  • 4 GCSEs for £1,780 (online enter code: GCSEMB4)
  • 5 GCSEs for £2,225 (online enter code: GCSEMB5)

Multi-buy A levels**:

  • 2 A levels for £1,350 (online enter code: ALEVELMB2)
  • 3 A levels for £2,025 (online enter code: ALEVELMB3)

*The multi-buy offer excludes IGCSE Double Science.

**The multi-buy offer excludes A level Further Maths and A level History of Art.

Discounts are only available when paying in full and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. All offers are applied at the point of enrolment and not retrospectively.

If you wish to enrol on multiple courses beyond 5 GCSEs or 3 A levels, please call our Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839.

Course bundle: English and Maths for Early Years

Enrol on any of our Early Years Educator courses and you can add GCSE English and GCSE Maths to your enrolment with a discount of £75 off each subject.

This offer is open both to new learners who enrol for the first time and existing students already working through these courses, making it easier for you to gain all the crucial qualifications you’ll need to begin or progress your career in Early Years Education.

Discounts are only available when paying in full and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. All offers are applied at the point of enrolment and not retrospectively. You cannot enrol online for this offer.

Forces personnel funding

Members of the armed forces can take advantage of the Standard Learning Credit (SLC) scheme.

TOTUM PRO card

The TOTUM PRO card is available to current active students aged 16 or over, studying full or part-time in Further or Higher Education. The TOTUM PRO card replaces the NUS extra card but works exactly the same. It gives card holders access to a huge variety of special offers and discounts that help you save while you study. For further information about TOTUM PRO, including a full list of the deals and discounts they have on offer, visit the Totum website

Ask about TOTUM PRO when you enrol, or, if you are already studying with us, please email our student support team.

Special offers

From time to time we have special offers to help you save money on the cost of your studies. We’ll share details of these here.

Gift Vouchers

Distance learning really can change lives. You can give a friend or relative the opportunity to learn something new by covering or contributing towards the cost of any course in our catalogue or optional extra service with an NEC gift voucher.

Gift vouchers are available from £25 upwards.

Each year, NEC helps thousands of people get back into education and gain that a potentially life-changing qualification. With one of our gift vouchers, you can help someone towards that all-important course.

To find out more about our gift vouchers, call our course advisers on 0800 389 2839, or email us at info@nec.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to NEC gift vouchers:

  • Gift vouchers can only be purchased for NEC’s distance learning courses and optional extra services, they are not available for purchase towards our exams service.
  • Gift vouchers must be redeemed within 12 months of purchase
  • Gift vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or used to pay outstanding balances
  • Gift vouchers are only available for purchase via telephone and can only be redeemed by telephone sales
  • Gift vouchers can only be purchased by payment in full
  • Gift vouchers to be received in form of e-voucher via email
  • NEC reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the gift vouchers at any time.

Discounts for...

Home Educators

If you are educating your children at home, you might be interested in the multi-buy offer.

This is extended to all the family enrolling at the same time, whether that be siblings or parent and child. Please call our course advice team on 0800 389 2839 to discuss your particular needs.

Click here to find out more about our new under 18’s service.

Unions

Thanks to a long-standing agreement between NEC and unionlearn, trade unionists are entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of our courses. If you’re a member of a trade union, simply let us know when you enrol and we’ll reduce the cost of your course accordingly.

  • 10% discount only applied when paying in full.
  • Offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Open University Students

NEC is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all it’s online distance learning courses to Open University members of staff and their families, students and alumni. Just call to enrol.

  • 10% discount only applied when paying in full.
  • Offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Offer can be used by the same individual more than once.
  • NEC has the right to ask for proof of the purchaser’s current or previous study or employment with the Open University. Examples of proof could be your OU student number.

NHS workers

In support and recognition of the vital work NHS members of staff perform. NEC is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all it’s online distance learning courses to NHS workers during this time. Speak with a member of our Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839 to enrol.

  • 10% discount only applied when paying in full.
  • Offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • NEC has the right to ask for proof of the purchaser’s current employment at an NHS organisation. NEC reserves the right to decline the offer if sufficient evidence is not provided.
  • NEC reserve the right to change the terms and conditions of this offer at any time.