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. Please note: to claim this bundle you will need to enrol by telephone.

Multi-buy GCSEs:

  • 2 GCSEs for £940
  • 3 GCSEs for £1,410
  • 4 GCSEs for £1,780
  • 5 GCSEs for £2,225

Multi-buy A levels*:

  • 2 A levels for £1,250
  • 3 A levels for £1,875

*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.

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.


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.

The National Extension College was set up in 1963 to help widen participation in education and we understand the important contribution we can make during this unprecedented situation. A distance learning course can feed your mind and give you valuable qualifications without interruption, wherever you live and whatever your circumstances are.

Education can give us all hope for the future.

In light of this, we are temporarily reducing the prices on our A level and GCSE courses*.

  • GCSEs are reduced to £450 (Online enrolments enter code: NEC450)
  • A levels** are reduced to £650 (Online enrolments enter code: NEC650)
  • **A level History of Art and A level Further Maths are reduced to £750 (Online enrolments enter code: NEC750)

We encourage you to enrol online where possible applying the voucher codes outlined above. However, if you are looking to enrol on multiple courses, please email or speak to our Course Advice Team for information on our multi-buy discounts.

No matter your age or what time of day you want to study, our courses will help you further your education and maintain your mental wellbeing.

* Offer is for a limited time and subject to change. Offer excludes GCSE Double Science. Excludes Deko finance options. See full T&Cs.

  • Discount is available for a limited time and subject to change at the discretion of NEC.
  • Offer is only available on selected GCSE and A level courses.
  • Offer does not include any forthcoming courses.
  • Offer is only redeemable when payment is made in full and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts/offers or finance options currently available through NEC.
  • Offer redeemable via enrolment by telephone or through online payment using the corresponding discount voucher code.
  • Offers are applied at the point of enrolment and not retrospectively.
  • We may, at any time, and at our sole discretion, modify these Terms and Conditions with or without notice to the User. Any such modification will be effective immediately upon public posting. Your continued use of our Service and this Site following any such modification constitutes your acceptance of these modified Terms.

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.



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.


Open University Students

If you’re currently studying with the Open University and need a qualification from NEC, we’ll give you a 10% discount on course fees. Just call to enrol, quoting your student number.