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National Extension College - Distance Learning Courses in Business, Book-keeping, Childcare & Counselling

The National Extension College, also known by its acronym NEC, is a long-standing and highly regarded pioneer of flexible distance learning solutions designed to make learning accessible to anyone, anywhere.

Founded in 1963 as a pilot for the Open University, NEC is an educational charity belonging to the Open School Trust. With the mission of providing training and "second-chance learning" opportunities to those who do not have the possibility of attending regular classroom courses, they have over 50 years of experience in developing training materials for individual home study and distance learning purposes. At the same time, they have worked extensively to provide learning resources to numerous training providers, schools and colleges, as well as designing learning programmes for organisations across the public and private sectors.

As well as offering an extensive range of GCSE and A Level courses, NEC's porfolio of distance learning programmes covers the following areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Book-keeping
  • Child Care and Early Years
  • Counselling
  • Creativity & the Arts

All of the courses on offer are characterised by two principles: innovation and commitment. Indeed, NEC makes sure to keep on top of the latest technological developments in order to find new ways to innovate their products, making learning as enjoyable and enriching as possible. At the same time, they are highly committed to each and every one of their learners, supporting them throughout the entire learning process with extensive advice and guidance as well as a professional, honest approach. The ultimate goal is to provide everyone with the high quality, flexible training resources they need to succeed, whatever their life circumstances or specific goals may be.

Collaborating to promote training and education across society

NEC is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to make education and training accessible to all. This is pursued not only through their bespoke distance learning courses, but also via their collaboration with other well-respected organisations in the educational sector, which include NIACE, the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL) and the UK's major awarding bodies.

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Courses

Professional Training
e-learning / Online / Distance
Art & Design Length Price Location Reviews
Art Techniques 375 GBP Distance
Business & Management
Business Planning
Business Start-up 450 GBP Distance
Finance
Bookkeeping
Advanced Bookkeeping 430 GBP Distance
Essential Bookkeeping 0 GBP Distance
Essential Bookkeeping 405 GBP Distance
Humanities and Social Science
History
Art History 375 GBP Distance
Art History 0 GBP Distance
Languages
Latin: A Course for Beginners 450 GBP Distance
Law & Legal
Law AS 0 GBP Distance
Law AS 450 GBP Distance
Mental Health
Counselling
A Taste of Counselling 150 GBP Distance
Counselling Theory 0 GBP Distance
Counselling Theory 375 GBP Distance
Using Counselling Skills 0 GBP Distance
Using Counselling Skills 595 GBP Distance
Vocational & College Courses
Business & Management
Business AS Level 450 GBP Distance
CMI Level 3 Award in First Line Management 327 GBP Distance
CMI Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management 565 GBP Distance
CMI Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management 0 GBP Distance
CMI Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management 151 GBP Distance
CMI Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership 350 GBP Distance
CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership 0 GBP Distance
CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership 617 GBP Distance
CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership 0 GBP Distance
CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership 1,678 GBP Distance
CMI Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership 1,887 GBP Distance
Economics
Economics AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Education and Training Award
Level 1 Award Introduction to Early Years Settings 525 GBP Distance
Level 3 Award in Education and Training 595 GBP Distance
Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) 28 GBP Distance
Humanities and Social Science
History
History AS Level 0 GBP Distance
History AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Religious Studies AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Sociology
Sociology AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Languages
English
English Language AS Level 450 GBP Distance
French
French AS Level 0 GBP Distance
French AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Spanish
Spanish AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Lifestyle, Fitness and Beauty
Parenting
Level 1 Award Introduction to Early Years Settings 0 GBP Distance
Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork 530 GBP Distance
Level 3 Certificate in Playwork 1,705 GBP Distance
Level 3 Diploma in Playwork 0 GBP Distance
Level 3 Diploma in Playwork 2,796 GBP Distance
Mental Health
Psychology
Psychology AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Science & Research
Biology
Biology AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Chemistry
Chemistry AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Physics
Physics AS Level 450 GBP Distance
Teacher & Instructor Training
Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care 1,698 GBP Distance
GCSE / A Level
Business & Management
Business A Level 0 GBP Distance
Business A Level 650 GBP Distance
Business IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Economics
Economics A Level 650 GBP Distance
Humanities and Social Science
History
Classical Civilisation A Level 0 GBP Distance
Classical Civilisation A Level 650 GBP Distance
History A Level 695 GBP Distance
History A Level 0 GBP Distance
History IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
History IGCSE 0 GBP Distance
Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A Level 650 GBP Distance
Religious Studies A Level 650 GBP Distance
Politics
Politics A Level 650 GBP Distance
Sociology
Sociology A Level 650 GBP Distance
Sociology GCSE 450 GBP Distance
Languages
English
English Language A Level 695 GBP Distance
English Language A Level 0 GBP Distance
English Language GCSE 450 GBP Distance
French
French A Level 0 GBP Distance
French A Level 695 GBP Distance
French IGCSE 0 GBP Distance
French IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Spanish
Spanish A Level 695 GBP Distance
Spanish A Level 0 GBP Distance
Spanish IGCSE 0 GBP Distance
Spanish IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Law & Legal
Law A Level 0 GBP Distance
Law A Level 650 GBP Distance
Mathematics
Further Maths A level 795 GBP Distance
Mathematics A Level 695 GBP Distance
Mathematics A Level 0 GBP Distance
Mathematics AS 450 GBP Nationwide
Maths Foundation and Higher GCSE 450 GBP Distance
Mental Health
Psychology
Psychology A Level 650 GBP Distance
Psychology GCSE 450 GBP Distance
Science & Research
Astronomy GCSE 450 GBP Distance
Combined Science IGCSE 0 GBP Distance
Combined Science IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Geography IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Biology
Biology A Level 695 GBP Distance
Biology IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Chemistry
Chemistry A Level 695 GBP Distance
Chemistry IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Physics
Physics A Level 695 GBP Distance
Physics IGCSE 450 GBP Distance
Writing & Literature
Literature
English Literature A Level 695 GBP Distance
English Literature GCSE 450 GBP Distance
Leisure / Fun Classes
Functional Skills
Thinking Skills AS 0 GBP Distance
Thinking Skills AS 450 GBP Distance
Humanities and Social Science
Politics
Politics AS 450 GBP Distance
Mathematics
Further Maths AS 550 GBP Distance
Introduction to Maths 250 GBP Distance
Writing & Literature
Creative Writing
Creative Writing 375 GBP Distance
Creative Writing 0 GBP Distance
Writing Short Stories 0 GBP Distance
Writing Short Stories 300 GBP Distance
Writing Skills
Writing for a Living 0 GBP Distance
Writing for a Living 195 GBP Distance

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Reviews

Average rating 4.7

Based on 6 reviews

Gillian Garman
(4)
I have enjoyed studying as the material is easy to follow and very clear. It is good to not be under pressure and to be able to take your own time over assignments. I am now studying for a Foundation Degree and feel the study skills I have developed with NEC have been a great help to me.
Shirley
(5)
This course has helped me plan training sessions more effectively and has also helped me become a better learner. I particularly enjoyed planning the microteach as it enabled me to be creative in the resources. It equipped me to plan an engaging session and I had some very positive feedback from my peers and assessor.
Thomas Blampied
(5)
Before choosing NEC, I looked at several other distance learning programmes and the NEC was the best value for the quality of the courses and the help available. I have loved the excellent course materials and layout of the information, it’s been clear and easy to understand. The support from the tutors has also been exceptional, they are more q...
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