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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
Art & Design Length Price Location Reviews
Art Techniques From 375 GBP Online courses
Business & Management
Business Planning
Business Start-up From 450 GBP Online courses
Finance
Bookkeeping
Advanced Bookkeeping From 430 GBP Online courses
Essential Bookkeeping From 0 GBP Online courses
Essential Bookkeeping From 405 GBP Online courses
Humanities and Social Science
History
Art History From 375 GBP Online courses
Art History From 0 GBP Online courses
Languages
Latin: A Course for Beginners From 450 GBP Online courses
Law & Legal
Law AS From 0 GBP Online courses
Law AS From 450 GBP Online courses
Mental Health
Counselling
A Taste of Counselling From 150 GBP Online courses
Counselling Theory From 375 GBP Online courses
Counselling Theory From 0 GBP Online courses
Using Counselling Skills From 0 GBP Online courses
Using Counselling Skills From 595 GBP Online courses

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Reviews

Average rating 4.7

Based on 6 reviews.

Gillian Garman
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
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
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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The Michael Young Centre
School House, Homerton Gardens
CB2 8EB Cambridge

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