National Extension College
The National Extension College (NEC) was set up in 1963 to offer educational opportunities to people who were unable or unwilling to attend a school or college.
In the 50 years since it was founded, NEC has helped three-quarters of a million learners improve their career prospects and broaden their education.
As well as providing home study courses directly to students, NEC also provides learning materials and resources to schools, colleges and training providers. We work in close partnership with a wide range of organisations – including the Marine Society, unionlearn, the Prince’s Trust and the Prisoners’ Education Trust – to promote and provide educational opportunities.
NEC is a registered charity and operates as a not-for-profit organisation. We take our responsibilities as a learning provider very seriously and work hard to ensure our learners complete their courses and achieve the highest grades they’re capable of. Generally, NEC learners perform better than the national average in any qualification they take.