About Us

The National Extension College is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1963 by Michael Young (Lord Young of Dartington), to provide a second chance at education for those who either missed out on education the first time round, or need to retrain in order to change careers.

NEC has been providing distance learning courses for 50 years and has helped thousands of learners to achieve their goals. Courses range from GCSEs and A levels, to childcare and management qualifications and combine personal tutor support and flexibility providing an ideal solution for thousands of learners every year.



Press releases

Distance learning no barrier to top GCSE grades

Yesterday, schools minister Nick Gibb praised the hard work of ‘hundreds and thousands of 16-year olds’ who received their GCSE grades. But it’s... read more

Press Release • 26.08.2016 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

NEC French A level students go against the national trend of falling...

As teenagers across the country receive their A level results, NEC wants to be a reminder of the other students who also received their results... read more

Press Release • 19.08.2016 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

Technology trustee appointment as NEC gears up for new GCSE and A level...

Open and distance learning provider the National Extension College (NEC) has appointed education technology specialist Dick Moore as a trustee.... read more

Press Release • 27.03.2015 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

Distance learning students from Essex to Asia awarded A* in English IGCSE

92.3% A*-C pass mark for National Extension College’s distance learning students as grade A*-C passes in English GCSE show historic fall As... read more

Press Release • 22.08.2014 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

National Extension College’s second chance students celebrate A level...

The focus of attention following the publication yesterday of A level results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is on 18 and 19-year-olds who... read more

Press Release • 15.08.2014 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

Opportunities for learning at work enhanced through new Unionlearn and...

Unionlearn board chair Dr Mary Bousted and National Extension College Chief Executive Ros Morpeth have signed a memorandum of... read more

Press Release • 23.06.2014 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

National Extension College launches free online learning challenge for...

Online and distance learning provider the National Extension College (NEC) is giving people the chance to improve their knowledge and skills with... read more

Press Release • 11.06.2014 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

Solar-powered maths and English GCSEs on the horizon with NEC’s Open...

Some of society’s most vulnerable groups of learners – prisoners, travellers, young people excluded from school, adults struggling with literacy... read more

Press Release • 10.04.2014 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

Two new Trustee appointments for national distance learning provider NEC

The Open School Trust has appointed former CACHE (the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) Chief Executive Richard Dorrance and former... read more

Press Release • 17.01.2014 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

Qualifications for homeless people, ex-offenders and refugees thanks to...

Clients of charities working with homeless people, ex-offenders and refugees are learning new skills and working towards qualifications to help... read more

Press Release • 10.12.2013 • By The National Extension College (Part of the Open School Trust)

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