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Welcome to National Extension College *Fees Payable*


Founded in 1963 by Michael Young and Brian Jackson as a pilot for the Open University, the National Extension College (NEC) is an educational charity which is part of the Open School Trust.

NEC offers educational opportunities and second-chance learning to people for whom attending regular classes at a school or college would not be possible. Michael Young wrote about his vision when he set up NEC:

'We were searching for education without institution, learning while earning, courses which people of all ages could take in their own time, at their own pace.'

Today, lead by 2014 TES FE Leader of the Year award winner Dr Ros Morpeth, NEC continues to operate as a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing education that offers more choice for the individual.

As well as providing home study courses directly to students, we also provide learning materials and resources to schools, colleges and training providers, and learning programmes for companies, government and the rest of the public sector.

NEC works in close partnership with a wide range of organisations to promote and provide educational opportunities. We are are trusted by major partners and are members of well-respected organisations such as NIACE, the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), and all the major awarding bodies.

At NEC, we are proud of our history and take our responsibilities as a learning provider very seriously. We work hard to ensure our learners complete their courses and achieve the highest grades they’re capable of.

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About us

We are proud of our history and our values at NEC. Fifty years of education – a lifeline to many learners who need the flexibility that NEC provides. By removing barriers to learning, our aim is to make sure that learning is accessible to everyone, enabling them to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions. We aim to do all of this, whilst developing and utilising innovations in technology and learning and making the experience enjoyable and enriching. NEC’s mission is simple:


Facilities available

Partner centres

NEC is pleased to be able to offer places for its students at seven centres in England:

  • Cambridge
  • Doncaster
  • Reading
  • Ashton-under-Lyne (Greater Manchester)
  • Gravesend
  • Swindon
  • London (limited places available)


If you wish to sit an exam in one of these partnership centres, our student support team can arrange this for you. If you would prefer to sit your exams somewhere else, there are hundreds of exam centres that accept private candidates across the UK.


The cost of sitting your exams is not included in your course fee. The cost will vary depending on the subject you are studying and the exam centre you are attending. You should also bear in mind that you will need to make your own travel arrangements to get there.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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