Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy new year!

Learning something new is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions, whether it be an A level by distance learning or taking an art course at your local college. The new year is a time for reflection as well as resolving to make changes for the year ahead, so this week we wanted to take a look back at 2013 and forward to what 2014 might bring.

2013 was a big year for NEC, not least because we were lucky enough to celebrate our 50th anniversary! Almost 3000 of you took up the challenge to learn something new in our 50 hours for free campaign, and we celebrated on midsummer’s day with a picnic at our offices in Cambridge. We also worked with 3 charities–Crisis, the Refugee Council and the St Giles Trust–to help some of their members to access qualifications funded by NEC’s Eileen Sellars bursary fund.

2013 saw thousands of people enrol on courses with NEC, and some truly amazing results. Our most popular course of the year was A level Biology, closely followed by A level Maths. Our IGCSE and GCSE students had a particularly excellent year with 100% of those who sat exams at one of our 6 partnership centres passing!

So what’s in store for 2014? There will be some new courses coming early in the year, so we will be able to help even more people to achieve their new year’s learning resolutions! The new courses will include a level 2 childcare qualification and a whole new suite of teaching assistant qualifications. If these appeal to you, get in touch with our course advice team to register your interest and keep an eye on our website for new information.

The childcare qualifications are also changing for first teaching this September, the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce will be replaced by the new Early Years Educator qualification.

Following the success of the 50 hours for free campaign, we hope to do something similar again this year, so watch this space! We will also continue to develop and improve our services to help even more people achieve their goals and succeed to the best of their abilities.

If you want to make 2014 the year you change your life by learning something new, visit our website to view our full range of flexible distance learning courses, or get in touch and speak to our course advice team. There's never been a better time to enrol, with a 10% discount on all course fees until the end of January!

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