Thursday, 20 February 2014

Introducing our new Guide to Courses




The world of education is full of change, from reformed A levels and new childcare qualifications, to proposals for longer school days and shorter holidays. One thing that has remained consistent for the last 50 years is NEC: we are still providing second chances to gain qualifications by distance learning to thousands of people across the UK.
We believe that getting a qualification or learning a new skill is an investment in your future. Whether that future is a place at university, a promotion, writing your first poem or that dream career change, a course with NEC really can be an investment in yourself.
In fact, we believe this so much that we’ve made it the theme of our newly updated Guide to Courses!
Available to download from our website now, and due in from the printers any day, we believe it really showcases what we’re about and is an essential tool for anyone looking to gain qualifications, or who works with those that are.
Some of the new features include a useful guide on page six, which shows all of the subjects we offer at GCSE, IGCSE and A level, complete with which awarding body and specification the course follows. If you’re thinking about changing career to work in teaching and learning, the tool on page 20 will help you decide which course is right for you, whatever age group or job role you’re looking for.
As we said earlier, making the decision to enrol on a course is an investment, and like all investments you’re bound to have a lot of questions. Pages two and three give you an overview of how a course with NEC works, all the way from enrolment to completion. You can also find a list of frequently asked questions on page 32, which might also serve as a useful checklist of things to ask if you’re talking to other providers and comparing your choices.
One news story from education that has been making headlines recently is the announcement of  more budget cuts in further education. Many people fear this will lead to more courses being cut from local colleges, but as you’ll see from looking through our new Guide, we’re not planning on cutting any courses. In fact, you’ll notice we have some new additions, including the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and a whole suite of teaching assistant courses. We’re working on getting these ready right now, so if you want to know more, check our website regularly for updates or call our course advice team to register your interest.
If you’re not sure whether distance learning is right for you, why not read some of our students’ stories that you’ll find throughout the Guide. Isobel and Elliot on page eight were both home-educated, while James on page nine is an English teacher with an interest in the sciences. Joe, Charlotte and Kathryn all chose to study A levels for very different reasons, and you can read about them on pages 13 to 15. Sarah on page 19 wanted a complete change of direction after having children, and Astero and Patricia studied purely for interest. So as you can see, distance learning is ideal for many different kinds of people with many different goals.
Whatever your circumstances or reasons for learning, there is always an option open to you at NEC to make that investment in your future, and investment in yourself.
To request a copy of our Guide to Courses by post, please contact the course advice team on 0800 389 2839 or email us at info@nec.ac.uk. You can also download a copy by clicking here.
For more information about our full range of flexible distance learning courses, visit our website, or get in touch and speak to our team. You can also keep up with all the latest NEC news and events by subscribing to our email newsletter or following our blog. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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