GCSEs can help you fulfil your career ambitions, whether you’re starting out or want to make a career change. They are qualifications that show you have gained a good level of learning in a given subject area and are recognised by employers and training providers in the UK as evidence of the first step of formal achievement. Young people usually take GCSEs at the age of 16 or 17. With NEC, you can take them at any age.

GCSEs are needed to get into college or university and a pass in English, Science and Maths is required for many jobs and apprentice programmes.

Some students in the UK take International GCSEs, known as IGCSEs, which are an equivalent qualification to GCSEs and recognised all over the world.

Studying GCSEs with NEC

With NEC’s flexible online GCSE and IGCSE courses, you study at a time and pace that suits you. All our GCSE and IGCSE courses are written by teachers and examiners, and are accredited by the internationally respected awarding bodies AQA, Edexcel and CIE.

When you become an NEC student, you’ll be supported by a one-to-one tutor. All our tutors are subject specialists with a teaching qualification. You will also be able to call on the expertise of our dedicated student support team, by email or on the phone.

NEC’s online distance learning GCSEs

At NEC, we’re experts in distance learning. Over the last 50+ years, we’ve delivered courses and qualifications to thousands of adults and young people across the UK and beyond. What matters most to us is the success of our students.

Our courses are designed for independent learning. You will access your course materials through learn@nec, our easy-to-use online learning portal, and become part of a friendly national and international online learning community. Your personal tutor will help you succeed, commenting on your course assignments, preparing you for your exams and helping you register to sit the papers. Everyone who enrols on an NEC GCSE course is guaranteed a place at one of our partner exam centres.