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NEC is working with the International Examination Officers’ Association to lower barriers to external candidates’ access to the examinations system. We are glad to share our own procedures and documents with centres open to accepting external candidates. For further discussion, please contact Gillian Moore, Director of Study Programmes at gillian.moore@nec.ac.uk or visit NEC at www.nec.ac.uk/schools


The National Extension College (NEC) is the UK’s leading provider of tutor-supported home study courses. We offer well over 100 courses leading to accreditation including GCE, GCSE, management, childcare and other professional courses. Our learners, aged from 9 to 90, live all over the UK. Many of them have chosen distance learning as their only option—for example because of disability, caring responsibilities, shift work or living far from an FE college. Most of our GCE and GCSE students enter for examinations as external candidates in their own region, but their coursework is handled by NEC. 


As part of the partnership arrangement the iEOA provides:

·      Promote NEC to all its centre communities & wider stakeholder community

·      Promote NEC on its website and in other publications & events

·      Promote NEC to all Network groups through its online Network Service

·      Promote NEC through the iEOA CPD programmes

·      Provide and share a dedicated centre data base to support external candidates


In return NEC provides:


·           Provide help and support on external candidates information and guidance

·           Provide help and support on products & services that facilitate greater access

·           Promote the iEOA on its website, in publications and events where appropriate


While this partnership agreement is based on a shared objective of providing future solutions to members' needs, the iEOA does not endorse any specific product under its charitable status. However, the iEOA seeks to provide opportunities to members to explore and develop products and services that might not have become available through other avenues.