This page is dedicated to answering frequently asked questions or queries about studying an NCC Education qualification.
If you are an existing student please contact your NCC Education centre. If you are not an existing student and you cannot find the answer to your question below (or simply want more information) just send an email along to our Customer Service Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will do our best to provide you with all the information you need.
What is an NCC Education centre and can I study directly at NCC Education?
An NCC Education Accredited Partner Centre is a college, school or university that has signed up to offer and teach and assess our qualifications. All Accredited Partner centres undergo quality assurance procedures and must meet all of our high standards before we allow them to offer our qualifications. NCC Education works very closely with our Accredited Partner centres and we have built trusted working relationships that have been developed over many years (some of our centres have been with us for more than 20 years).
NCC Education is an awarding organisation not a teaching site. We are based in Manchester (UK) with three regional offices. All students wishing to study for our qualifications will sign up to study at one of our Accredited Partner centres, where trained and approved staff are appointed to administer and teach the qualifications set by NCC Education.
What are the Entry Requirements?
The entry requirements vary depending on the qualification you are interested in and can be found under the relevant section of the Our Qualifications area of the website. If you are uncertain, or the qualification you are looking for is not listed please contact email@example.com for more information and advice.
How can I apply for exemptions on NCC Education qualifications?
Your Accredited Partner centre will advise you on our agreed exemptions and would supply this request in writing to us with copies of all details of your previous qualifications, such as syllabi and any certificates issued. In some cases we may already be aware of instances where exemptions can be given, and in these cases the process should be very short and simple.
All exemption requests must be made prior to you sitting your first assessment.
All exemption requests must be processed through your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre.
How long does will it take me to complete my qualification?
This can vary; the majority of students take one year to complete most of our qualifications (based on full-time learning). Students aiming to achieve a degree, for example, will typically (depending on their existing qualifications) begin their education at Level 4 (Diploma Level) and then spend three years studying for their degree qualification. At the end of this journey you will then be awarded your degree directly from the awarding UK University that validates your course.
Students may also study part time, which enables our students to be employed whilst they study. Your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre will discuss the options available to you. They will have more detailed information on how the course is run including timetables and time scales etc.
One of the key benefits of studying an NCC Education qualification is that we will award our students with an individual and recognised qualification at the end of each year (our Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas, for example). This is unlike students who study directly at a UK university who typically must complete the full three years before they can achieve a qualification.
The benefit of this is that our students can choose to enter into employment at any stage using their qualifications gained at NCC Education and can then choose to return at a later date to continue with their education.
When can I start studying for my qualification?
Following registration with your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre you will be advised on start dates for your qualification by your centre.
What is NCC Education?
NCC Education is a regulated UK Awarding Organisation and a global provider of British education from Entry through to Master’s degree level. We provide a complete education solution to over 150 centres worldwide. By working in partnership with Accredited Partner centres and universities we provide students with affordable qualifications in Business and IT, from foundation through to degree and master’s level.
I would like to know a little bit more about NCC Education’s history and values
Visit our About Us section of the website.
Who are NCC Education qualifications for?
Everyone. At NCC Education we firmly believe that education should be accessible to everyone who wishes to gain an education and improve their skills and employability. NCC Education qualifications are open to school students, senior middle school graduates, diploma holders, working professionals and people from all walks of life; it all depends on the level of qualification you would like to study.
So, how can I register?
We have made our registration process as simple as possible for you. All students register through one of our NCC Education Partner centres, which are located all over the world – our centres have trained and dedicated staff that can assist and guide you through every stage of your registration process. To find your nearest Accredited Partner centre please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have found a centre providing the qualification you wish to study you would contact them directly to enquire about how to begin the registration process and get started.
Where can I find out more about what qualifications you offer?
NCC Education specialises in Business and Computing qualifications and we have a wide range of qualifications for you to choose from that are all designed to provide you with the knowledge you will need to succeed. Visit Our Qualifications area on the website to find the qualification that meets your needs.
From here you will be able to see a full list of every qualification, the teaching content, structure and assessment of every qualification, as well as download specific information.
Where can I find sample assessments and marking schemes?
Visit Our Qualifications area on the website, select the qualification you are interested in, open the Assessment drop down, here there are links to sample assessments and marking schemes for all units.
How do I apply to study directly at a UK University?
If you currently hold an NCC Education qualification and wish to study at a UK university please contact the University directly you wish to apply to and they will confirm their Admissions policy.
Can I transfer to a different NCC Education centre in another country to complete my studies?
Yes you can. Many of our students find that this is great way to travel and see the world whilst they learn. To do this, you must contact email@example.com for more information. We have more than 150 centres worldwide so there are lots of choices available. We also offer some of Our Qualifications online.
I am an NCC Education graduate and I am interested in completing my degree studies directly at a university, is this possible?
We have university progression routes in place with institutions from all over the world. Many of our students have studied with NCC Education and then progressed onto universities from as far afield as the US, the UK and Australia to see a list of just a few of these universities. This means that our students can complete their first few years with NCC Education and then progress directly onto the university of their choice to complete their final year and be awarded with a degree directly from that university.
Remember, universities have different admission policies and entry criteria so it is important to contact them directly for more information on how to apply.
Will I need a visa in order to study in another country?
Yes you will. All students must have the relevant permits and approval to study in another country; it is the responsibility of the student to arrange their visas/permits. You will need to contact the relevant government department for the country in which you wish to study for more information about applying for the necessary documentation.
What happens if I miss an exam?
If you miss an exam through no fault of your own (for example, you are ill) and the absence can be verified by evidence (a doctor’s note, for example), then you should inform your NCC Education Partner centre as soon as possible. Normally, NCC Education will then allow you to take the missing exam as a ‘deferred’ exam.
However, if you miss an exam through avoidable circumstances (for example, forgetting to set your alarm clock, or if you simply choose not to attend). You will need to retake the exam as a referred exam and you will pay a resit fee.
How are the qualifications graded?
This varies from qualification to qualification. Please see our Qualification pages
When will my results be released?
NCC Education releases assessments results as per advertised deadlines which are available at your NCC Education Accredited Partner Centre. All results will be sent directly to your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre for distribution.
Where can I find out my exam results?
Your exam results will be sent directly to your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre to issue to you.
Where can I find out more about assessment methods?
Your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre will provide you with all the information relating to examinations and assessments.
What happens if I fail one of my modules?
NCC Education provides all of our students the opportunity to re-sit their assessments. The rules and procedures do vary depending on which qualification you are studying, so the important thing to do is speak to your Accredited Partner centre for more guidance on what your options are.
Sometimes students will only fail in a particular assessment (an exam or an assignment, for example) and if this is the case it may not be necessary for you to re-sit all the assessments for that particular module in order to pass. When this happens, your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre will give you feedback to show which assessment you will need to re-sit.
All students are issued with an NCC Education results transcript that will show you all of the modules and assessments you have attempted and the grades you have achieved. These result slips are distributed through your Accredited Partner centre.
Can I appeal about my results?
Yes, if you want to make an appeal please contact your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre directly. There is a four week period for you to appeal after receipt of your results; your Accredited Partner centre will inform you of the process and of the payment required.
How are the qualifications taught and assessed?
All our qualifications are taught in English through either part-time or full-time study and consist of teaching semesters plus revision time in preparation for the formal NCC Education assessments. Your Accredited Partner centre will provide you with a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and revision sessions throughout the course of study. You can progress all the way through our qualifications from Entry level through to Master’s degree qualifications.
You will be assessed, in English, through a combination of coursework, exams and practical projects depending on the qualification you are studying.
Our qualifications are designed with flexibility in mind, this means you can progress up to the level you wish and are awarded a qualification at the end of every level. This means you can choose to enter into employment at any stage using your qualifications gained at NCC Education and even choose to return later on to continue with your education.
When are the assessments held?
NCC Education typically holds four assessment cycles throughout the year; March, June, September and December. The assessment cycles you are enrolled in will vary depending on which qualification you are studying, which Accredited Partner centre you are studying at and when you registered upon the course.
How do I register to re-sit an assessment?
Please contact your Accredited Partner centre directly.
When will I receive my certificate?
Certificates will be dispatched directly by NCC Education after the release of examination results and once your Accredited Partner centre have confirmed all of your details. If you have not received your certificates after this time, please contact your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre.
I have lost my certificates and need to order another copy.
Certificates can be replaced at a cost of £50 per set (subject to a VAT charge if you studied in the UK), which includes your full Diploma and Academic Transcript.
Requests for certificate replacements will be actioned within five working days of the initial acknowledgement of the application subject to:
- receipt of Application for Certification approved by NCC Education
- receipt of full payment
For more information or to make a service request please refer to the:
I need to have a transcript of my results sent to the university/company which I am applying to.
NCC Education is happy to offer official transcripts to all our students. Please email our Customer Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your candidate details (your full name, NCC Education ID number and course title) and the university/company contact details. A transcript of your results will then be sent to your chosen university or employer. Customer Services will also confirm the cost of this service and the various payment methods available.
Partial transcripts for those students part way through their studies are also available; these are common for those students seeking internships or part-time employment. Please contact Customer Services for more information.
How much are the fees?
The fees for our qualifications can vary depending on the region, qualification and which centre you wish to study at. To find out how much your course fees will be contact the NCC Education centre where you would like to study and they can provide you with a concise breakdown of all the costs involved.
How do I pay to register for my qualification?
All payments are made to your NCC Education centre, not to NCC Education directly. There are various payment methods and plans in place at our centres and they will be able to advise you on the options that are available.
Government and Industry Recognition
NCC Education is recognised in the UK by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) as an awarding organisation of quality British qualifications. The Office accredits and regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments.
Department of Education
NCC Education is recognised by the Department of Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills as an awarding body for Higher Education qualifications, under article 96 and article 97 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.
How can I find out about your quality and academic standards?
At NCC Education, quality is at the forefront of our every action. Please visit the Quality Assurance section of our website, which outlines our approach to ensuring high quality academic standards.
We have built our reputation as a high quality education provider and awarding organisation through developing stringent quality assurance processes to ensure that our qualifications, centres and services are of the same high quality standard throughout the world.
Who recognises NCC Education qualifications?
- Over 60 universities, worldwide
- Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation
- Tech Partnership (formally e-skills UK)
- Council for Administration
- Local and National Education Authorities and Departments/Ministries in countries all over the world
- British Council – Education UK
What universities recognise NCC Education qualifications?
Over 60 universities in the UK and overseas have granted progression routes for NCC Education Diplomas from which successful students are eligible to enrol at the respective university. More information can be found at University Pathway.
Is there a difference between a degree obtained by studying at a UK university and one gained studying from my home country?
No. NCC Education students studying from their home country at one of our Accredited Partner centres will receive the certificate of Bachelors (Hons) Degree from the university, which is exactly the same as students who have enrolled and completed three years’ study directly at the university in the UK.
What are the benefits of studying an NCC Education qualification over that of a competitor?
- Internationally recognised British qualifications
- Qualifications that have a combination of academic and vocational aspects
- Students will gain the skills required by employers
- Increased international job opportunities
- A recognised qualification at the end of each level
- Practical and relevant qualifications
- Obtain a UK degree in an affordable way
What support do you offer?
Your first point of contact for support and guidance is your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre. For services relating to: Certificate reprints, results transcripts reprints and Campus log-in details please contact our Customer Services Department based in the UK that are on hand to offer support and to answer any of your questions by sending you queries to email@example.com.
You can also join our student community at the official NCC Education Facebook page.
I stopped studying for my NCC Education qualification more than 3 years ago, but I need to complete another unit, what can I do?
Each NCC Education qualification has an eligibility period, this is the maximum time that you are allowed to complete the qualification within. The eligibility period begins at your initial registration on the qualification. Most NCC Education qualifications have an eligibility period of 3 years (others may be different, please check with your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre for further details). In the above case you would be unable to complete the qualification as your eligibility period has expired, however, depending on the qualification, we may allow you to re-enrol as a new student. Your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre will be able to provide you with further details.
What should I do if I need to suspend my studies on a unit/qualification?
If, during your studies, personal circumstances arise in which you need to suspend your studies then you must contact your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre.
What should I do if I need to withdraw from my studies?
If, during your studies, personal circumstances arise in which you need to withdraw from a qualification then you must contact your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre.
Do you provide copies of past papers?
Yes, past papers can be obtained from your NCC Education Accredited Partner centre.