Welcome to the ABCC 
ABCC is the UK's only trade association for distance learning providers. 
Our Member Colleges all sign and agree to abide by our Code of Ethics - click on the tab above to read the Code. This Code is your assurance of the high standards of our Member Colleges. 
Member Colleges offer home learning courses in hundreds of different subjects - click on the Colleges tab to see details of our member Colleges, and on the Courses tab to see full lists of the subjects and qualifications available. 
ABCC is a corporate member of NIACE, The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education 

Breaking news... 

ABCC’s newest Signatory member, PTO Education, has recently launched its latest course, SELF-BUILD PROJECT MANAGEMENT, and will be promoting it at a major national exhibition. 
The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show is held at the NEC Birmingham from 26-29 March 2015. Over 500 suppliers exhibit at the show and PTO Education is sponsoring the Self-Build Theatre. It is the largest event of its kind in the UK and over 35,000 are expected to attend (last year 34,000+ were recorded). Show visitors can win up to £10,000 in prizes and PTO has donated one of its courses to the prize draw. 
PTO will be giving a presentation as part of the Masterclass Programme entitled “Self-Build Project Management: Can I? Should I? The role explained” on Saturday 28th March at 13.00-13.20. 
PTO Tutors will be demonstrating their online platform and course layout at stand number K107. Show visitors will be able to buy the course at a massive 80% discount on the retail price of £399 for the four day duration of the show only. 
Business courses, accountancy, bookkeeping, management and office skills 
Computer skills for beginners and professionals, programming, web design, CAD, computer repair and maintenance 
Building, construction, civil engineering, surveying, plumbing, electrical installation and other practical courses 
Courses for GCSEs and A Levels, to add subjects to your CV or improve your grades, and for children and young people being educated otherwise than in school. 
Creative writing, journalism, writing for the internet and blogging. 
Alternative and complementary therapies, health and fitness, optics, psychology and counselling. 
Courses for leisure and pleasure – languages, arts and crafts, hobbies and special interests 
For information on the many courses we have available, click on Courses on the navigation bar at the top of this page. 
Certificates of Merit 
The ABCC awards Certificates of Merit to students who have captured the imagination of their course providers. 
Member Colleges may nominate any student they choose, but an appropriate candidate might be someone who has - 
retrained to get back into employment 
achieved an outstanding exam or course result 
overcome personal difficulties to achieve his/her goal 
"I am really happy to have been given the outstanding learner certificate, I have it framed and use it as motivation when I try to procrastinate because I really want to get that again for the level 3 if that is possible." 
Brandon George, recent winner 
Read more of our students' success stories in our Hall of Fame - just click on the link at the top of this page. 

Louise Kennedy 
student with  
The Writers Bureau 

When I first started the course I was very excited to be starting out on my writing career. I’d just finished my degree with the Open University and suddenly had the time to do what I truly love which is to write. My main ambition at the time was to get an article published in a magazine and write a novel. 
The Writer’s Bureau has given me the confidence to follow my dreams. I started the course fresh from university and quickly devoured the course materials when they arrived. I started a daily blog to chronicle our adventures living aboard a boat from a fresh and creative viewpoint… our cat’s! I wanted to be creative daily and work on improving my writing ability. I actually only completed one assignment before things really took off with the blog and I was offered a book deal with Bloomsbury. My tutor, Michelle Higgs, was lovely, encouraging and offered me great constructive criticism on my first assignment. Now that the book has been published and most of the initial promotion has calmed down I’m looking forward to getting stuck back into the course and completing the rest of the assignments. 
Would you like to improve your employment prospects? Start up in business for yourself? Have you always wanted to speak another language? Take up a hobby or creative skill? 
With our courses you can study when and where you like, make good use of your spare time or fit your studies into a busy life. 
Many of our students have taken courses with great success whilst sailing around the world, living in remote and undeveloped parts of the world, in prison or hospital, or anywhere where it is more convenient to take control of their own programmes of study. 
Winter is here... 
It may not have arrived just yet, but Spring is in the air! 
Now's the time to learn something new - to improve your existing portfolio of skills or to make a fresh start. Distance Learning is the ideal way to study, at your own pace and wherever you might be. Learning at home or learning in the workplace, you can take that step forward.  
Click on the Courses tab and scroll down our lists of fascinating and rewarding subjects you can study at home with our Member Colleges. 
All our Member colleges agree to our Code of Ethics, which guarantees you good service and good quality in distance learning. 
Why not take a look at our Course of the Week - chosen at random from the thousands of exciting courses available? Just click on the link above. 
In doubt over how to choose your distance learning course provider? 
Please click on the tab Buyer's Guide to Distance Learning at the top of this page. 
When I was contacted by a senior editor from Adlard Coles, a subsidiary of Bloomsbury (and the largest nautical publisher in the world), saying she loved my blog and wondered if I would be interested in publishing a book along the same lines, I was literally jumping for joy. It sounds very clichéd but it really was a dream come true. We still had some hurdles to get through as the book had to be approved by the sales team. Once it was accepted and I was officially offered a contract I contacted my tutor at WB asking for advice. She advised me to join the Society of Authors as they offer a service where they look through your contract. This was an amazing help for someone who had never had anything published before. They helped me tweak the contract in my favour and soon I was sitting down to write the manuscript of my very first book, Bailey Boat Cat - Adventures of a Feline Afloat! I'm afraid my contract does not allow me to discuss the details but I've made a modest income from the book and hope that it will continue to do well in the New Year. 
The book follows Bailey’s adventures on the boat. It was published in the UK in April of this year and shortly afterwards in Australia. It was then published in America and Canada in September. I was actually in Australia on holiday and was invited into the Bloomsbury office to chat to the team that would be publicising my book down under. It was the most surreal experience and actually one of my favourite moments of my first trip to Australia! The team in America have been amazing and I was so lucky that Bloomsbury hired a freelance publicist for Bailey Boat Cat. So Bailey and the book have been featured in lots of magazines and online articles. You can read more about where Bailey’s been featured at www.baileyboatcat.com in the ‘my book’ and ‘in the news’ sections. 
My future goals as a writer are the same as when I started the course since I was unexpectedly offered a book deal from my blog that I never imagined would become such a huge hit. I’m very close to finishing my first novel and it would be a dream come true if I manage to get it published. I’m starting to seriously look for an agent now and I’d also really like to write articles about our cruising lifestyle, travelling and life living aboard a boat. I’m also very keen now to work steadily through the rest of the course and hopefully get more constructive criticism on how to improve my writing. 
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