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 


Congratulations to CTJT, one of our best-respected and liveliest Member Colleges, on its relaunch as The College of Media and Publishing. Go to the College's own page for more on this exciting news. 
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. 

Mark Foster 
Student with HCC 
Diploma in Arboriculture 

Mark has produced work at this higher HCC Diploma level, which has often been of a consistently superb standard. 
Written material, graphics, and general presentational approach have been organised in such a way to meet the needs of the more advanced research and presentation at Diploma level. 
The overall quality of this work for advanced study has been outstanding – and well worthy of an award of certificate of merit. 
As Mark is a Professional practising arborist - I have suggested that he might act as an HCC Arb Tutor in the future; experience such as his will be an invaluable resource for the new HCC in the coming years. 
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... 
These long dark evenings, why not settle down with your books or your laptop by the fire. 
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. 
I run my own arboriculture business that includes practical tree work, tree surveys, consultation. tree planting and installations in trees. In my day-to-day practice I am climbing trees, touching them and learning about how they wish to be whilst balancing clients requirements and needs. I actively promote good tree management and attempt to guide tree owners into a greater tree friendly approach whilst specifying works. I believe that we require to think very carefully about how humanised planet Earth has become for us to regain a respect for the importance of the natural world. In short, we need to plant more trees today and look after our ageing collection meantime. 
I have enjoyed my course through HCC and feel satisfied that the Diploma course has brought my arboricultural knowledge to a new level that has given me more confidence to mould my business direction. 
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