Welcome to the ABCC 
ABCC is the only trade association in the UK dedicated to 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 

Horticultural Correspondence College 

One of the most long standing and successful colleges offering distance learning home-study programmes is the Horticultural Correspondence College. In March last year it suffered the tragic loss of its founder and principal Oliver Menhinick. For many years Oliver and his team designed and planned a variety of quality study programmes in and around the subject of horticulture and a great many students benefited from these programmes. 
As you will see from the message on the Horticultural Correspondence College’s website, all current students are being looked after in order that their studies can be completed. The recruiting of new students is temporarily on hold and ABCC is working with Oliver’s family to produce a long term solution to enable HCC to continue in business providing these much needed study programmes.  
A solution is within sight - please revist the website for details very soon! 
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 
Read more of our students' success stories in our Hall of Fame - just click on the link at the top of this page. 

Claire Hawthorn 
Student with NCT 
Instrumentation & Control, Calibration, CAD 

Claire wanted to increase her specialist knowledge as she worked as a technical clerk in the Instrumentation Department of a multinational oil company. She joined NCT and started the Instrumentation & Control course and then tackled the Calibration course which she successfully completed with flying colours in July 2013. 
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. 
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. 
Claire found that she “got back on track“ following bereavement and associated difficulties and found that working on these distance learning courses at her own pace was a bonus. She said “the courses were easy to follow and the support was there when I needed it.” She also recommended the two courses as they were “very comprehensive, up to date and interesting. “ 
Trevor Leach, Claire’s tutor, confirmed that she completed her assessments proficiently and her final course marks were exceptional - worthy of an ABCC Certificate of Merit award. 
Following these two courses Claire has now started the CAD distance learning course in order to enhance her skills even further. 
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