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 
We are delighted to report that the HCC is up and running again, after the traumatic events of last year. Click the link above to visit its impressive new website. 
OUR MEMBER COLLEGES CAN PROVIDE - 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABCC 
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. 
 
 

Tracey Thomas 
Student with  
London Art College 
Digital Illustration 

Tracey demonstrated considerable improvement and enthusiasm. She was a superb student and took on board all of my feedback. All of this from a wheelchair using a pointer rigged up to her head. 
HELP YOURSELF TO LEARNING! 
 
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. 
Summer's on the wing... 
 
Autumn is a time for new beginings. 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
Tracey's story -  
I went into Barnardo’s care when I was four years old because I had severe Cerebral Palsy and my mum and grandparents couldn't cope. I’m very pleased I did go into care because I wouldn't have had any life at home. My nan used to tell people I had a mental disability. 
I had a good education although it wasn't a standard one. We weren’t pushed to do exams. I did do my English O’level because my English teacher and headmaster said I had talent in writing. Upon leaving school at seventeen they encouraged me to be a writer. 
My school days were the best of my life. I went into an adult type of care home where we were taught how to one day live in our own flats. I moved out into my flat when I was twenty five. My boyfriend who also had Cerebral Palsy suddenly died a week before I moved and my mum was told she had M.S. it wasn't a great time to be moved out of care. I got through it. 
In 2004 I got really interested in art. I went to on a small art college in the East End of London and I absolutely loved it. Since then drawing on my PC has taken me away from writing which I didn't really enjoy anyway. Doing art was my first passion from that moment. 
Doing the course at the London Art College just made me love it more. My tutor Spencer Hill is one of my heroes. He has been so encouraging, even after the course. He made the course so enjoyable. He is a great guy. 
I would like to create my own style of cartoon characters and my dream would be for someone to like them and make something like The Simpsons out of my characters. That’s my dream. 
I would like to do another course in portrait drawing as I like drawing faces. 
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