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Awarding Organisations and Certification Providers


NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.



Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.



AQA is a leading provider of qualifications and support services for teachers and students.

We want to help every student and teacher to realise their potential.

We provide qualifications that are valued by employers and higher education and enable students to progress to the next stage in their lives.

We support teachers by delivering services that lead to inspiring lessons, great learning and accurate assessment. We also work collaboratively with teachers to create resources that are designed around their day-to-day needs.



OCR is a leading UK awarding body. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes.

Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.




UK Distance Learning & Publishing is delighted to be an approved centre for Industry Qualifications.

Visions & Values

IQ is committed to making a positive difference in the qualifications industry. Find out more about the vision and values we hold.

We intend to be one of the ten largest awarding organisations in the UK before 2016. The IQ model harnesses the power of mutuality and partnership to lever market position.

The aim is to develop an awarding organisation that:

  • Is committed to long term partnership with members
  • Has a reputation for quality of assessment, product and service
  • Is led by members in relation to product, delivery and pricing
  • Works to integrate members in the delivery process
  • Is responsive to opportunity



UK Distance Learning is now and approved AAT Centre offering AAT Courses.

UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants

We work across the globe with around 125,000 members in more than 90 countries. Our members are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world, including students, people already working in accountancy and self-employed business owners.

AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals, many occupying senior, well rewarded positions with thousands of employers – from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institution



UK Register of Learning Providers


Registration Number 10040046


We are a member of the British Institute of Learning & Development


Our vision

To achieve excellence and recognition in Learning and Development for individuals, organisations and the profession as a whole

Our mission

To support the development and success of our members, the BILD will:


  • Professional status of individual members’ qualifications and experience through membership grades.


  • Members’ interests through the formulation of policies and standards associated with the learning and development industry.
  • The interests and reputation of Learning and Development professionals nationally and globally.


By providing:

  • A valued range of membership services.
  • Opportunities for continuous professional development (CPD).
  • Leadership and support to drive excellence and professionalism in Learning and Development.


ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

The courses have been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of a course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in the subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Courses themselves have been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

At the end of the course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Quality Licence Scheme