Distance Learning Qualifications

Distance Learning Qualifications, After many years experience in the distance learning sector we fully understand how the vast array of qualifications on offer can be confusing for students. We take hundreds of calls each week from students wanting to know the differences and what qualifications lead to what and where? In addition to this will the course you are studying lead to a qualification that meets your needs? All vitally important questions!!

To assist with these we have detailed below all of the awarding bodies that are currently used by the college to issue certification upon completion of your studies. This should aid you in understanding what is recognised and what is not.

Please be advised that we offer no guarantees that a qualification will be recognised by a specific company. Recognition is deemed as being listed on the QCF/RQF or professionally recognised within an individual sector.  

A course being listed on the RQF/QCF will be important to those students looking to enter further education as a university application will require learning credits or UCAS points as part of the entry requirements. We clearly show in each individual course detail if listed on the RQF/QCF. All courses listed on the RQG/QCF will have a qualification number displayed and the learing credits available shown as and where applicable.

Not all qualifications are listed on the RQF/ QCF, however this does not mean that employers will not accept or recognise your certification.

Students are able to check the validiy of any RQF/QCF listed qualification by visiting OFQUAL here. Ofqual are the regulator for recognised qualifications. This will provide proof of recognition for you. If in doubt call us on 0121 792 3872 before you enrol.


Accounting Course (A-Level)


We have partnered with Open Study College to offer a full range of  A-Level courses. A-Level certification is issued by AQA, OCR or CIE. All three bodies are nationally recognised and carry full accreditation and recognition. Upon completion of your examinations with any of the above bodies, you will gain a fully recognised qualification. A-Level certification will provide you with UCAS points for any university application. UCAS points are awarded on the grade achieved.

ABC Quality Licence Scheme

ABC Awards & Cirta Awards – Quality Licence Scheme

Our range of courses is endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme & offered in partnership with Kendal Publishing & Open Study College. This means that both Kendal Publishing & Open Study College have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of these courses alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

These courses have been designed by Kendal Publishing & Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and /or employers requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. Abc Awards & Cert Awards 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.

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

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

Regulated qualifications refer to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual/CCEA/Qualification Wales



Cache endorsed certification is awarded to successful candidates completing any of our short CPD courses. Students will receive a certificate of achievement upon completon of these courses providing proof of skills. Accepted by employers and very well respected in both the childcare and health care sectors.


CIW – Certifiied Internet Webmaser

Specific to the web design and development sector, CIW are the largest awarding body in the world relating to this exciting field. Internationally recognised, listed on the QCF with learning credits awarded upon completion for further education. UK Open College are approved and registered with CIW to offer their courses

training qualifications uk


One of the fastest growing awarding bodies in the UK. TQUK qualifications carry full recognition, listed on the RQF with learning credits awarded upon completion. TQUK pride themselves on quality and a high standard of customer service.

training qualifications uk

TQUK – Endorsed

In addition to their recognised RQF listed qualifications, TQUK also offer an endorsement which provides learners with a completion certificate upon recognition of their home study course. This endorsement has been developed to recognise and authorise our quality and bespoke training courses. These courses offer students the opportunity to gain valuable certification from a OFQUAL registered awarding body for CPD. These courses are perfect for those students not needing or requiring a qualification listed on the RQF at an affordable cost.

Gcse Course


Recognised in the same way as GCSEs. International GCSE’s carry full recognition. Awarded by the largest awarding body in the UK, Edexcel. Ideal for those students looking to retake or progress onto A level studies on successful completion.


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I really enjoyed learning with the UK Open College, if I need to do another course in the future I will definitely be returning. It made life so much easier for me as I could do it all on my computer, I didn’t have to worry about driving down to the local college or doing an adults course in the evening. Tutors were great and really helpful. Great value for money

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From the very first phone call I was dealt with very professionally, customer service was very friendly. My study books arrived promptly and my contacts with the tutors were responded to within timescales. Once or twice I had difficulty understanding what was required but tutor took the time to explain it to me. Unfortunately my tutor changed towards the end of my course which, although the replacement was friendly too, was a bit of a hiccup in the journey. It would have been improved by having assignment feedback documents that we could download rather than having to type them up from scratch. Also if I knew in advance that evidence in the earlier tasks could be used in the later ones it would have made the work easier and faster - maybe some co-relation in the index folder? Overall I would recommend for value and quality - Thank you UK open college

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I love studying with UK open college, I completed my Teaching Assistant course last year and have just received my course manual for Child Psychology. Really excited. The tutors are very helpful and so are the staff on the phone. Never had any issues with this college and would study with them again without hesitation!

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After working for over 10 years in H.R, I decided I wanted a change in career. I chose the Open College as not only did they offer me the perfect course (Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3) but more importantly the flexibility - being able to study around my 3 children. I passed the course in April and just got my first job in a school. I just wanted to say thank you to my tutor Sam who I knew was always there for support if I needed it. I didn't have any queries with my work but I had an issue with my email and Sam and Kerry were extremely helpful in sorting that issue out. If I were to study again, I would definitely use the Open College. Never too old to learn something new.