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.

A Levels 
We have partnered with Open Study college to offer a full range of  aLevel 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 Awards & Cirta Awards – Quality Licence Scheme

A range of courses are 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


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.

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.


Recognised in the same way as GCSE’s. 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.ccessful completion.