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 RQF/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.

In addition, We have developed some fantastic relationships with a small selecion of trusted learning partners that over the last 10 years have assisted UK Open College in the delivery of some courses we offer. These include, Open Study College & Kendal Publishing, who themselves are vastly experienced in distance learning. From time to time as business dictates we do use these trusted allies to help with the delivery and assessment of our learners. 

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,Edexcel, OCR or CIE. All four 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.


We have partnered with Open Study College & Kendal Publising to offer a full range of  NCFE CACHE courses. Certification will be issued via NCFE CACHE upon completion.  NCFE CACHE courses will be delivered and assessed by either Open Study College or Kendal Publishing dependant on the subject. This will be displayed within the individual course information listed. 


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


Fully recognised qualifications, exactly the same as taken in year 11 in UK Schools. Awarded by the largest awarding bodies in the UK, AQA & Edexcel. Ideal for those students looking to retake or progress onto A level studies upon successful completion.


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Ismael Gomez 30 Jan 2020

Online chat with customer services Darren. I was enquiring about the Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Award (RQF) teaching assistant course. Darren's patience with me extended to well over thirty minutes as I made query after query and he went back and forth, always patiently and politely to seek solutions to my enquiry, which were found. I cannot praise Darren enough for his perseverance, politeness and service with UK Open College. Let this be a lesson to all those other customer service agents out there (be it training colleges or otherwise) to how service should be provided. Keep it up Darren. I look forward to starting this course!

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I had a great overall experience with UK Open College. However, it took a while for me to receive my certificates to the point that I had to chase them up. This was sorted eventually and now I have them. But overall, if you want to study from home, I would recommend this organisation! I am one step closer on my childcare journey.

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The online assistance was great, easy to access and quick responses. The website had useful information and good examples to look at when unsure. Overall simple to use, straightforward studying that ticks all the boxes.

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I have just finished completing the Level 3 Certification in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF). During the course, my tutor changed (First I had Sam and then Kerry); however, that did not affect the level of support I received. Both the tutors I had were great at supporting me and gave valuable feedback to help me improve my skills. In particular, my second tutor, Kerry, had great attention to detail and gave me very detailed and constructive feedback which made me understand the subject in depth. All my assignments were turned around very promptly, and she was always very helpful in case of any clarifications. I would like to thank Kerry for her support, guidance, help and encouragement in completing the course. I am very grateful for all the knowledge I have obtained. Also, I would like to thank Mr.Bill for all the help and support provided whenever I called the Student Support Helpline. I would highly recommend UKOpenCollege to anyone.

Shamid 18 Oct 2019

I have just completed my Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools Qualification with the UK Open College. My online Tutor was extremely helpful and was very detailed when marking my assessments and gave back excellent feedback. I managed to complete my course within just under 5 months and I'm so delighted. the course material provided was very detailed and something that i can keep in the longterm. will definitely recommend UK Open college to everyone and will use them in the future.

Emily Hale 02/12/19

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

Ian Woodward 23 May 2019

I decided to do something with my time upon being made redundant, I am not one for sitting around doing nothing. The course booklet was excellent, there was enough information in it to put you on the right path for each question. I was able to carry out the work at my own pace which was superb for me as I wasn't out of work for long. One major positive for me were the tutors, I had two in my year long course that were both brilliant. The only negative about the whole thing was writing each question to my fullest but then being told there were word counts for each section which led to me spending a long time cutting large chunks of text out. (this could have been me not realising.) All in all though I would recommend UK open college to people looking to broaden their horizons and who want to try something new.

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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