Get Recognised!

We recognise that there are many organisations who offer high-quality training and learning opportunities without using regulated qualifications.

Our Quality Licence Scheme has been designed specifically for you – to recognise your commitment to high-quality courses and to offer you the freedom to develop courses which meet your needs, as well as the needs of your learners.

Being recognised by our Quality Licence Scheme demonstrates to the people you work with that you are committed to delivering a high quality of learning and that you have been endorsed by  leading national awarding organisations.

The courses which are approved by the Quality Licence Scheme are owned by you, the Provider, and your learners will receive an ABC Awards and Certa Awards branded Certificate of Achievement and unit summary on completion of their course.

While ABC Awards aims to provide exceptional customer service to its Providers, it is the responsibility of Providers to provide all of the relevant details about the course to their prospective learners and to answer any questions they may have. We will, however, support you by providing statements which you can use for advertising and which explains our relationship.

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AlphaPapaGolf Facilities Management Services

Animal Care College

Animal Jobs Direct

Animal Jobs Direct are passionate about animal welfare and conservation. They offer regulated and non-regulated provision.

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Apna Haq Ltd

Audio Description Association

Bedonwell Counselling Associates

Bedonwell Counselling offers a range of courses for students wherever they are on their counselling journey. From those new to counselling studies to professional qualified counsellors seeking to expand their areas of expertise.

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Breastfeeding Together

Breastfeeding Together is a peer support service focusing on mother-to-mother support and understanding.

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Brentwood Open Learning College Network

The UK's leading distance learning college. They offer easy, affordable an convenient access to world-class education.

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British School of Yoga

The British School of Yoga (BSY) is an accredited college with 65 years experience. They offer over 300 courses, covering a diverse range of topics.

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Careers Advice & Learning Centre Limited

Careers Advice & Learning Centre Limited are leading experts in qualified, professional and skilled employment.

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Centre of Excellence

Change Grow Live

Change Grow Live provide help and support to adults, children, young people and families. Their innovative and creative approach allows them to provide a broad range of safe, high quality health and social care services.

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Child Dynamix

College of Media and Publishing

The College of Media and Publishing are one of the UK's most successful online colleges. They offer a range of online courses in media and publishing.

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Community Counselling Service (Kent)

Community Counselling Service offers accessible and affordable counselling services for everyone in the area.

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Community Health & Training Services (CHATS)

CHATS (Community Health and Training Services) is run and directed by Dr Helena Schlindwein Ph.D to offer CBT training, NLP training andother CPD training.

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Conexus Healthcare Limited

Conexus Healthcare Limited offer the UK’s only accredited training package in care navigation / active signposting.

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Course Gate

DEQUALS

DEQUALS offers online courses which are developed in partnership with technology leaders.

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Fashion Enter

Fashion Enter is a not for profit, social enterprise, which strives to be a centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and for learning and development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry.

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Global Edulink

Global Edulink is a leading online learning and training provider who believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, no matter what their situation.

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Good Institute

The Good Institute is the top real estate course provider in Malaysia.

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Greater London University

Greater London university is an online university that offers flexible, fully accredited manufacturing, public and business management and Natural medicine and Nutritional science programs.

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Himmat Project

Himmat Project's aim is to offer young people the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence, thus enabling and empowering them to decide their own futures.

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I'm OK, You're OK!

I'm OK, You're OK! are a specialist service providing focussed counselling, well-being training and metal health support in Primary and Secondary schools as well as Colleges.

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Justo Development

Justo Development specialise in providing courses in veterinary physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals for veterinary MSK practitioners and nurses.

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K9 Hydro Services

K9 Hydro Services offer a range of accredited courses and CPD events in K9 hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

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Learndirect

London Examinations Board Limited

London Examinations Board promotes internationally recognised courses. They are primarily a distance learning provider, but recognise that not everyone is comfortable with distance learning and therefore has approved select colleges and institutions.

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National College of Technology

OakCAD launched in 1993 as a CAD Bureau, since then they have developed a comprehensive range of engineering and CAD training courses, which are deliver on our clients' premises or provide as distance learning courses.

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NCC Resources

NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years experience offering learning solutions.

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Nene Inspired Foundation CIO

Oakwood Home Learning

Oakwood Home Learning are a distance learning college specialising in a wide variety of online and paper based courses.

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Online Academies

Online Academies is one of the UK’s leading providers of such tuition with over 50,000 students currently enjoying their carefully chosen distance learning course.

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Open Study College

Open Study College have been helping people improve their career prospects for the last 8 years with their award-winning home study courses and tutor support.

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Oxford Home Study College

OHSC is the UK's leading specialist provider of distance learning professional courses. The college is a renowned global distance learning institute dedicated to providing accredited home study courses across the world.

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Oxford Learning College

Oxford Learning College is one of the world’s leading distance education providers. They work with our highly respected education partners to provide quality home study courses including A-Levels and Accredited Diplomas worldwide.

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Paradigm Campbell Associates

Paradigm Campbell Associates offer a high-quality, effective and professional range of support & educational services for organisations, employers, staff, HR officers, Occupational Health practitioners, union representatives and private individuals.

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Regent Academy

Regent Academy provide expert-created courses.

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Simply Changing

Simply Changing provide Accredited Coaching and NLP Programmes.

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Stonebridge Associated Colleges

Stonebridge College is one of the UK’s leading providers of such tuition with over 50,000 students currently enjoying their carefully chosen distance learning course.

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Study House

Study House is a leading UK provider of open and distance learning.

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The Blackford Centre

The Blackford Centre helps people achieve their real purpose in life. With over 30 distance learning courses, The Blackford Centre let's learners become the person they want to be.

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The Company of Community Organisers

COLtd is committed to ensuring that residents can act together to transform their communities for good and is leading on an ambitious programme to recruit and retain 3500 Community Organisers between 2017 and 2020.

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The Henley College

Since its creation in 1987, The Henley College has continued to serve as the sixth form of choice for four local partner schools.

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The Rock

The Rock work with young people from school years 6 to 11 (10-16 years) offering early intervention and re-engagement activities.

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Words for Wellbeing

Words for Wellbeing is led by Julie Walker, one of the founders of bibliotherapy in the UK.
They offer bespoke sessions working with people, digital innovation and training.

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WHAT I’M WONDERING IS…

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What is the Quality Licence Scheme?

Our Quality Licence Scheme recognises a provider’s commitment to high-quality courses in the non-regulated market by evaluating their quality processes and endorsing them. Our endorsement shows that the provider is committed to high quality and enables the providers to provide their learners with ABC Awards endorsed certificates and external recognition on the completion of their course.

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Is the course I am studying a recognised qualification?

The course you are studying is not regulated by Ofqual, the regulator for qualifications in England. The course you are studying has, however, been recognised as high-quality and meets the standards we set as part of our Quality Licence Scheme.
Your course provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example any progression routes into further or higher education, or any recognition from industry member bodies.

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How can I tell if a Provider is endorsed by ABC Awards?

ABC Awards gives permission for providers to use our Quality Licence Scheme logo, which they may display on their website or relevant documents. If you are unsure, please visit our Quality Licence Scheme information page where you can find an up-to-date list of current providers, or get in touch with a member of our team.

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Will I earn study credits that I can transfer to university or other further education?

There are no formal credit values involved in the unregulated courses provided by our Quality Licence Scheme Approved Providers. However, recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be determined by the educational institution where you wish to continue your studies, so you should contact them for further information about what learning is eligible for RPL.

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Do employers recognise unregulated courses?

Your course provider will be able to advise you on any employer or industry member body recognition they may have secured.

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I have seen a course being advertised which promises an ABC Awards Certificate of Achievement upon completion, however I haven’t been able to find this course on your website. How can I find out if this course if legit?

If you complete a course with a Quality Licence Scheme provider you will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards. This certificate shows you have completed the course but it is not a certificate for a regulated qualification.

If you would like to check that a provider is legitimately working with ABC Awards, please visit our Quality Licence Scheme information page where you can find an up-to-date list of current providers. The course is owned by the provider and not us, so you will not find it on our website.

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What is the Quality Licence Scheme?

Our Quality Licence Scheme recognises your commitment to high-quality courses in the non-regulated market by evaluating your quality processes and endorsing you as an organisation. This demonstrates to the people you work with that you are committed to delivering a high quality of learning and your learners are able to receive an ABC Awards endorsed certificate of achievement on completion of their course.

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Who can apply for the Quality Licence Scheme?

Organisations who are seeking recognition for the first time, or who wish to transfer their current non-regulated courses from another scheme, are able to apply to become Quality Licence Scheme Provider.

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Does the £2000 licence fee include VAT?

The licence fee and Certificates of Achievement are not subject to VAT.

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Is marketing of endorsed courses through partner organisations acceptable within the scheme?

Yes. Approved providers can inform us of any re-sellers of their courses during the application process to ensure that we can provide accurate information if we receive enquiries. Please note that the responsibility of re-sellers remains with the Provider.

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Is there an agreed form of wording that can be used when advertising and describing courses endorsed through the scheme, for example on a website?

Yes. We supply statements that you can build on for advertising your courses which explain the different roles of ABC Awards and the Provider. We regularly check Provider’s websites to ensure that there is no misrepresentation, and that it is clear to prospective learners how the scheme works.

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If our learners don’t understand the relationship between awarding organisations and Ofqual (the regulator), can you support us in explaining this to them?

Yes. We provide you with statements and information which explains the relationship to your learners, so they understand the difference between the regulated and non-regulated market. It is important to be clear that the courses endorsed through the scheme are not themselves regulated qualifications, so there is no relationship between the learner’s achievement and Ofqual.

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Can we issue our own certificate in addition to the one provided by ABC Awards?

Yes. However, it is important to note that only certificates issued by ABC Awards can use the Quality Licence Scheme logo.

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Are you able to provide an authorised sample certificate to show learners what they will receive on completion of their course?

Yes. We are able to share a sample certificate for you to use for marketing purposes and learner enquiries.

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What course levels can we register via the scheme?

You can register any level courses, but it is the provider’s responsibility to determine what the level is and demonstrate through the scheme’s audits that the level has been determined through effective and appropriate benchmarking.

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Can courses and unit summaries count towards recognition of prior learning (RPL) for regulated qualifications?

It is possible for courses and the unit summaries to count towards RPL, but this decision would be made by the training organisation who offers the regulated qualification.

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Will you provide guidance on the use of the ABC Awards logo when referring to the Quality Licence Scheme?

Yes. ABC Awards has a specific Quality Licence Scheme logo which can be used by providers. All providers will receive terms and conditions on how to use the logo and will need to sign an agreement that these have been understood. Providers are not permitted to use any other ABC Awards logos when referring to or advertising the Quality Licence Scheme.

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What is the process for gaining approval for new courses?

Approving new courses is a simple, timely process which does not attract any additional costs. If you are a Provider already registered to the Quality Licence Scheme, please call Colette on 0115 854 1399 for more information.

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Can guided learning hours be included on a learner’s Certificate of Achievement?

Guided learning hours, which indicate the time a typical learner would require in direct guidance to complete their programme of learning, are not included on the Certificate of Achievements and learner unit summaries. However, these documents do include key details relating to the course and we can provide you with an example to support your marketing and promotion of the courses.

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I am a sole trader and not an association or organisation. Can I still apply?

Yes. You will need to have evidence to confirm you are registered as self-employed and be able to demonstrate all criteria within the Quality Licence Scheme standard and guiding principles.

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I do not have a fixed place or centre for ABC Awards to visit, i.e. for distance learning, do you conduct visits to a home address?

The audits that we need to conduct as part of the scheme would be conducted at the location stated on your application form and where activity as identified in the standard and guiding principles is undertaken.

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Where can I find the policy documents?

Please visit: www.abcawards.co.uk/policies-and-procedures