What is Recognised Certification?

Recognised certification could describe any accredited certification or qualification. This could be an accredited Certificate of Achievement issued through a UK awarding body, an Ofqual regulated qualification, or an industry specific certification program.

Whether a certificate is recognised is largely dependent on what you are using it for and who you are applying to. If you are applying for a particular job or for further education, then they may have very specific prerequisites which should be researched prior to enrolment.

Some job roles (e.g. Teaching Assistant, Health Care Worker or Child Care Assistant) will require a specific Ofqual regulated qualification and we always advise researching job roles prior to starting a course to make sure it is suitable for your needs.

Accreditation issued by UK Awarding Organisations:

The majority of courses that we offer lead to "Accredited Certificates of Achievement" or "Ofqual Regulated Qualifications" issued through a UK awarding body. All of the awards and qualifications are accredited according to the levels defined by The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the level itself identifies the level of difficulty that has been achieved. All accredited Certificates of Achievement and Qualifications will be set at a level listed on the RQF.

The RQF sets the level against which a qualification can be recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The frameworks are maintained by the three regulatory authorities, the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland..

Please Note: Any course that leads directly to an Ofqual Regulated Qualification will have (RQF) within the course name, e.g. Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools - Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course.

Further information about Ofqual's Qualification descriptors can be found here: What Qualification Levels Mean.





CACHE Level 1 (QCF)

Level 1 Awards and Qualifications recognise basic knowledge and skills and the ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision. Learning at this level is about activities which mostly relate to everyday situations and may be linked to job competence.


ABC Level 2 Certificate of Achievement
NCFE Level 2 Award
NCFE Level 2 (RQF)
Open Awards (RQF)
CACHE Level 2 (RQF)
TQUK Level 2 (RQF)

Level 2 Certificates of Achievement and Qualifications recognise the ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of a subject area of work or study, and to perform varied tasks with some guidance or supervision. Learning at this level involves building knowledge and/or skills in relation to an area of work or a subject area and is appropriate for many job roles.


ABC Level 3 Certificate of Achievement
Open Awards Level 3 Certificate of Achievement
NCFE Level 3 Certificate of Achievement
NCFE Level 3 (RQF)
CACHE Level 3 (RQF)
TQUK Level 3 (RQF)
IQ Level 3 (RQF)

Level 3 Certificates of Achievement and Qualifications recognise the ability to gain, and where relevant apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. Learning at this level involves obtaining detailed knowledge and skills. It is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, people working independently, or in some areas supervising and training others in their field of work.


ABC Level 4 Certificate of Achievement
Open Awards Level 4 Certificate of Achievement
NCFE Level 4 Certificate of Achievement

Level 4 Certificates of Achievement recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study. Learning at this level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others.


Types of Awards and Qualifications

GCSE & IGCSE Qualifications
GCSE stands for the General Certificate of Secondary Education and is an academic qualification awarded in a specified subject.
IGCSE is the International alternative to the GCSE and was designed as a secondary school qualification for pupils overseas but is now being adopted by an increasing number of independent schools and colleges in the UK in preference to the standard GCSE as they are predominantly exam-based.
GCSE's & IGCSE's are national curriculum examinations usually studied by students aged 14 to 16 in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but is open to all ages. The grading system used to be A* to G grade with A* to C being considered a pass, but a new 9 to 1 grading system was recently introduced.

A Level Qualifications

The A Level (or Advanced Level) qualification is the level above GCSE or IGCSE. Students can usually progress to A Level study after successfully completing 4 or 5 GCSE or IGCSE qualifications. They are highly valued by employers and universities so they can open up lots of doors to further study and careers. A pass is indicated by one of the five grades, A, B, C, D or E, where A (and A*) is the highest and E is the lowest. UCAS points are gained from A Level Qualifications and can be used for University applications. The amount of UCAS points gained would depend on the grades achieved at A Level. The AS Level is a separate qualification in its own right that covers the first half of a full A Level specification.

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Open Awards Certificate of Achievement

Distance Learning Centre has been recognised as a centre to deliver Open Awards Validated courses and qualifications. Open Awards qualifications are approved by the regulator, Ofqual. have been developed and endorsed by the relevant Sector Skills Council and are designed to meet the needs of learners and employers. The range of qualifications they offer are designed for learners who are seeking a stepping stone to their career, returning to learn or wishing to progress and build their skills and experience.


NCFE Certificates of Achievement & Qualifications

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE awards are offered in conjunction with NCC.

ABC Awards Certificate of Achievement

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 their 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. Course leading to an ABC Certificate of Achievement have been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme and will be delivered by either Kendal Publishing, NCC or O-S-C who have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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Ascentis Qualifications

Ascentis is a UK-based Awarding Organisation with a portfolio of user-friendly qualifications designed to meet the needs of all learners, from basic literacy and numeracy through to Access to Higher Education and professional teacher training. Ascentis is recognised by both Ofqual and the Quality Assurance Agency (for HE). NCC is a licensed Ascentis centre and provides successful students with a qualification.


TQUK Qualifications

Training Qualification UK are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. These courses are assessed by NCC, a licensed TQUK centre. TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award RQF courses in a number of sectors.

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IQ Qualifications

Industry Qualifications (IQ) is an Ofqual regulated awarding body which designs, develops and operates assessment schemes leading to qualifications for individuals. It was launched in 2011 to provide users and learners with the objective of achieving the highest levels of assessment integrity, customer service and sector engagement. These courses are assessed by ICT, a licensed centre for IQ qualifications.

DLC Diploma

Distance Learning Diploma of Completion

Distance Learning Centre Certificates are given on completion of courses which do not lead directly to accredited certification. The course assignments are marked by our expert team of Course Tutors and an appropriate grade is issued.


Accreditation from Industry Certification Programs:

Industry recognised certificates have been created by leading organisations within their specified sector. These certificates do not have the same set levels as nationally accredited certification as they have been created for a worldwide audience. For example Microsoft, Cisco, CIW, Adobe and nearly all large industry leaders have created their own certification program to cover their applications and skills. Their exams can be sat in most countries around the World through appropriate testing centres such as Prometric, Pearson Vue or Certiport.

For Example: CompTIA is the world's largest developer of vendor-neutral IT certification exams. Experts and industry leaders from the public and private sectors, including training, academia and government work with CompTIA to develop broad-based, entry level exams that validate an individual's IT skill set.

Types of Industry Specific Certification

CIW Certification

CIW Certification

Distance Learning Centre is proud to be an official partner of CIW and the Official Certified Internet Webmaster Certification Courses. CIW comprises the world's fastest growing vendor-neutral Web technology education and certification programs for professionals. Some CIW Certifications have also been adopted onto the UK Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) so on successful completion your qualification would be both industry-recognised and accepted as a UK qualification with credits.


CompTIA Certification

CompTIA specialise in providing qualifications like the A+, Network+, Server+, Security+ and Linux+. There are lots of reasons to get certified with CompTIA and we aim to make the process as simple as possible.

Cisco Certification

Cisco Certification

The widely respected IT certification programs available through Cisco Certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to network professionals, their managers, and the organisations that employ them.

Adobe Certification

Adobe Certification

It can be difficult to get ahead in today's market. To stand out and be noticed. More than ever, you need a clear and focused way to tell the world about your expertise. The solution? Become Adobe Certified. Adobe certification is an industry standard of excellence, and it's the absolute best way to communicate your proficiency in leading products from Adobe..

Microsoft Certification

Microsoft Certification

Microsoft offer many different industry recognised certification routes designed to meet the demand for qualified and knowledgeable people in the modern workplace. Qualifications include MOS, MCDST, MCP, MCSA and MCSE.