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Awarding bodies

Westminster Adult Education Service is pleased to work with the following awarding bodies for accredited courses.

OCR is a leading UK awarding body. They provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes.  Their general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential. It is now Europe's largest assessment agency and operates in over 150 countries, playing a leading role in developing and delivering assessment across the world.

We offer OCR qualifications in the following subjects: Computing and IT, Business AdministrationCourses for those with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

City & Guilds develops programmes of learning, learning technology, certification and assessment, to support colleges, training providers and governments - reaching millions of people every year across five continents.

We offer City & Guilds qualifications in the following subjects: Computing and IT, Basic Skills, Business Administration, Childcare and teaching assistant courses, ESOL English, Floristry, Cookery, Health and Social Care, Hair and Make-up, Courses for those with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

VTCT, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom ever since. Their full qualification package includes Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Sport & Active Leisure, Hospitality & Catering, Business & Retail and Learning & Development.

We offer VTCT qualifications in the following subjects: Make-up

AIM Awards is a national awarding organisation, offering a large number of Ofqual regulated qualifications at different levels and in a wide range of subject areas. Their QCF qualifications are flexible enough to be delivered in a range of settings, from small providers to large colleges and the work place.

We offer AIM Awards qualifications in the following subjects: Basic Skills

Edexcel offers the widest range of learning programmes, from academic qualifications – such as the ‘gold standard’ GCEs (A levels) and GCSEs – vocational and business learning and adult literacy and numeracy qualifications. For over 25 years, they’ve championed work-related learning through BTECs and other vocational qualifications.

We offer Edexcel qualifications in the following subjects: Basic Skills, Business Administration, Ceramics, ESOL English, Fashion, Cookery, Glass-making, Graphic Design, Health and Social Care, Make-up, Photography, Courses for those with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, Video and Film, Visual Art.

The AAT Accounting Qualification is universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations such as Sainsbury’s, P&G, Morgan Stanley, the Ministry of Defence and many more continue to hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm, because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism.

We offer AAT qualifications in the following subjects: Accounting and Finance, Business Administration

Regulated by Ofqual, the IAB is both a government-approved and statutory supervisory body. Setting world-class standards, it offers students worldwide the chance to gain the very best financial qualifications – as well as lifelong skills.

We offer IAB qualifications in the following subjects: Business Administration

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and they are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector. They develop high quality vocational qualifications and write the syllabus based on the workforce development strategy for the sector, developing them jointly with employers.

We offer CACHE qualifications in the following subjects: Childcare and teaching assistant courses

ITC First Aid Ltd is an expanding recognised awarding body that develops qualifications and approves, supports and verifies the activity of ITC Centres delivering environment specific, well resourced, tailored first aid training to all sectors. They promote the training course and qualification programmes of ITC accredited Centres and provides a 'one stop shop' for members of the public looking for a recognised appropriate first aid qualification.

We offer ITC qualifications in the following subjects: Childcare

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related QCF qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

We offer NCFE qualifications in the following subjects: Distance Learning, Graphic Design, Visual Art.

Lifetime Awarding offers qualifications that engage learners and employers alike, including off-the-shelf, customised and fully bespoke qualifications across a growing number of sectors. Already leading the field with a unique risk based approach to assessment, Lifetime Awarding bring fresh excitement, vitality and passion to awarding.

We offer Lifetime Awarding qualifications in the following subjects: Distance Learning

ABC Awards is a leading national awarding organisation which has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications.  They are committed to developing qualifications which transform learners and organisations, providing the relevant skills, experience and confidence to excel.

We offer ABC qualifications in the following subjects: Cookery

SQA is an experienced awarding organisation with a global reputation for quality and service. They offer flexible qualifications and services that provide a range of opportunities for employers, training providers, professional bodies, awarding bodies, schools or colleges across the UK and internationally.

We offer SQA qualifications in the following subjects: Cookery

OCN London is a national qualification awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). With 25 years’ experience of accrediting courses for a wide range of centres, they are a market leader in the recognition of learner achievement through credit-based units and qualifications.

We offer OCN qualifications in the following subjects: Entrepreneurship and employment, Health and Social Care

CIEH provides over 60 certification qualification programmes which include food safety, health and safety, first aid, fire safety and environmental protection through a through a global network of over 10,000 registered trainers and training centres.

NOCN is a leading credit-based awarding organisation that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for over 25 years. They’re trusted and recognised by learners, educational organisations and employers. They create and develop quality, flexible qualifications for organisations that offer education and training to their students, members or staff.

We offer NOCN qualifications in the following subjects: Courses for those with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Open Awards is an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual with a range of qualifications from IT to Maritime Skills. They're an Access Validating Agency licensed by QAA. They designed the units and qualifications that are now the basis of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

We offer Open Awards qualifications in the following subjects: Courses for those with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

NPTC provides a wide range of land based qualifications.  They have a strong focus on short courses to deliver the specialist skills required for a certificate of Competence (CoC) qualification.  All their qualifications are developed with industry experts and employers to ensure that they support the skills needs of today's industry.

We offer NPTC qualifications in the following subjects: Floristry

Ascentis was originally established in 1975 as OCNW, a co-operative scheme between Universities and Colleges of Further Education. OCNW was the first ‘Open College’ in the UK and served the needs of its members for over 34 years.

We offer Ascentis qualifications in the following subjects: ESOL

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