What is Recognised Certification? 

Recognised certification could describe any accredited Certificate. This could be a nationally accredited certificate award, a full QCF listed qualification or an industry specific certification program.

Accreditation from Industry Certification Programs: 

Industry Recognised certificates which have been created by the leading companies or 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 qualifications to cover their applications and skills for IT professionals, developers, office workers, home users, and technology trainers. Their exams can be sat in most countries around the World through registered Prometric, Pearson VUE or CertiPort testing centres.

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.

Accreditation from National Awarding Organisations: 

The majority of courses that we offer lead to accredited awards or qualifications issued through a national awarding body. All of the awards and qualifications are accredited according to the levels defined by The Qualification & Credit Framework (QCF) and the level itself identifies the level of difficulty that has been achieved. All accredited awards & qualifications will be set at a level equivalent to that listed on the QCF.

The QCF set out the levels against which an award or 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.
Any course that leads directly to a QCF Qualification will have (QCF) within the course name, e.g. Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF) - Level 2 Course.
Further information about Ofqual's Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/popups/explaining-qualifications/





No awards offered at this level

Level 1 Qualifications and Awards 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.


NCFE Level 2 Award
ABC Level 2 Award
NCFE Level 2 (QCF)
Open Awards level 2
BTEC Level 2

Level 2 Qualifications and Awards 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.


NCFE Level 3 Award
ABC Level 3 Award
NCFE Level 3 (QCF)
Open Awards level 3
BTEC Level 3

Level 3 Qualifications and Awards 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 3 Award
NCFE Level 4 Award

Level 4 Qualifications and Awards 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.

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 are now being adopted by an increasing number of 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 and are equivalent to a Level 2 (A*- C) and Level 1 (D- G) in Key Skills. (In Scotland, the equivalent is the Standard Grade). Pass grades are awarded on an A-G scale. There is a starred A (A*) awarded to pupils who have performed outstandingly well at this level.

A Level Qualifications

An A Level examination is a general certificate of education at advanced level in a particular subject. Candidates can achieve grades of A-E. The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level comprises the first three modules of an A Level course. It is, effectively, the first year of the A Level course. The standard required is that expected from students after one year of A Level study. Students may choose to take the AS modules in the first year of their course or take both the AS and A2 (second half) exams at the end. The AS Level is a qualification in its own right.

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Open Awards Certification

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 Awards & 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 Kendal Publishing, NCC Resources and UKDLP.

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Edexcel BTEC Awards & Qualifications

Edexcel is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

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ABC Awards

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework i.e. the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF).It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Courses have been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing and NCC Resources has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course 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.

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.

CIW Certification

CIW Certification

Distance Learning Centre is proud to be an official partner of CIW and the Official Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) v5 Certification Courses.
CIW comprises the world's fastest growing vendor-neutral Web technology education and certification programs for professionals. All CIW Certifications have now been adopted onto the UK Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) so on successful completion your qualification will 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 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.