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Are you ready to become a Recognised Centre?

If you don’t already work with us and have found a qualification that you wish to deliver, then you will need to follow an approval process which we call Centre Recognition. In the sections below we have provided some information that you may find useful when considering whether this approval is right for you.

If you have a general enquiry, please use the Contact Us form or if you are already a Recognised Centre and wish to apply for additional qualifications, please complete a Qualification approval application.

Before you start the centre recognition process, please ensure you are ready to provide the following information (more information on each item is provided below):

  • Your permanent address in England or Wales
  • Details of the qualification(s) you wish to deliver
  • An estimate of the numbers of learners you plan to recruit to each qualification
  • Your company number or charity number
  • Details of qualifications and experience of your tutors/assessors
  • Appropriately qualified Internal Quality Assurers

If you have all the above details, you are ready to begin the application process.

Start the Centre Recognition Application process


More detail to help you prepare

We have provided a little more information below to help ensure you’re ready to start the process. If you need to discuss anything further, please call us on 01206 911 211.

Getting ready for centre recognition
Are you are based in England or Wales?

Currently we can only work with organisations that have a permanent base in England or Wales. This base must be responsible for all quality assurance arrangements.

If you deliver internationally then, as well as having a base in England or Wales, we also require further details about how you intend to deliver these qualifications.

  • In which countries do you expect to deliver the qualifications?
  • Are you an existing approved qualification delivery centre of an awarding organisation? If so with which awarding organisation and in what subject and level?
  • How do you intend to deliver the qualifications? Will this be face to face traditional classroom delivery or on-line distance learning?
  • What are your quality arrangements for qualification delivery?
Do you know which qualifications you wish to offer?

We have a wide range of qualifications for you to choose from and you can search for qualifications based on level and sector. If you decide to seek approval, then you will need to specify qualifications as part of your application.

If you wish to deliver the Access to HE Diploma then you may find this article useful to read.

Do you know how many learners you have?

We typically find that if you are going to deliver the qualification to fewer than 20 learners then it may not be cost-effective for you to become a Recognised Centre in your own right. You may wish to find an organisation to partner with. The National Careers Service website can help when looking for training providers.

You may also wish to consider:

  • What are your plans for recruiting learners?
  • Do you have funding in place?
Do you know your company number or charity number?

We will need this in order to perform a credit check on all enquiries prior to the application stage.

Do you have appropriate staff in place, and can you supply details of their qualifications and experience?

You will need both a Tutor/Assessor and an Internal Quality Assurer (IQA). Please note that these must be different people as IQAs cannot quality assure their own work.

Tutors/Assessors are responsible for:

  • Delivering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for learners to successfully complete assessments for the qualifications they are delivering
  • Identifying when learners are ready to take assessments
  • Ensuring that appropriate supervision arrangements are made
  • Marking assessment tasks (where applicable)
  • Maintaining accurate and verifiable learner records.

Internal Quality Assurers are responsible for ensuring that:

  • Assessment setting and marking is appropriate, consistent, fair and transparent and does not discriminate against any learner
  • Tutor/Assessors receive on-going advice and support, for example in contextualising assessments
  • Learners clearly understand assessment requirements and are given opportunities to achieve against the assessment criteria
  • Learners’ work is presented in a manner that enables effective internal and external quality assurance to take place
  • Evidence of learner achievement is clearly mapped to the assessment criteria
  • Certification claims are valid, reliable and consistent.

IQAs will need to hold a recognised internal quality assurance/verification qualification or be working towards one, examples as follows:

  • D34 qualification
  • V1 qualification
  • Internal Verifier Award
  • Internal Verification of Credit-Based Learning: Continuing Professional Development for Practitioners Award
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.

You must provide staffing details including name, evidence of experience and qualifications such as a CV, and certifications as part of the qualification approval process for all levels.

What happens next?

If you have all the above details, you are ready to begin the application process by completing the short form on the website.

We will assign a member of the Business Development team to you who will provide support during the centre recognition process and on-going curriculum and development support.

Before Centre Recognition can be completed you will be visited by one of our External Quality Assurers (EQAs) at a time that is convenient to all.

An Annual Centre Fee is charged on approval and at the beginning of each academic year.

Start the Centre Recognition Application process