Recognition & Memberships
Although the independent endorsement and recognition we have earned is reassuring, it is important to know that our courses focus on helping you learn as much as possible, as opposed to many that primarily focus on teaching you how to pass an exam. Ultimately, assessment and endorsement for many courses delivered by other providers, merely means you have met a set criteria of minimum standards with regards to learning and in doing so, the focus on learning is split between learning and qualifications: you actually learn less. ADL does not split focus. Our effort is almost entirely on helping you learn, which means learning is better; and ultimately the person who learns better is more successful than the one who might be endorsed as meeting minimum standards, but has learned less.
We believe that we achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning in your chosen discipline, that will empower you to succeed. This is because in the real world, the person who can demonstrate that they have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, will often be more successful than the one who might be endorsed as meeting minimum standards, but who in fact has only received a superficial understanding of the subject.
The Academy for Distance Learning is part of the ACS Global Network of colleges who have been offering educational courses since 1979. The quality of these courses command respect in academic circles within a range of disciplines in the UK, Australia and beyond. Many of our staff include world renowned academics from several countries, and it maintains active partnerships with respected institutions in several countries including Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Many of these affiliates are formally recognised by government education authorities in their respective countries.
ADL holds various forms of recognition and validation as detailed below:
TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation
ADL- Academy for Distance Learning, has been recognised as a centre by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK - an Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation). ADL's Approved Centre Number is: 1709318.
In addition to becoming a recognised centre ADL has had several of its courses endorsed by TQUK. This means that ADL has demonstrated to TQUK that it has the commitment and capacity to develop quality courses of learning for delivery to learners.
In order to maintain our Recognised Centre status, ADL is subject to yearly EV visits to ensure that we conform to, and are meeting the high standards demanded by TQUK.
Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programmes and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide. A number of our courses have already been endorsed by TQUK, with many others to follow.
RHS - Royal Horticultural Society
ADL is an RHS Qualifications Distance Learning Approved Provider offering RHS theory courses for levels II.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) had it's beginnings in 1804 in London, England. Originally called the Horticultural Society of London it achieved Royal Charter status in 1861. The Royal Horticultural Society today is recognised as "the world’s largest gardening charity". The purpose of the Society is for the "The encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches".
RHS qualifications are respected worldwide.
ACCPH - (Accredited Counselors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists)
is an independent self regulated UK professional body for qualified counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and clinical hypnotherapists. This body has accredited a number of ADL's - Academy for Distance Learning courses related to these disciplines. Accredited courses are shown with the ACCPH logo.
Our courses have been benchmarked against two other qualification systems; the FHEQ, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in the UK and the EQF, the European Qualifications Framework.
Due to the nature of these two systems, courses deemed to be of university study level will receive dual benchmarking against these two frameworks; courses deemed to be below this level will be benchmarked against the EQF only.
Academy for Distance Learning's qualifications are equivalent to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications - UK (FHEQ) and European Qualifications Framework (EQF) requirements:
TLHs = Total Learning Hours
Our courses have been benchmarked at the following levels:
Level 5, 100 TLHs - European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Level 4, 10 credits - UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
Level 5, 200 TLHs - European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Level 4, 10 credits UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
Level 5, 400 TLHs - European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Level 4, 40 credits - UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
Level 5, 600 TLHs - European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Level 5, 60 credits - UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
Level 6, 800 TLHs - European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Level 6, 80 credits - UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
Higher Advanced Diploma:
Level 6, 1200 TLHs - European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Level 6, 120 credits - UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
UKRLP - UK Register of Learning Providers
ADL is registered on the UK Register of Learning Providers under Registration Number 10031925.
ICO - Information Commissioners Office
ADL is registered and listed on the ICO register of data controllers. Registration reference no: Z2483784
FCA - Financial Conduct Authority
ADL is authorised by the FCA - Financial Conduct Authority to offer tuition fees by instalments. Our registration number is 622120
DWP (Department of Works and Pensions) UK
ADL is registered as an educational supplier for the procurement of courses with the DWP (Department of Works and Pensions) UK
IARC - International Accreditation and Recognition Council
The International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC) is a not-for-profit association. IARC focuses on ensuring quality and consistency of services provided by our members schools, colleges, universities and institutions. IARC actively works with those education establishments. Annual auditing and visits are examples of this. Recognition by IARC provides an assurance that a member institution has satisfied a set of academic, ethical and operational standards. IARC standards are unanimously agreed upon by the committee and membership assemblage. To find out more please click here.
The International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC) plays a role in ensuring the school’s quality standards relating to course content, delivery, assessment and administration are maintained. IARC's role as an independent recognition association gives reassurance the school has undergone checks relevant to the post-secondary education industry in general terms.
Whilst IARC is happy to be contacted to confirm the recognition status of members, IARC does not advise the suitability of courses. For course enquiries, IARC advises to contact the school directly. For further information on our accreditation or recognition with IARC, please see www.iarcedu.com
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
The Academy for Distance Learning is an ICB Accredited Training Centre. ICB is the largest bookkeeping Institute in the world. It's objectives are to promote and maintain the standards of bookkeeping as a profession, through the establishment of a series of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of memberships that recognise academic attainment, working experience and competence.
ICB qualifications are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculm Authority (QCA) and the regulatory authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland.
CMA - Complimentary Medical Association
The Complementary Medical Association is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the very highest standards of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. Complementary Medical Association Members are recognised as leaders in the field.
The CMA's primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession.
Through its membership and the National Collection Holders, the NCCPG seeks to rediscover and reintroduce cultivated plants by encouraging their propagation and distribution so that they are grown as widely as possible. The NCCPG works closely with other conservation bodies as well as botanic gardens, The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, The Royal Horticultural Society and many specialist horticultural societies.