About ONE Awards

One Awards' mission is to support learning and widen opportunity by recognising achievement through credit-based courses and qualifications.

One Awards is a Quality Assurance and Accreditation organisation offering accreditation services, Access to HE Diplomas, and delivering services on behalf of NOCN, a leading UK Awarding and Assessment Organisation which has created opportunities for students and learners for 30 years. NOCN qualifications are specifically designed to enable learners to achieve their individual goals and meet the growing challenges and demands of the 21st century. If you would like to know more about NOCN please visit the NOCN section of our website.

One Awards is an Access Validating Agency, licensed by QAA (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) to accredit the QAA Access to HE Diploma. The Diploma is one of the main routes for adults wishing to apply for university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As well as approving organisations to deliver the Access to HE Diploma, we also actively engage with QAA, UCAS and other agencies to contribute to the development of the Diploma nationally. If you would like to know more about our AVA work please visit the Access to HE section of our website.

We are a not-for-profit charitable company and invest our resources into continuously developing our products and services.

Our track record speaks for itself. For 24 years we have been offering a seamless learning accreditation service that is highly valued by our recognised centres and learners. We’re vibrant, responsive and unashamedly proud of our established reputation for excellent customer service.

One Awards is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity (company number 4042215; charity number 1087530).

Who We Work With

NOCN qualifications and One Awards accredited units are delivered by an extensive range of learning providers including:

  • Adult and Community Education Centres
  • Employers
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Local Education Authorities
  • Offender Learning Providers and Prisons
  • Pupil Reintegration Units (PRU)
  • Schools
  • Sixth Form Colleges
  • Trade Unions
  • Training Providers
  • Universities and Higher Education Institutions
  • Voluntary and Community Organisations

Our Values


We act with integrity, are open, trustworthy and transparent in our practices and procedures.Our approach is inclusive, rigorous, fair and objective and we make judgements based on sound evidence and ethical principles.

Customer Centred

We aim to build lasting relationships with our customers by listening, being honest, respectful and approachable in all we do.All of our decisions are taken with our customers in mind.Our staff are customer focused and are able to offer flexible solutions to meet their needs.

Outcomes Focused

We create solutions in a supportive and responsive way by carefully listening to our customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations.Our way of working is collaborative and timely, focused on a quick response and a positive outcome.


We promote an innovative culture and attitude that enables us meet a diverse set of customer needs.Our approach encourages people to think differently and to apply innovative thinking and creativity to everything we do. One Awards is a not for profit organisation; we invest our resources in continuously developing our products and services. One Awards is proud of its status as a registered charity, promoting charitable objectives.

Sunderland College has an excellent strong relationship with One Awards which has benefitted large numbers of students.

Nigel Harrett, Deputy Principal
Sunderland College