About ONE Awards

Our Mission: To provide a flexible range of accreditation to support learners to achieve their goals in life and work 

Our Vision: To be the leading Access Validating Agency for Access to HE and innovative, bespoke accreditation services

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. Since 1994 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

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“One Awards' innovative results service has been a fantastic development for universities and allows us to check students' achievement immediately ourselves. This is an excellent service which means that we are able to confirm student places quickly and effectively without having to follow up with providers and students or wait for results to be sent on to us. This is because their certification turnaround time of less than two days allows One Awards to process student results almost as soon as the colleges/providers have provided the final verified results. This really does help us put students at the heart of our confirmation process”.

Jane Oswald, Assistant Director, Marketing & Student Recruitment
University of Sunderland