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What is Accreditation UK ?


Accreditation UK is a quality-assurance scheme that monitors UK schools, colleges and universities offering courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The scheme checks and improves the standards of providers' teaching, management, facilities and welfare provision. It is administered by English UK and the British Council.

Qualifications & Curriculam Development Agency (QCDA)

The QCDA maintained and developed the National Curriculum and associated assessments, tests and examinations, advising the minister formerly known as the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and later known as the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, on these matters. In May 2010 the Secretary of State announced his intention to promote legislation that would abolish QCDA. The newly formed Standards and Testing Agency took on the functions of the agency from 3 October 2011. The QCDA closed in March 2012.[1]
Link : www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/armslengthbodies/a00200461/qcda

Quality Assurance Agency For Higher Education (QAA)

QAA is the body entrusted with advising the Privy Council on which institutions should be granted degree awarding powers and the right to be called a university. Since 2011 QAA has been designated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to conduct educational oversight of higher education providers, to enable them to apply for 'highly trusted sponsor' status under UKBA Tier 4 regulations. Providers having, or acquiring, this status are entitled to recruit overseas students into the UK. QAA's mission to safeguard standards and improve quality is supported by four strategic aims, which may be summarised as follows: to address the needs of students and be valued by them; to safeguard standards in an increasingly diverse sector; to drive improvements; and to improve public understanding of UK higher education
Link : www.qaa.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC)

Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) is a private accreditation body based in the United Kingdom. It is one of the accreditation bodies recognized by the UK Border Agency,[1][2] permitting educational institutions with ASIC accreditation to sponsor Tier 4 immigrants to study in the UK.[3] ASIC states that its accreditation of international educational establishments "neither confers nor validates degree-awarding powers" and cautions prospective students to confirm that the awards granted by the educational institution have the level of recognition sufficient for their purposes
Link : www.asic.org.uk/

British Accreditation Council (BAC)

The British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education is an educational accreditation agency recognised by the British Government for international students entering the United Kingdom on student visitor visas.[1] The British Accreditation Council was established in 1984,[2] making it the oldest national independent accrediting body for non-EFL independent further and higher education providers in the UK. The British Accreditation Council inspects and accredits around 320 organisations within the UK and overseas.[14] An inspection of a private college assesses four main areas: • Management, Staffing and Administration • Teaching, Learning and Assessment • Student Welfare • Premises and Facilities
Link : www.educationat16.co.uk/en/british-accreditation

The Office For Standards In Education (Ofsted)

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) is the non-ministerial government department of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools In England (HMCI).[2] HMCI and Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools (HMI) are appointed by Order in Council and are thus office holders under the Crown. Though the inspectorate has existed since the mid-19th century, the office was reorganised under the Education (Schools) Act 1992, and is explicitly named in the Education and Inspections Act 2006. The services Ofsted inspects or regulates include: local services, childminding, child day care, children’s centres, children’s social care, CAFCASS, state schools, independent schools and teacher training providers, and colleges and learning and skills providers in England. It also monitors the work of the Independent Schools Inspectorate.[3] HMI are empowered and required to provide independent advice to the United Kingdom government and parliament on matters of policy and to publish an annual report to parliament on the quality of educational provision in England. The Education and Training Inspectorate in Northern Ireland, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education in Scotland, and Estyn in Wales perform similar functions within their education systems.
Link : www.ofsted.gov.uk/node/1940/

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),formerly the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, is a U.S. organization offering accreditation services to business programs focused on teaching and learning. Based in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City), ACBSP was created to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation by colleges and universities with business schools and programs.
Link : www.acbsp.org/

CHEA Recognition Standards (CHEA)

• Advance academic quality. Accreditors have a clear description of academic quality and clear expectations that the institutions or programs they accredit have processes to determine whether quality standards are being met.
• Demonstrate accountability. Accreditors have standards that call for institutions and programs to provide consistent, reliable information about academic quality and student achievement to foster continuing public confidence and investment.
• Encourage, where appropriate, self scrutiny and planning for change and needed improvement. Accreditors encourage self scrutiny for change and needed improvement through ongoing self-examination in institutions and programs.
• Employ appropriate and fair procedures in decision making. Accreditors maintain appropriate and fair organizational policies and procedures that include effective checks and balances.
• Demonstrate ongoing review of accreditation practice. Accreditors under take self scrutiny of their accrediting activities.
• Possess sufficient resources. Accreditors have and maintain predictable and stable resources.
Link : www.chea.org/pdf/chea-at-a-glance_2012.pdf/

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in "applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology".[1][2][3][4] The accreditation of these programs occurs mainly in the United States but also internationally. As of October 2012, around 3,278 programs are accredited, distributed over more than 670 universities and colleges in 23 countries.[1] ABET is the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET also provides leadership internationally through workshops, consultancies, memoranda of understanding, and mutual recognition agreements, such as the Washington Accord. ABET has been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) since 1997.
Link : www.abet.org/

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

: The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges is a private, non-profit organization in the United States that provides accreditation to post-secondary educational institutions. It is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an independent accrediting agency.[1] Established in 1965,[2] it is based in Arlington, Virginia. The U.S. Department of Education identifies the scope of ACCSC recognition as the accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering non-degree programs or associate,bachelor’s and master’s degrees in programs that are "predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and institutions that offer programs via distance education."[3] As of 2010, ACCSC reported that it extended accreditation to 789 schools with a combined enrolment of more than 250,000 students.[
Link : www.accsc.org/

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is a non-profit education corporation recognized by both the United States Secretary of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an independent and autonomous national accrediting body that accredits institutions of higher education offering programs of study through the master's degree level. ACICS is incorporated in Virginia and operates from offices in Washington, D.C. The scope of ACICS recognition by the Department of Education and CHEA is defined as accreditation of private post secondary institutions offering non degree programs o or associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in programs that are "designed to train and educate persons for professional, technical, or occupational careers."[1][2] As an accreditor for many for-profit colleges, ACICS provided information during U.S. Congressional investigations of for-profit education in 2010. ACICS reported that the institutions it accredits are required to demonstrate a student retention rate of at least 75 percent. [3] Retention rates are calculated within a single academic year.
Link : www.collegeatlas.org/acics.html

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

The Association of MBAs is a London-based international organization that accredits postgraduate business programs at business schools worldwide. The Association is one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education (see Triple Accreditation) and styles itself "the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education". It differs from AACSB in the US and EQUIS in Europe as it accredits a school's portfolio of postgraduate business programs rather than the entire business school. AMBA is the most international of the three organizations, having accredited schools based in 47 countries, compared with 42 for AACSB and 38 for EQUIS. As of January 2013, the Association of MBAs has accredited 201 business schools offering more than 700 different MBA, DBA and MBM programs in over 70 countries (including the 47 home countries of the 201 institutions). Thirty-nine of the AMBA-accredited schools are in the BRIC countries and 29 are in Latin America (See List of institutions accredited by AMBA). The Association has accredited only one business school in the United States as most top US schools do not meet its criterion for a minimum of three years of full-time work experience for all newly admitted MBA students.
Link : //www.mbaworld.com/accreditation

City and Guilds of London Institute (CGLI)

The City and Guilds of London Institute (City & Guilds) is a leading United Kingdom vocational education organisation. City & Guilds offers more than 500 qualifications over the whole range of industry sectors through 8500 colleges and training providers in 81 countries worldwide. Two million people every year start City & Guilds qualifications, which span all levels from basic skills to the highest standards of professional achievement (Honours, Master and Doctorate levels equivalent). Founded in 1878 by the City of London and 16 livery companies – the traditional guardians of work-based training – to develop a national system of technical education, City & Guilds has been operating under Royal Charter (RC117), granted by Queen Victoria, since 1900. The Prince of Wales later King Edward VII was then appointed the first President of the Institute.
Link : www.skillsdevelopment.org/aboutus/about_city__guilds.aspx#.UYOus6KSA-8

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA)

: The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (Irish Comhairle Curaclaim, Scrúdúcháin agus Mheasúnaithe) is an examination board in Northern Ireland. As well as setting examinations, the CCEA advises the Government on what should be taught in Northern Ireland's schools, and monitors the standard of qualifications and examinations in Northern Ireland. CCEA was established as a state body in 1994 and is based in Belfast. It replaced the Northern Ireland Schools Examination and Assessment Council and the Northern Ireland Schools Examination Council. Although CCEA is the only examination board based in Northern Ireland to award GCSE and A-level qualifications, schools in Northern Ireland can enter their students for examinations regulated by any UK Examinations Board. 70% of GCSE and 66% of GCE exams taken by students in Northern Ireland are set by CCEA.[citation needed] The remainder are set by the four English and Welsh awarding bodies. A small number of schools in England and Wales also use the CCEA examination board.
Link : www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/accreditation/

Council on Occupational Education (COE)

The Council on Occupational Education is national institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Originally founded in 1971 as a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the COE became a national accrediting agency in 1995. The Council on Occupational Education focuses on accreditation of non-degree-granting and applied associate degree-granting postsecondary career and technical education institutions.
Link : www.council.org/history-mission-core-values/

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. UKAS is independent of Government but is appointed as the national accreditation body by Accreditation Regulations 2009 (SI No 3155/2009) and the EU Regulation (EC) 765/2008 and operates under aMemorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. UKAS is licensed by BIS to use and confer the national accreditation symbols (formerly national accreditation marks) which symbolise Government recognition of the accreditation process. UKAS accreditation provides an assurance of the competence, impartiality and integrity of conformity assessment bodies. UKAS accredited certification, testing and calibration and inspection reduces the need for suppliers to be assessed by each of their customers. UKAS' involvement in international groups provides for mutual recognition which further reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers and as a consequence helps to reduce barriers to trade. It is therefore BIS policy to recommend the use of UKAS accredited conformity assessment services whenever this is an option.
Link : ukas.com//