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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

Quality Assurance

COVID-19: Centre Guidance Summer 2020: Extraordinary Regulatory Framework

We have developed comprehensive guidance for our Centres relating to our plans for awarding qualifications this Summer and all our affected Centres have been contacted directly with all the information required.  The guidance and all associated documentation is included in the downloads section of this page. 

The documents are:

  • RES GDe Centre Guidance
  • Adaption Guidance
  • Mitigation List
  • RES AQe CAG Record Form

Please contact us directly if any queries arise from this guidance.

We have also developed an FAQ document relating to assessment and evidence requirements which can be found here


Covid-19 - Specific Guidance for Centres offering First Aid qualifications

Centres offering First Aid qualifications must adhere to the following guidance issued by the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum:

  • FAAOF Covid Social Distancing Guidance V1
  • FAQP Covid Industry Statement 21/05/20

Both these guidance documents are included in the downloads section of this page. If you require any further guidance please contact your External Quality Assurer.


Recognised Centres must have effective quality management systems and processes in place to underpin the delivery of their Open College Network West Midlands provision.  To support our Centres, we offer a range of training courses relating to quality assurance processes, details of which can be found on our Training page.

Quality assurance processes will vary between centres according to what is appropriate in the particular situation. Practices that work in a large centre will not necessarily work in a small one; an employer-based provider may have different requirements from a college. 
Whatever the situation, our team of External Quality Advisors are on hand to support you to ensure your Qualiy Assurance processes are robust and fit for purpose.  We are required to monitor all our Recognised Centres to ensure:
  • The security of the award of credit through monitoring centre assessment arrangements and Internal Quality Assurance procedures, conducting the External Quality Assurance of learner portfolios, and facilitating standardisation activity;
  • that centre staffing, resources, management and administrative arrangements, policies and procedures meet Open College Network West Midlands’ centre recognition requirements;
  • that opportunities for Centres to develop or improve their current practice are identified and supported.
More information about specific aspects of Open College Network West Midlands’ quality assurance requirements can be found here:
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