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The Open University

We are proud to have The Open University (OU) as our validating partner. The Open University was founded by Royal Charter in 1969. It has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching by supported open learning, for its research and for offering a university education to many students who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to study. The OU’s mission can be summarised thus: The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Institutional approval and OU validated awards are conferred under the OU’s Royal Charter. They are of comparable
standard to those made to students directly registered with the OU and other UK universities. The Open University validates our foundation degrees and BA Honours degrees.

Programmes/modules in our Foundation Degree and BA Hons Degree subject(s) have been developed and will be delivered by York College University Centre. They have been validated through a process of external peer review by The Open University as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to The Open University validated awards of:

BA (Hons) programmes in Acting for Stage and Screen (ALRA Endorsed); Fashion Design and Garment Technology; Graphic Communication and Design; Leading Children’s Development and Learning (Top-up), BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design (Top-up)

Foundation Degree programmes in Leading Children’s Development and Learning; Media Make-up, Special Effects, and Hair Design; and Digital Technologies (Cyber Security).


Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through education. They put the learner at the centre of everything they do, because wherever learning flourishes, so do people. Pearson are the chosen validation for our Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma qualifications.

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA)

Our BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen (ALRA Endorsed) programme is in partnerships with Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). Our partnership with ALRA means that our students will learn screen and acting techniques that draw upon ALRA’s expertise as the first drama school to have offered screen acting training in the UK.

Screen Yorkshire

Connected Campus is Screen Yorkshire's ground-breaking initiative to forge closer links between TV and film professionals, production companies, broadcasters and the students trying to break into this competitive industry.

By fostering stronger relationships between employers and educators, the aim is to ensure that students on a variety of vocational Film and TV-related courses are fully equipped for the demands of a contemporary, rapidly-changing industry – and that the region’s workforce is the most talented, versatile and best-prepared in the UK.

York College University Centre is part of Connected Campus, this means that students can access a range of boot camps, masterclasses and special events, including visits to current sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and reviews of project pitches.

The Connected Campus partnership is encouraged and supported by the broadcasters based in the region, including Channel 4, the BBC and ITV. Many of our higher education courses will benefit from this partnership.

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a specialist awarding and assessment organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors.

University of Huddersfield

Once named in the Times Higher Education Awards as the University of the Year, the University of Huddersfield now hosts around 20,000 students at its campus in central Huddersfield. York College is pleased to be a member of the University’s Education and Training Consortium. The Consortium is a unique partnership of further and higher education providers recognised across the UK. Our teacher training (CertEd/PGCE) students benefit from this award-winning university’s resources, experience and long-established reputation as national leaders in the field of teacher education for the lifelong learning sector. University of Huddersfield validate our PGCE and Cert.Ed teaching qualifications.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the Chartered Body for Management and Leadership. For over 70 years, they have worked with business and education to inspire people to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.

They are the only organisation that can award Chartered Manager status, the highest accolade for managers and leaders.

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

AAT are the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications.

Mindful Education

Mindful Education work closely with us to create new and innovative courses that meet the needs of students, government and industry. Mindful Education courses are delivered online and on campus as we recognise that the pace of everyday life is getting faster, which is why we’ve looked for new ways of teaching – ways that make it easier to study alongside work and other life commitments.

Skills & Education Group Awards

Skills & Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. Our Counselling courses are validated by Skills & Education Group Awards.

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