May 2020

Digital Knowledge Quizzes

Test out your digital skills! READ MORE

Short Courses - Fit For Remote Learning

Our range of flexible short course qualifications can be delivered in a variety of learning environments and can help you support learner engagement and wellbeing. READ MORE

April 2020

L1 Award in Internet Safety with free learning resources

Our L1 Award in Internet Safety aims to help people safeguard themselves and others when using the internet. Free learning resources available! READ MORE

March 2020

Adapting Face to Face Courses for Remote Learning

We have created an interactive guide to help centres translate face-to-face courses into an online course. READ MORE

Awarding OCN London qualifications in summer 2020

Guidance to centres and learners on contingency arrangements and awarding of OCN London qualifications and accredited provision. READ MORE

Qualifications in Skills for Independence and Employability

Qualifications that address the diverse needs of Entry Level learners, including those with learning difficulties. READ MORE

February 2020

Qualifications with Low Or No Registrations

DfE are postponing the appeals process for qualifications with low publicly funded enrolments until next spring. READ MORE

January 2020

Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ)

OCN London’s Entry Level 3 and Level 1 Essential Digital Skills qualifications are currently undergoing technical evaluation by Ofqual. READ MORE

Re-Introduction of Bursaries for Student Nurses

Find out how our Access to HE Nursing diploma can help your learners benefit from the guaranteed, additional support pledged by the government. READ MORE

November 2019

2019 Access to HE Michael Sargent Bursary Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Access to HE Michael Sargent Bursary Award Winners and Runners Up! READ MORE

October 2019


The London Institute of Banking & Finance and OCN London have signed a progression agreement to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for OCN London Access to HE Diploma learners. READ MORE

September 2019


Goldsmiths, University of London have arranged a taster event for current Access to HE students interested in learning more about higher education. READ MORE

May 2019

Flexible Qualifications For Your Supported Learning Programmes

We offer a range of qualifications at Entry Level and Level 1 that will help prepare learners for independent living, supported or independent employment or further study. READ MORE

Short Courses

Qualifications to support learners’ personal development, resilience, employability, digital agility and career development. READ MORE

April 2019

Access to HE Provider Open Days

Open days are a great opportunity to find out more about the Access to HE Diploma and the courses and facilities available at colleges. READ MORE

January 2019

Ideas for your unused Adult Education Budget

Our new Pathways to Employment qualification packages are for adult learners looking to find out more about career path opportunities in a sector that interests them, gaining the insight needed to make informed decisions for their future. READ MORE

December 2018

Access to HE Michael Sargent Bursary Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our annual Michael Sargent Bursary Awards. The awards were presented at our ‘Celebrating Success and Supporting Access to HE for the Future’ event on 28th November 2018 in support of World Access to Higher Education Day. READ MORE

September 2018

New qualifications in Canine Hydrotherapy

Veterinary professionals and dog owners whose pets are undergoing rehabilitation will benefit from a suite of new qualifications in canine hydrotherapy which will ensure animal welfare and safety. READ MORE

Where are they now? Radio interviews with two Access to HE learners

Two of our former learners were interviewed on a London-based community radio station in August about their education journey and how the Access to HE Diploma has changed their lives. READ MORE

July 2018

Mini Awards in Self Development and Character Building

We’ve put together a suite of funded mini Awards that can be combined in different ways to provide a rich learning experience.

They cover Mental stamina, Discipline and staying safe, Confidence building, Health and wellbeing, Safeguarding and citizenship and Digital agility.

Money Management Training for Young People from the 'Life Money Action!' Project

Two hundred youth practitioners have been trained to support young adults with financial capability as part of an innovative programme developed by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services in partnership with OCN London. READ MORE

June 2018

How to Develop Emotional Resilience

Find out how our new Awards in Developing Emotional Resilience can help people working in stressful environments, notably in the health and social care sectors. READ MORE

May 2018

Learning at Work Week

The only week dedicated to learning in the workplace – run every year since 1999 by the Campaign for Learning. This year’s theme is Networked for Learning. OCN London is proud to be one of the sponsors. READ MORE

Mental Health Awareness Week

Organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The theme this year is Stress – one of the biggest contributors to poor mental health. Find out more about the week’s events READ MORE

April 2018

Qualifications in Safeguarding

Make sure that staff, learners and volunteers stay safe and understand the government’s safeguarding agenda requirements. READ MORE

March 2018

Former Access-to-HE Student Receives Prestigious Award

Joseph Butler, now a student at the London School of Economics, has won the prestigious Keith Fletcher Memorial Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement on his Access to HE Diploma. READ MORE

The Big Colour Clash

OCN London staff celebrating the Big Colour Clash day on 9 March to raise awareness and money for ovarian cancer. READ MORE

Students Train As Activists With Friends Of The Earth

Eleven colleges are offering their students the chance to train as activists and gain an OCN London Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning, as part of a programme run by the charity friends of the Friends of the Earth and the National Union of Students. So far, learners have campaigned for a more frequent bus service and a plastic-free college. READ MORE

January 2018

Brand New Funded Digital Skills Qualifications

We have developed four NEW qualifications in digital skills. These are designed to meet the needs of employers and ensure that people have the skills they need for the workplace. READ MORE

December 2017

Winners of the Learning At Work Week Impact Awards

The gaming company Jagex was the winner of the OCN London Impact Award for ‘Inspiring Learning for All’ that took place during Learning at Work Week in May. Runners up where the media company Global - one of the world’s leading media and entertainment groups – and Xero – an accounting software company. READ MORE

Looking for ways to spend your Adult Education Budget? Here are some ideas for short courses.

Pre-Access, Skills for Professions, British Values, Prevent, short courses. We have qualifications for all of these areas. READ MORE

November 2017

Partnership with BPP University

We have teamed up with the School of Health at BPP University - the UK’s only university solely dedicated to business and the professions - to develop bridging modules for adults who want to study health and social care. READ MORE

Why We All Need To Understand Mental Health

How has mental health become such a hot topic? And how much do you understand about mental health? READ MORE

Partnership with NSAFS

OCN London has teamed up with the National Skills Academy for Financial Services to develop a new award designed to help people manage their finances. READ MORE


Our Access to HE conference on 1 November was a huge success with presentations highlighting recent research on the decline in mature students in HE, with some solutions on how to address this. READ MORE

Supported Learning Qualifications

These qualifications have been designed to address the needs of people with learning difficulties and disabilities, helping them to develop skills to progress, gain confidence and live independently. READ MORE

October 2017

Age should not matter. How to address the worrying decline in mature learners in higher education

Over the past seven years the number of mature learners in higher education, defined as those aged 21 and over, has declined by 61 per cent. READ MORE


Looking to study an Access to HE course this academic year? It’s not too late. Some colleges still have places on course starting in either November 2017 or January 2018. READ MORE

September 2017

Barnet and Southgate College launch their brand new Telehealthcare London Marketplace

Barnet and Southgate College launch their brand new Telehealthcare London Marketplace on 4 October 2017 at their Southgate Campus. READ MORE

New logo for OCN London

OCN London has a new logo. As there have been so many changes here over the past decade we decided that we needed a more contemporary look that better reflects our key values of partnership and collaboration. READ MORE

August 2017

Inspiring stories of Access to HE learners

Four learners told their personal stories of studying on the Access to HE Diploma to The Guardian. READ MORE


Congratulations to all our learners who have achieved Access to Higher Education Diplomas and to our staff at OCN London who have sent out the certificates record time. READ MORE

July 2017


Schools and colleges need to show how they prepare learners for life in modern Britain in order to demonstrate to Ofsted that they have an understanding of fundamental British values. Find out more about a new qualification in British values and citizenship. READ MORE

June 2017


The world of football attracts great passion. Only the few will reach the heights as players, but our new qualification in football administration offers other opportunities to be part of this exciting world. READ MORE

Music Technology goes live

Music buffs with good IT skills can get started on a career in the music business with our new Entry Level Award in Music Technology. READ MORE

May 2017

What is the Prevent Duty?

The ‘Prevent’ duty charges all providers of education and training, along with charities, faith groups, law enforcement agencies and other organisations, to help stop people being drawn in into terrorism. OCN London has developed two awards to help colleges, schools and training providers to understand these duties. READ MORE

OCN London Supports Mental Health Awareness Week

Amid concerns about our ability to learn and talk about mental health, this Mental Health Awareness Week (8th – 14th May), OCN London would like to raise awareness of some of our ideas for short courses, developed using flexible qualifications. READ MORE

OCN London April e-newsletter

Here is our e-newsletter for April. READ MORE

April 2017

OCN London qualifications confirmed for funding 2017-18

SFA have today announced that qualifications currently eligible for funding will continue to be so in 2017 to 2018. So if you are drawing down SFA funding this year for OCN London qualifications, you can continue to do so in 2017-18. READ MORE

March 2017


On Monday 27 February, 200 people packed into a Parliamentary committee room to witness the launch of the Save Our Adult Education campaign. The aim is to highlight the crucial role that adult education plays, not just in meeting the skills needs of the economy, but also as a catalyst for social mobility. READ MORE

Catering for the 'Cappuccino Culture'

A new qualification for the catering, hospitality and tourism industry is helping to build knowledge and skills for people starting pop-up food stalls, running bijou hotels, creating dishes for people with food allergies and working as baristas in café and coffee bars … and lots more. READ MORE

Qualifications approved for Advanced Learner Loans in 2017-18

We are excited to announce the confirmation from SFA that our qualifications continue to attract Advanced Learner Loans in the 2017/18 academic year. READ MORE

January 2017

Customer survey results show we provide excellent service

We are proud of the customer service that we provide to all our centres. So it is wonderful to hear that 94% are ‘extremely satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of our customer service and responsiveness. READ MORE

January sale for training

Get a 15% discount on all training events in January, February and March if you book before 1 February. READ MORE

CBE for OCN London's Chair

Mark Malcomson, Chair of the OCN London board, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to adult education. READ MORE

December 2016

Enrol in new courses for Access to HE now!

If you would like to start your studies on an Access to Higher Education Diploma there are courses now recruiting to start in January or February 2017.
A number of Further Education Colleges are offering courses for learners aged 19+ wishing to start their studies on both Pre-Access courses and Access to HE Diplomas.

Read our November newsletter

Stories about Advanced Learners Loans, ideas for courses starting in January starts and news about qualifications coming soon. READ MORE

Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies

Our Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies is ideal for delivery as ‘taster' courses. It combines units from a range of vocational pathways with additional units in learning, employability numeracy and literacy. READ MORE

October 2016

Pre-Access qualifications - ideal for Spring starts!

We have a range of funded qualifications that support progression to an Access to HE Diploma. READ MORE

Become an OCN London Access to HE Moderator

We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic, motivated and attentive subject specialist moderators to contribute to the work of our Access to HE team. READ MORE

Winners of Learning at Work Week Impact Awards

We sponsored the ‘Inspiring learning for all’ category in the Learning at Work Week Impact awards, organised by the Campaign for Learning. READ MORE

Access to HE bursary award winners

Achievements in health and medicine dominated the Michael Sargent Bursary Awards at this years's Access to Higher Education conference on 12 October. READ MORE

Getting ready for academic study?

New this month two qualifications designed to provide a grounding in study skills for people who want to progress onto Level 3 courses - a Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Preparation for Academic Study READ MORE

September 2016

OCN London is seeking new Trustees

If you are a strategic leader and have a clear alignment with the vision, mission and values of OCN London, then we want to hear from you. READ MORE

August 2016

Qualifications for Pre Access

As Access to HE enrolments get under way this month there will inevitably be applicants who need further preparation in study skills, maths and English before starting the intensive Access programme. Find out more about how our Level 2 Skills for Further Study qualifications meet the needs of pre-Access learners. READ MORE

OCN London email will be down on August 23rd AM

We are rejigging our offices and there will be no email for a couple of hours on August 23rd. Some telephones will also be switched to voicemail. We anticipate everything to be up and running again in the PM. READ MORE

Teaching and learning materials available for new level 1 qualifications

We have developed a range of teaching materials for our new Level 1 qualifications which include unit content, a scheme of work, teaching resources and assessments. READ MORE

OCN London Access certificates sent out in record time!

Following Awards Boards the last batch of certificates were posted out to colleges on 1st August. This means that OCN London Access learners can now confirm their results to universities and colleges to secure their place on a higher education course. READ MORE

New Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework has been launched

This new framework, developed by Skills for Health, Health Education England (HEE) and Skills for Care sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in learning disability care. Find out more and how OCN London qualifications can help you to deliver the framework. READ MORE

July 2016


We have new qualifications in Prevent Duty Awareness, Prevention and Early Intervention in Domestic Abuse, Community Campaigning and several more coming soon. READ MORE

New Apprenticeships

We have developed new apprenticeships in Health, Business Administration and Customer Service. Find out about these and lots more new qualifications and those we are developing. READ MORE

Festival of skills

We teamed up with Croydon College and the Ministry of Defence to present a seminar at the Festival of Skills on 7 July showing how an international 'crisis' simulation can be used to inspire learners and teach them invaluable communication skills. READ MORE

May 2016


Apprenticeships offer people the opportunity to learn the skills they need to succeed whilst working and earning. The government is committed to the expansion of apprenticeships with a target of achieving three million new apprenticeship starts by 2020, so this is clearly a growth area. READ MORE


We have a range of Ofqual-approved qualifications for use in your staff development programme. If you register learners on any of these courses by 30 June 2016 you will be eligible for a discount of 20% of the total of those registrations. READ MORE


We are looking for entries for the Learning at Work Week Impact Award for ‘Inspiring Learning for All’. If you are a company or organisation that encourages people who would not normally be involved in learning in an inspiring way then we want to hear from you. Deadline for entries is 22 July 2016. READ MORE

April 2016

University success for our Bridging Skills learners

The first group of healthcare support workers to have completed our Bridging Skills for HE qualification have achieved their dream of studying nursing at university. READ MORE

Perfect for summer term staff CPD – new Level 3 Award in Technology for Teaching and Learning

Discover how to enhance your lessons and engage your learners using digital technology with our new Level 3 Award in Technology for Teaching and Learning. READ MORE

March 2016

Place your nominations for the Festival of Learning 2016 Awards

Nominations are now open for the Festival of Learning 2016 Awards. Formerly known as Adult Learners’ Week, the festival is a celebration of lifelong learning and the benefit of learning to society. READ MORE

OCN London staff raise money for Brain Tumour Research

Staff at OCN London donned a variety of eye-catching headwear for Wear A Hat Day (24 March) to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. READ MORE

Nominations now open for HE in London Student Award 2016

Do you have a learner moving on to higher education that deserves special recognition? Have they overcome barriers to succeed in their studies, made an outstanding contribution to your centre or continued to learn despite facing challenging circumstances? READ MORE

New Level 1 Skills for Professions qualifications, your learners’ passport to progression

We have extended our suite of popular Skills for professions qualifications to include a new collection at Level 1. READ MORE

February 2016

Fully funded for 2016-17. Our qualifications will continue to be funded for next year.

Following the publication of the Local Flexibilities list for 2016-17 by the SFA (Skills Funding Agency) we can confirm that the following qualifications will continue to be funded for the next academic year as part of the AEB (Adult Education Budget). READ MORE

New Bridging Skills for HE learner assessment guides now added to our suite of free e-assessment materials

We have added new learner assessment guides for the L3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for HE to our range of e-assessment materials. READ MORE

Ready to go! Short course packages ready for you to deliver right away

Are you looking to offer short courses for the remainder of this year? We have the answers with our new short course packages. READ MORE

More OCN London qualifications now eligible for Advanced Learner Loans

More of our national qualifications have been included in the 15/16 catalogue for Advanced Learner Loans. READ MORE

January 2016

New qualification - equip your teaching staff with essential skills in observing teaching and learning

Equip your staff with the essential tools required for successful teaching and learning observation with our new OCNLR Level 5 Award in Observing Teaching and Learning. READ MORE

IntoUniversity awarded OCN London Quality Mark

IntoUniversity, a charity that provides local learning centres to inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve, has been awarded the OCN London Quality Mark. READ MORE

Opportunities at OCN London – We are looking for a new Qualification and Product Development Officer. Applications now closed.

We have an exciting opportunity available to join our busy Qualification and Product Development Team. We are seeking a new Qualification and Product Development Officer to develop our new qualifications and to oversee all of our nationally regulated qualifications. READ MORE

Improve your performance and skills with our training courses

Get the assessment and verification training results you need with our courses for 2016. READ MORE