Customised Award

Our Customised Award service is designed to accredit one or two courses that fall outside of NCFE's national portfolio of qualifications.

It allows you to gain accreditation from a national Awarding Organisation, providing you with the support to ensure your courses are of a high standard.

Customised Awards are written and owned by you, not NCFE, so although we won’t advertise your courses, we’re happy for you to market them by referring to NCFE accreditation. You can also use our logo on any learning materials; and we’ll include your logo on the certificates we award to your people.

So why choose Customised Awards?

We’ll evaluate, review and provide advice about your existing course to identify how NCFE can support you to develop the course.

Our Accreditation team will provide expert feedback about how you can enhance your course into a specification that has measurable learning outcomes and assessment criteria; and has been benchmarked against the national framework to reach awarding organisation standards.

Need some advice?

Getting started with NCFE couldn’t be easier. There’s a user guide that takes you through the process from application to certification and you can access the application forms too. We also have Instructions for Writing Units for Bespoke Courses to help you develop your course(s).

Customised Award Fees

The Customised Award fees structure consists of a Customised Award Review Fee followed by an Annual Accreditation Fee and a combined registration and certification fee per learner.

An additional fee is applicable under our Customised Award service. The standard fees will apply for first and second reviews, but there will be a reduced fee for any third and fourth reviews that are needed. This is set at half the cost of first and second reviews. So for example, the cost of a first and second review of 1-5 units would be £500, and this would then reduce to £250 for a third and fourth review.

Customised Award Review Fee


First and second review

Third and fourth review
















Annual Accreditation Fee


Combined Registration and Certification

£11 per learner

Materially Different

When we review your course we’ll look at your reasons for developing it, including why our existing NCFE regulated qualifications don’t meet your needs and we will also check if your course is materially different to one of NCFE’s regulated qualifications. The purpose of the materially different check is for us to be sure that your course is not similar to one of our regulated qualifications.  We will check that the knowledge, skills and assessment(s) are different to any of our regulated qualifications.  This helps to ensure that learners would not consider this as an NCFE owned and regulated qualification.

And so we would expect that you would check that your qualification is not similar to another regulated qualification.  If you need any advice on this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Applying for your Customised Award

You can now apply for your Customised Award online!

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