Who We Are

At Ascentis we are passionate about our people; committed to openness, honesty and trust; bound together by shared values. We are committed to rigorous quality assurance ensuring highest standards and performance. We promote a problem-solving culture with a 'can do' attitude that seeks to remove barriers to success. We are dedicated to fulfilling our customers' needs by providing a timely, responsive and inspiring service. We will deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.

Our Vision: Creating life changing opportunities for all.

Our Mission: To enable learning through innovative education and exceptional customer service.

‘Our skilled and dedicated staff are based nationwide and I believe passionately in our Mission and Vision.’

Phil Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer

What is an Awarding body?

Awarding bodies, awarding organisations and exam boards are all terms used to describe an organisation that develops, designs, and awards qualifications. These qualifications offer knowledge and skills measured by an assessment and quality assurance process. Awarding bodies are strictly regulated to ensure that the resources and qualifications they approve are to the highest standard. Ascentis are proud to be one of the UK’s top awarding bodies, offering our expertise in developing qualifications, to meet the needs of the employers and learners undertaking them. 

What qualifications does Ascentis offer?

Ascentis is an awarding body with a difference. Established in 1975 with the aim of improving people's lives, we create qualifications that are recognised and valued by employers across both national and international markets. Many of our qualifications are created in partnership with education providers and are designed to meet the needs of learners, enabling them to progress onto further study or work.

Ascentis offers a portfolio of user-friendly qualifications and has a flexible and learner-friendly ethos. Our Digital qualifications cover creating and editing, communicating and more. Our Access to HE qualifications are flexible to meet your needs. We also offer English and Maths and ESOL qualifications, as well as qualifications in specialist areas such as customer service, retail and estate agency. To find out more about Ascentis qualifications click here

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Ascentis helps change the lives of over 170,000 learners each year. Hear about why our staff love working for us, and why our customers love working with us.

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Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service Speaking about Ascentis English & Maths Stepping Stones

Ascentis has a fantastic suite of English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications which enable learners to focus on specific skills, build their confidence and progress onto further learning. This testimonial video features Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service who outline the benefits to them and their learners of using these qualifications.

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The City of Liverpool College Speaking about Ascentis Access to Higher Education

Access to HE with Ascentis - We Make a Difference. Watch our Testimonial and hear how it makes a difference to learners and the opportunities it brings.

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Best Practice People Speaking about Ascentis Short Online Qualifications

The Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are delivered in many centres across the UK and help to support learners’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Listen to Ascentis Customer, Best Practice People talk about how effective the Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are and how they successfully aid their NEET learners, improving skills and confidence in turn helping them secure employment.

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What our happy customers say

“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

Waltham Forest

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

Bradford College

“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

Brent Start

“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

Kensington & Chelsea College

21st Nov 2024

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