Quality Standards and Accreditations

New Directions College is proud of our quality standards. We are fully accredited by Matrix, demonstrating our high quality information, advice and guidance. Furthermore, the College works with a growing number of national awarding organisations to accredit our regulated learning programmes and Apprenticeships. All of our accredited learning programmes will be recognised by employers and will help you to progress into further education and employment.

The College has highly commended quality standards and arrangements in place for internal verification of regulated and non-regulated learning programmes. We hold direct claim status with many awarding organisations and successfully and consistently pass annual assessments which judge our overall effectiveness for quality assurance.

Here is a snap shot of who the College works with to accredit learning programmes and to guarantee our education delivery and management of assessments and exams, including Apprenticeships and end point assessments, is of the highest quality.

Matrix Accreditation

New Directions College holds full and current Matrix Accreditation and is assessed annually against the standards. The matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance. The Department for Education supports the matrix Standard as the quality framework for accrediting information, advice and guidance contracts including the National Careers Service, its subcontractors and other services delivered on behalf of the Education Skills Funding Agency.

To understand the Matrix Accreditation further, you can download the detailed assessment criteria from the Matrix Website.

Society for Education and Training (SET) Membership

SET is the largest professional membership body for teachers and trainers across Further Education.  New Directions College has partnered with SET to offer professional membership to staff of New Directions College.

SET is the membership body of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). It offers our staff professional recognition, unlocks career potential and helps staff become the best teacher they can be.


New Directions College works with Ascentis, an award-winning provider of cutting edge qualifications for education, training and business in the UK and overseas. Ascentis is distinctive in that it is both an Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual and an Access Validating Agency for Access to Higher Education Diplomas, licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency.

The College uses Ascentis to accredit a range of qualifications which include ESOL, English & Maths, Teacher Training, Digital Learning, Apprenticeships, Progression and Short Online Qualifications.

City & Guilds

New Directions College is an approved centre to deliver a diverse range of accredited qualifications and Apprenticeship standards through City & Guilds. City & Guilds is one of the UKs most established awarding organisations and the College has a long standing partnership that has accredited ESOL, English & Maths, Teacher Training, Digital Learning, Early Years, Apprenticeships and employability programmes for many years.


New Directions College is an approved centre with Pearson. Pearson offers a full range of accredited qualifications such as BTECs. We work with Pearson to accredit our GCSE programmes and some of our Apprenticeship standards.

Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

ILM is the UK’s top leadership and management qualifications specialist and they develop more talented leaders than anyone else, giving them the skills to make a real difference in their organisation and beyond. New Directions College is an approved centre with ILM. All of our Leadership and Management Apprenticeships and college courses are accredited through ILM.


ncfe is a national awarding organisation. New Directions College is an approved centre with ncfe. The College accredits our online distance learning programmes with ncfe.

Joint Council for Qualifications

New Directions College is an approved exams centre, regulated by JCQ. We are assessed annually to ensure our centre is fully compliant with national exam regulations, including entries, centre management, access arrangements and reasonable adjustments and results.