Accreditations and Affiliations

College of Birmingham (COB) operates to the highest academic standards and has multiple structures in place that ensure the standard of education provided to its students is of the highest quality. Below is a list of corporate bodies we belong to and associations we are a part of:


ATHE Recognition

Awards for Training and Higher Education provides centers with a wide variety of qualifications including, but not limited to; administration management, business, tourism, law, computing and health, and social care. ATHE has made a name for themselves with exceptional customer service, excellent quality standards and rewarding qualifications with progression routes to university degrees.

Qualifi Recognition (In progress)

As the recognized UK awarding organization regulated in England by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), Council for the Curriculum, Examinations, and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland and Qualifications Wales (QW), Qualifi can give assurances to registered centers and learners of consistent, rigorous, quality standards and valid, valued learning.

Investors in People

‘Investors in people’ is a standard for people management, offering accreditation to organizations that adhere to the Investors in People Standard. Investors in People assessments are conducted locally through local Delivery Centers across the UK and internationally. The current framework reflects the latest workplace trends, leading practices and employee conditions required to create outperforming teams. The latest framework focuses on three key areas: leading, supporting and improving. Within these sit nine performance indicators based on the features of organizations that consistently outperform industry norms.

OFQUAL Recognized Partnerships

All learning materials are designed and written by professional academic authors so that each interactive module is aligned against specific learning criteria specified by OFQUAL, The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. Online Business School works with OFQUAL recognized Awarding Organizations for the verification of our programs. These standards ensure those that learn with us receive a high quality education along with certification that is recognized universally by Universities and employers.

Partner University Qualifications

On completion of the final assignments, students are awarded a recognized Diploma qualification. This Diploma can be used to top up to a full undergraduate degree or MBA at a variety of UK universities, either on campus or by distance learning.
For more information on University Top Up options, click here.

Quality Monitoring Board

Online Business School also operates a Quality Monitoring Board (QMB) to ensure that we are always delivering accredited online courses and resources to meet your learning needs. This Board meets regularly to assess:

  • Specific student issues
  • Any quality issues for university partners
  • Monitoring of assessment standards
  • Monitoring of material content against learning outcomes
  • Specific operational issues as they affect quality and customer service

The Board Members include respected academic and business leaders. Outcomes of the reviews are shared online to ensure transparency and understanding amongst our partners and students. All feedback is welcomed so that issues can be formally raised via the QMB in a professional and objective manner.