The Open & Distance Learning Quality Council


ODLQC was founded in 1969 as the Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges, becoming the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council in 1995.

Set up at the request of government, it continues to benefit from governmental support and cooperation, though it is now an independent body, and a registered charity.

Quality and Standards

The aim of the Council is to identify and enhance quality in education and training, and to protect the interests of learners.

The Standards set out the Council's definition of quality.    Open and distance learning providers who meet those standards are eligible to apply for accreditation by the Council.


Accreditation follows a rigorous assessment of a provider's administrative and tutorial methods, educational materials and publicity, to ensure that all Standards are met.

Once accredited, providers are monitored to ensure that students continue to receive good service and are re-assessed at least once every three years.


Council includes members drawn from professional and public bodies involved in education, chosen for their ability to contribute to the work of the Council and all highly qualified in their own particular fields