AQA Unit Accreditation Scheme

Learn2Horse and AQA UAS

Learn2Horse is an approved centre to deliver AQA units. It is currently £30 per year to register with  AQA UAS through Learn2Horse, which entitles you to enrol on as many AQA units (at the appropriate cost) per year. You must provide your full name, date of birth and addresss. Registration is available on the “products” page.

Each unit is set a a different level and you can choose those units that are most appropriate to you in terms of content and level, ranging from entry level to level 3. Entry is basic, aimed at total beginners, whereas level 3 is geared more at A Level standard.


The benefits

The units offered on the scheme have been approved by AQA UAS, and meet certain standards. When you have achieved you will receive an AQA UAS certificate for every unit you undertake, which are recognised throughout the UK. The more units you complete the more evidence of your ability and knowledge you will compile into your own personal portfolio. You can then use this portfolio to future employers to demonstrate your current standards.

How to achieve certification

In order to be awarded your certificate you must meet the outcomes that are outlined within each individual unit. All assessments must be completed and sent to the instructor to be marked. The instructor will put all your work into a small poartfolio which will be used as evidence for the visiting moderator.

Once your award has been marked as meeting all outcomes, we apply ofr your certifcate, and then we will mail this directly to you.

About AQA

We are an independent education charity and the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. We set and mark the papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year.

Our qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in around 30 countries around the world. They are highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. Our qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs, A-levels, Tech-levels, the Extended Project Qualification and the AQA Baccalaureate.

Born out of five leading universities, we have over a century of qualifications expertise. Today, we employ more than 1,000 people and work with around 35,000 teachers, lecturers, subject experts and academics, who help set and mark our exams. We also work collaboratively with teachers to create resources that are designed around their day-to-day needs.

As an independent charity, our purpose is to advance education by enabling students and teachers to realise their potential. Any money we make through providing qualifications gets invested back into education. For example:

We are led by our Executive Board and governed by a Council of trustees drawn from schools, colleges, higher education, children’s services and the business community.

A brief history of UAS

UAS dates back to 1984 when the Northern Partnership for Records of Achievement (NPRA), a partnership between northern LEAs and the former Northern Examining Association (NEA), introduced the NPRA Unit Scheme.

The origins of UAS lay in the need for identifying short term targets for students, setting clear learning outcomes and ways of evidencing successful achievement, and providing rapid reward for successful achievement in terms of a statement of achievement.

Areas in which UAS was initially used included:

  • accrediting the achievements of a group of students who were disengaged from education yet who still could achieve short units of work;
  • accrediting a range of modular courses being developed at the time;
  • accrediting the wider achievements of all students (not done so by conventional examinations) as part of the recording achievement process.

Some of this work was linked to initiatives such as the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI) or Lower Achievers’ Projects.

Successful students received a personalised Statement of Achievement from the LEA, listing the skills and knowledge demonstrated. At the end of their course, students received a Letter of Credit giving the titles of all units achieved.

Some of the first units written were in practical activities like Home Maintenance, Rural Studies and PE and by the end of the 1980s, all 37 northern LEAs had become members of NPRA.

UAS has survived several mergers of examination boards and changes to the education system over the years and has spread, from its northern roots, to all areas of the country. It is now used in a wide variety of different organisations and in an amazingly diverse range of subjects/activities, eg Parkour/freerunning, maintaining a tenancy, creating a blog, organising a talent show, volunteering as a digital champion, using a Raspberry Pi … !

UAS was originally run by the northern CSE boards but was centralised at AQA’s Harrogate office in 1993 and now employs 10 staff.  There are also five Trainers who train new centres which want to join UAS, 36 Assessors who monitor delivery of UAS in centres, and two Scrutineers who check new units.

In the 2012/13 academic year, 1,386 centres were registered with UAS with 38,768 students achieving between them 128,321 units.

Our motto is ‘Achievement for All’ and this has been our driving force over the past 30 years.  We want everyone to be able to achieve, and be rewarded for this, no matter how small the achievement is, or what it is.

2015 © Learn2horse