ABMA for Learners

FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions and all the additional information you need to study with ABMA Education can be found here.

Learner FAQ’s

Is ABMA Education recognised by Ofqual?

ABMA Education (ABMA) is an awarding organisation based in the UK and recognised by Ofqual, the qualification regulator for England.

ABMA is also officially recognised or approved in regions in which we operate internationally and will continue to work closely with local accreditation bodies to ensure requirements and needs of ABMA learners, no matter where they study, are well looked after.

What is the difference between Professional and Regulated qualifications?

As an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation ABMA Education offers both Regulated and Professional qualifications.

Regulated qualifications appear on ‘The Ofqual Register’ in England and the certificates that learners will receive, will bear the Ofqual logo.

Our professional qualifications are qualifications that have been developed by ABMA Education which, although do not appear on Ofqual’s Register, are developed using the same industry experts and methodology as our regulated qualifications.

How long does it take to complete an ABMA Education qualification?

The length of study time will depend on whether you undertake the qualification full-time or part-time, and on the structure of classes available at your centre.

For details of centres in your area, please use our Find a Centre contact form. Once you have selected a centre they will be able to provide you with all the details you need to get started with your studies.

Does ABMA Education offer distance learning?

All ABMA Education qualifications are currently designed to be taught in a classroom environment, and so are not available for distance learning.

In order to undertake an ABMA Education qualification you would need to register with and study at an ABMA Education recognised centre. For details of centres in your area, please use our Find a Centre contact form.

Once you have selected a centre they will be able to provide you with all the details you need to get started with your studies.

Can I use my prior knowledge to get an exemption?

When you enrol at an ABMA Education recognised centre, they will assess your prior qualifications and employment history and discuss with you which level you are able to begin studying at.

You do not need to apply to be exempt from a whole level, as long as you are able to submit evidence to confirm your eligibility to study at that level. For further guidance on entry requirements please see this page.

You can also apply for exemptions from individual units in any of our qualifications. Please see our policy on exemptions available here for further information. You will  need to complete an Exemption Form, and pay the required fee to ABMA Education.

Your application will need to be submitted to ABMA Education by the ABMA co-ordinator at your centre, and will be reviewed once all required documentation and fees have been received.

What is the equivalent of an ABMA Education qualification?

ABMA Education qualifications are developed so that they fulfil the levelling requirements stipulated in the UK. By satisfying these requirements, it is also possible to map our qualifications across different national, international and higher education frameworks.

Please see our guide which should assist you in understanding the different levels of our qualifications, the demands expected of the learner at the different levels, and how our qualifications compare to established and recognised frameworks.

How do I get access to sample exam papers?

Sample examination papers are available in the Members Area.

Once you have registered with a centre you can also register for a login to this area to access past papers as well as other useful resources including the e-library.

Go to the Login page, click the Register a new account button and complete the form. You will then be sent your personal login details. To login go to the same page and use the Login to your account section to access the area.

How do I use the elibrary?

The e-library is accessed via the Members Area.

Once logged into the Members Area  click on the e-library button to get access.

A guide on how to use the e-library is available to download in the Guidelines section of the Members Area.

When can I expect to get my results?

ABMA Education aims to release results to centres 10-12 weeks after the examination materials are returned to our offices in the UK.

Please see our anticipated result release timeframes  which provides a guide for each series. Once results are available for release they will be sent directly to the ABMA Education co-ordinator at each centre who will then make arrangements to release these to learners. Also follow our social media feeds for announcements.

Please note that ABMA Education is unable to release results to learners or third parties via email or telephone for security reasons.

How do I pay my fees?

ABMA Education can accept payments for all of our services, including examination fees, by the following methods only. At this time we are unable to accept payment using any alternative methods.

At an ABMA Education recognised centre – If the learner is currently enrolled and studying at an ABMA Education recognised centre, payment can be made via that centre. For further information please contact the ABMA Education co-ordinator at the centre and they will be able to assist you further

Banker’s draft (cheque), these must be made payable to ABMA Education and delivered to our offices in the UK by courier. Once this has been despatched please ensure that you provide the tracking details by email to: info@abma.uk.com.

(Please note that banker’s drafts and cheques are now being phased out and in some countries are no longer available, please contact your bank directly for further information on this if required).

Western Union GlobalPay. To use this method you will need to complete the online form which will provide you with a number of currency options and quotes based on your country of residence. Once this has been completed you will be provided with details of how to complete the payment via Western Union GlobalPay which is done by bank transfer.

Please note that this service is different from the Western Union service available at retail outlets and you would not be able to process this payment through one of those outlets).

UK account holders. We are also able to accept payments on behalf of learners from a friend or family member in the UK. Any person that wishes to make payment from the UK will need to contact us directly via email (info@abma.uk.com) or telephone (+44 208 733 7000) and provide details of the learner they wish to make payment for. We will then be able to provide them with the necessary details to complete the payment.

Whichever payment method you choose, please ensure that you include all necessary details:

  • Learner’s full name,
  • ABMA recognised centre name,
  • ABMA student number 
  • which services are required

Unfortunately without this information we are unable to identify and process payments. If you require any further information or assistance regarding making payment please contact us via email (info@abma.uk.com) or telephone (+442087337000).

Does ABMA Education verify certificates?

ABMA Education is happy to verify our learners’ certificates and results; enquiries from employers or educational institutions can be sent directly to us via email (info@abma.uk.com).

Any verification request should include a copy of the learner’s certificate and/or result slip issued by ABMA Education. We will then review these documents and confirm whether or not the details match those in our records for the stated learner.

 Learners may also request for qualification verification letters to be provided directly to employers or educational institutions via email. This would include confirmation of the qualification completed and the overall grade awarded.

In order to request this, the learner will need to provide via email (info@abma.uk.com) the name of the institution or employer they are applying to as well as the name and email address of the appropriate contact person.

Can I get replacement certificates or result slips?

If your results documentation (certificates and result slips) have been lost or stolen, you can request replacement copies from ABMA Education.

The fees required for replacement results documentation can be found here.

In order to request replacement results documentation you will need to email us (info@abma.uk.com) and provide your full name, ABMA Education student number, the name of the centre that you attended, the qualification(s) you completed and the year that you examined so that we can locate your details in our records. Please also let us know which documents you need to have replaced and we will confirm the correct payment amount due.

 Once the required fees have been received the replacement documentation will be produced and despatched to your nearest ABMA recognised centre in the next delivery to them for you to collect. This process may take 10-12 weeks, however if you require the documentation more quickly you may wish to pay the additional express delivery fee, details of which can found here. If you are located outside of our normal delivery areas, you will also need to pay an additional fee, details of which can be found here.

Can I get a transcript?

Yes, you can request a full transcript which includes details of all grades issued to you by ABMA Education on one document.

Please note that the result slips issued to learners following each examination series should also act as transcripts as they detail all the grades awarded in that series, and therefore not all learners will require the full transcript.  The fee required for a full transcript can be found here.

In order to request a full transcript you will need to email us (info@abma.uk.com) and provide your full name, ABMA Education student number, the name of the centre that you attended, the qualification(s) you completed and the year(s) that you examined so that we can locate your details in our records.

Once the required fees have been received the transcript will be produced and despatched to your nearest ABMA recognised centre in the next delivery to them for you to collect. This process may take 10-12 weeks, however if you require the documentation more quickly you may wish to pay the additional express delivery fee, details of which can found here. If you are located outside of our normal delivery areas or the transcript needs to be sent directly to a verification body, you will also need to pay an additional delivery fee, details of which can be found here.

I need to change my name

We can make changes to any name that is spelled incorrectly in our records.

Please contact either the ABMA co-ordinator at your centre, or ABMA Education via email (info@abma.uk.com) if you need your name to be corrected in our records.

Please note that names are printed on examination and results documents as per the spelling and format submitted on the examination spreadsheet by each centre. ABMA Education will not amend any learner name without express instruction from the centre or learner.

 If your name is spelled incorrectly on any results documentation you will also need to request and make payment for replacement copies of the affected documents. The process for this can be seen above under ‘Can I get replacement certificates or result slips?’.

How do I enter for examinations?

You will need to contact the ABMA Co-ordinator at your centre in advance of the examination spreadsheet deadline for the series you wish to examine in, to request that your entry is included on the examination spreadsheet. All of our deadlines are available to view here.

Please note that we are only able to accept examination entries from our recognised centres and not directy to ABMA Education, and it is not possible to enter for ABMA Education examinations without first registering with and studying at a recognised centre. 

Once you have been entered for examinations, you will need to pay the required examination fees, details of which can be found here. Examination fees can be paid by any of the methods listed above under ‘How do I pay my fees?’, and must be received by the examination fee deadline for the series you are examining in.

Once all fees have been received and examination entries have been finalised, this will be confirmed with the ABMA Co-ordinator at your centre. Please ensure that you contact the ABMA Co-ordinator at your centre to confirm that your entry has been finalised, and arrange collection of your student card and/or slip if applicable, in advance of the start of the examinations.

What can I do after completing my ABMA Education studies?

Completing an ABMA qualification opens a great many doors not just to the world of work, but also exciting opportunities to continue your studies onto degree and masters level programmes. Details of progression opportunities can be found here.

ABMA Education is always happy to support our learners with qualification verification to support applications to educational institutions or employers.

Further information on how we can help can be found above under ‘Does ABMA Education verify certificates?’.

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