NHS Registered Supplier of Educational Training Courses 

Ascentis Awarding Organisation and Access Validating Agency has announced the acquisition of AptEd Awarding Organisation and Access Validating Agency. The terms of the acquisition agreement and asset transfer have been formally approved by both the AptEd and Ascentis Boards and will come into effect from 1st November 2015.

Ascentis is a UK-based Awarding Organisation with a portfolio of user-friendly qualifications designed to meet the needs of all learners, from basic literacy and numeracy through to Access to Higher Education and professional teacher training. As a recognised charity, Ascentis is committed to the provision of clear progression routes that enable learners to climb the 'qualifications ladder' and achieve their lifelong aspirations.

Ascentis is recognised by both Ofqual and the Quality Assurance Agency (for HE) and its qualifications are eligible for funding under the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Its vocational qualifications have been developed in conjunction with the appropriate sector skills councils.

 Ascentis was originally established in 1975 as OCNW, a co-operative scheme between Universities and Colleges of Further Education. OCNW was the first ‘Open College’ in the UK and served the needs of its members for over 34 years. Throughout this period, OCNW grew yet maintained its independence in order that it could continue to respond to the requirements of its customers and provide a consistently high standard of service to all centres across the country and in recent years to its increasing cohorts of overseas learners. 



Other Online courses that we run are:

Tai Chi Bang Instructor Level 2

Fragrant Qigong Instructor Level 2

Shibashi Instructor Level 2

Shibashi Instructor Level 3 - Health Professionals

Tai Chi Foundation Instructor Level 3  (in conjunction with Master Jesse Tsao for Tai Chi Healthways accreditation)



Ba Duan Jin - 8 Strands of Brocade 

So what are the benefits of the 8 Strands of Brocade?
Research has been carried out using 8 Strands of Brocade Qigong. Some of the links to this information can be found below.

Bone Loss

Knee Arthritis

Improvement of blood fat levels in the older population 

 As you will see from the research that has been carried out, older people can gain numerous benefits from participating in this style of exercise. From a physical point of view, the exercises will help increase both fitness and stamina as they are both weight bearing and stretching exercises.