Accreditation and FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation and FAQ

Warnborough College (Ireland) is an independent college for adult education. It is self-regulating and awards degrees under its charter included in its incorporated Articles of Association (no. 264181).

Warnborough College is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) as a ‘Premier Institution’.  The Premier status means that we have surpassed the required standards in all relevant areas of the audit. ASIC sits on the Quality Standards Group of UK NARIC, and is one of the four UK approved accrediting bodies listed in the international directory by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).

Unlike USA Regional Accreditation, European accreditation is national, and accreditation bodies are listed by governments attesting to strict quality assurance at all levels. It is always recommended that you check with your employer or institution if they are happy to accept non US regional accreditation. Some of our programmes lead to dual awards from other institutions, and/or form pathways to degrees at established universities in the UK and beyond.

Accreditation and FAQ

Warnborough College adheres to the Principles of Best Practice for Cross-Border Higher Education as recommended by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the International Association of Universities (IAU), and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). There are also areas where we adopt frameworks from quality assurance bodies like the British QAA for our  Prior Experience and Learning (APEL).

Warnborough College is committed to quality assurance and peer review. Standards are monitored by ASIC, the Academic Board, and external assessors. Dissertations are examined by external examiners following European standards.

Our ‘sister institution’ was originally founded in Oxford in 1973 but is now based in the historic cathedral and university city of Canterbury. It offers a range of study abroad opportunities as well as programmes leading to degrees at British universities, taught onsite.

Warnborough College (UK) is separately accredited by ASIC as a ‘Premier College’ and holds various other accreditations pursuant to the programmes it offers.

It is a forum and alliance for colleges, universities, educators, faculty and all those interested in Further and  Higher Education, to discuss and debate issues pertinent to enhancing the industry. It is also a networking forum for international cooperation, partnerships, validations, student/faculty exchanges, study tours, and the funding for scholarships. If you or your institution would like to be a part of this, please email:

Yes. We will be pleased to put you in touch with someone in your area, where possible. Warnborough College has a very active Alumni Association useful for networking, fellowship, and support. Many are listed on Linkedin.

Accreditation and FAQ

All students study with their own mentor. We use the Socratic Method of one-to-one learning and inquiry. This style of learning is used at prestigious institutions such as the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. This is why our programmes are well-respected and noted for their rigour and academic quality.

Graduate scholars are appointed an expert (called a mentor) in their chosen field to work with them by email/telephone or face-to-face on an individual basis. Warnborough College students can access resources through our Online Learning System. There is a peer-buddy system for peer-to-peer support, and of course, all students have full back-up from our friendly administration and faculty.

Yes. We consider each application on its individual merits.  Warnborough College students may be eligible for advanced placement or exemptions based on previous academic and/or work experience. Often, advanced placement may mean that you could be allowed a shorter time frame to complete your program.

First day of any month. We have twelve (12) entry dates (Matriculation)  per year. You may apply ONLINE. For further information please call: IRELAND: +353 (0) 1 814 8670 or  UK: +44 (0) 44 1227 762107, or use our Contact Form.

You decide. Fees can be paid by credit card (secure online or in writing), telegraphic transfer, banker’s draft, or cashier’s cheque. We are no longer able to accept personal cheques. All students can work out their own Payment Plan to suit their budget needs.

Scholarships are available to all those 60 and over. Other scholarships are offered. YOU decide on your payment plan to meet your needs. For more information, click to our Financial Aid and Scholarships page. It is important to note that we do not currently provide full scholarships. Any awards would be partial and recipients will need to be able to fund the remainder of the fees.

We do not participate in Title IV, Stafford or other US-government loan schemes.

Accreditation and FAQ

You will need to  complete an official Warnborough College application form and submit it together with certain documents :

See our guidelines on how to apply for more information.

Warnborough College (Ireland) offers a range of programs and courses by distance learning, only. For face-to-face programmes, visit Warnborough College (UK): 

Yes. Warnborough is for Adult Learners. Warnborough College evaluates each application on an individual basis. Age is no barrier (our oldest student to date was 87 upon registration). We welcome applications from all those who are serious about furthering their education. Those aged 60 and over automatically receive a scholarship (terms and conditions apply).

Accreditation and FAQ

See more information on graduation.

Students may graduate in absentia and they may also attend a formal graduation where with regalia. Graduations may be held in the UK or overseas depending on the occassion, nationalities and numbers. Sometimes graduations are hosted by other universities. Academic Regalia may be obtained from Warnborough for a modest fee.

After graduation, you become an alumnus of the College. You should register and join the Warnborough Worldwide Alumni Association. Membership lets you keep up to date with what is happening in the world of Warnborough, and gives you opportunities to attend Warnborough College events and functions around the world. You also receive the monthly newsletter, and can help us develop the institution (and programs) further. Graduation doesn’t have to mean an end to your association with Warnborough and we would like to keep the relationship going.

No problem. We will be pleased to put you in touch with a former class or course mate. Do to privacy concerns, if you wish to contact a student through us, you will need to send an email, whereby we will try to contact the person in question. If they are interested in contacting you, we will give them your contact details and it will be up to them to make the first move. Warnborough students and Alumni are active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and other social networking sites.  Some of our successful alumni are profiled on our alumni site.  You can find many more alumni on LinkedIn.

As a student or graduate, you will have access to our WORLD database to manage your details.

NO. There is no mention of ‘Distance Learning’ on the qualification.

  • OXFORD MENTORING SYSTEM –  your individual mentor guides you at every level.
  • FOCUS ON YOUR NEEDS – high level of customisation on our programmes.
  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OR LEARNING – we can review your prior learning for advanced placement.
  • AFFORDABLESCHOLARSHIPS – you decide on your payment plan to meet your needs.
  • ACHIEVABLE – self-paced learning to suit your lifestsyle.
  • SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI – worldwide for networking and self-enhancement.
  • EASY START – first day of any month.

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