Accreditations and partnerships

As part of our commitment to excellence in teaching and continual quality improvement in the content we deliver on our courses, Arden University courses have achieved accreditation and certification from many of the UK’s most recognised and respected professional industry bodies, as well as having extensive industry links and memberships.

Accounting and Finance


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a powerful global presence within the accountancy profession, inspiring its members and students towards greater success and prosperity.

When a higher education degree course is accredited by the ACCA, that course has been assessed by the ACCA’s professional qualifications approvals team, and exemptions from future ACCA exams are awarded accordingly.

At Arden, our accounting courses offer ACCA exemptions. This means that students who go on to study ACCA after graduation will start their studies at the appropriate level, studying fewer ACCA papers than the standard 14 that make up the ACCA qualification.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is one of the most globally reputable organisations in professional accountancy. The institute works to provide continued professional development services, fund academic research, develop thought leadership, and monitor professional standards in the accountancy sector.

It also maintains a code of ethics for members and works with external tuition providers and assessment services to provide the best study and examination experiences possible for accounting students. CIMA currently has a network of more than 696,000 members, students, and professionals in management and public accounting.

Our Accounting courses offer exemptions from CIMA, meaning you will have to complete fewer than the 12 papers that make up the qualification.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a world-leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops, and supports chartered accountants and students around the world. At the end of 2020, it had over 189,000 members and students in 147 countries.

Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance course has nine exemptions from ICAEW, which means you’ll only need to complete six of the 15 exams on the qualification.

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The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)

The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) is a global association of investment professionals. The organisation offers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation to candidates that have successfully completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the CFA qualification.

Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholders apply their knowledge and skills in a wide range of positions throughout the global finance industry. Distinguished by their commitment to setting a higher standard of excellence, they are sought after as investment management professionals. The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme covers all CFA Level 1 knowledge domains, thereby allowing students to prepare for Level 1 of the CFA programme. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be ready to sit the CFA Level 1 exam, taking you one step closer to gaining the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.

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Our Accounting and Finance students will access to Bureau van Dijk throughout your studies. Bureau van Dijk is a leading publisher of business information specialising in private company data combined with software for research and analysis. It’s the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies, with information on more than 400 million companies across the globe and 41 million of these including detailed financial information.

Through this, you’ll be able to gain a holistic overview of different companies and how data can be used for better decision-making and increased efficiency. You can use the database to explore areas such as credit risk, compliance and financial crime, corporate finance, business development and strategy, and much more

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Business and Management



Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

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Many of our courses are accredited by the Institute of leadership and Management (ILM). On these courses you'll graduate with an ILM award alongside your degree.

The ILM is a professional membership body for leaders and managers, with a mission of inspiring great leadership through qualifications, training, and cutting-edge research. The institute is a globally recognised mark of quality for its members and provides valuable insights through its vast industry links and publications.

As an Arden student, you’ll have free membership to the ILM throughout your studies, giving you access to over a thousand comprehensive learning resources, including webinars, videos, leadership assessment tools, a dedicated e-learning tool, careers advice, and networking opportunities.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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Many of our courses are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On these courses you'll graduate with an ILM award alongside your degree.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with like-minded professionals across diverse sectors.

The CMI is the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy-making across the globe and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision-making.

You will have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of exclusive resources, mentoring services, and networking events.

Upon completion of one of Arden University’s CMI-accredited courses, you will be automatically awarded CMI Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) status. This recognises you have the skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a clear pathway to full Chartered Manager status.


Business Graduates Association (BGA)

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The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.

Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB)

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

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United Nations of Principles of Responsible Management Education (UNPRME)

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007. As a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, PRME equips today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow.
At Arden University our involvement in PRME will enable the sharing of best practice and networking with like-minded institutions who are pursuing a responsible management education system. We are already committed to developing leaders of the future who are the next entrepreneurs and who will contribute to society, economically, socially and environmentally. As well as this we develop our graduates so that they become global citizens and can lead effectively across cultures, promoting fairness and ethical working practices. We collaborate and communicate with stakeholders ensuring
that we are participating in social and responsible management of education within the sector. We engage in dialogue with others developing sustainable aspects of education and society through sharing research

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Advance HE

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Our PG Cert in Digital Education in Practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF), a comprehensive set of professional standards and guidelines for everyone involved in teaching and supporting learning in higher education. The PSF is the gold standard for all higher education teaching in the UK, ensuring your learning meets the highest industry standards.

Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with higher education institutions in the UK and across the world to improve higher education for staff, students, and society. One of the most important ways in which it does this is through awarding Fellowships. Advance HE award four different categories of Fellowship, which demonstrate a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. On successful completion of our Advance HE accredited course Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Education in Practice, students will be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of one of the four Descriptors of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and are eligible for Fellowship.

Health and Care


Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)

Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)
Validation of academic courses in public health by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), an independent and international non-profit organisation, ensures that curriculum and syllabus content adheres to European standards for contemporary courses, and aligns with the basic structure and core content required from programmes in the field.

The APHEA represents the five leading associations of public health in the European Region. It is committed to assuring and improving the quality of educational activities and training throughout the European Region and internationally. Validation by APHEA means that your qualification is recognised across the public health sector, and provides you with increased employment opportunities both at home and internationally.

NHS Leadership Academy

NHS Leadership Academy

The NHS Leadership Academy sits proudly within the NHS People Directorate, NHS England. The Academy aims to help everyone in the NHS discover their full leadership potential and achieve the highest standards in health and care. All Academy leadership programmes, lifelong learning and talent scheme offers are designed to deliver the NHS People Plan and People Promise.


Skills for Health

Skills for Health
Skills for Health is the UK's leading authority on skills and workforce development for the health sector. NHS and healthcare employers across the UK collaborate with Skills for Help to develop skills, roles, competencies, and strategies that provide better patient outcomes. They champion the entire workforce.

The Quality Mark is the UK’s benchmark for exceptional healthcare training and development. Being endorsed by the Quality Mark ensures that an organisation's training is world class, and has passed a rigorous review process of its delivery, strategy, and quality assurance practices.

Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)

Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)
This course is endorsed by the Institute of Health & Social Care Management, whose aim is to create a supportive professional body that is relevant in its activities and modern in its approach and who holds sector leaders in the NHS, social care, third sector and private healthcare amongst its members. The IHSCM works with Arden University to contribute to curriculum development and delivery. As an Arden student, you’ll become a student member of the Institute, giving you access to a diverse range of events, conferences, workshops and networks as well as opportunities for mentoring and coaching. You are also encouraged to apply for full membership of the Institute once you graduate from the course.

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Human Resource Management


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD)
Our MSc Strategic Human Resource Management is accredited by the CIPD at level 7.

The Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD), the leading professional body for HR professionals in the UK, and the second largest globally. This course is accredited by the CIPD, which sets the industry standards for human resource management and people development.

For Arden students, the cost of your CIPD membership is also included during your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources and networking events.

Arden graduates will also have the chance to upgrade their membership and become a prestigious Chartered Member (Chartered MCIPD), a mark of your pursuit of continuous professional development in the field of human resource management.


Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
This course is aligned with the SHRM, the world’s largest HR association with over 300,000 members in 165 countries, ensuring your degree is recognised in both your home country and countries worldwide.

MSc Strategic Human Resrouce Management course modules have been mapped to the SHRM requirements for membership. That means that upon completion of your degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for SHRM certification, an achievement that’s valued by employers worldwide.


Australian HR Institute (AHRI)

The Australian HR Institute (AHRI)

We are an organisational member of AHRI, allowing students to benefit from member-only products and services.

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Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest organisation for professional marketers and plays a key role in setting industry standards.

The CIM helps and supports its members at every stage of their marketing careers, helping you develop your marketing capabilities and keeping you informed about industry developments and employment opportunities across the sector – focusing on providing you with the ‘4Cs’ of CIM membership: Career, Capability, Community and Content.

The cost of your CIM Affiliate Membership is included while you are studying with us, which gives you access to all of these resources and more.

Digital Marketing Institute (DMI)

Digital Marketing Institute (DMI)
Highly acclaimed and globally recognised across the digital marketing sector, the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) is the gold standard in digital marketing certification and works to support today’s marketers in achieving their full professional potential.

The DMI partners with representatives from leading brands such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn to build a framework that bridges the digital skills gap, ensuring your curriculum is up-to-date and meets the real employability needs of the digital marketing industry.

While you’re studying your DMI accredited course with us, we’ll cover the cost of your student membership, giving you access to a wide range of valuable resources, including exclusive industry-focused short courses, webinars, articles, and toolkits, careers guidance, and networking opportunities with its 170,000+ global members.

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Project Management


Association for Project Management (APM)

Association for Project Management (APM)
The Association for Project Management (APM) is committed to developing and promoting excellence in project management. The organisation is the only chartered body for the profession and has over 30,000 members and 500 organisations participating in its partnership programmes.

Onn accredited courses, you'll receive student membership while you study with us. This is your gateway to discovering further training opportunities, free access to resources such as digital libraries and project case studies, and networking opportunities. As a student member, you'll receive a digital badge to display on your social media platforms, such as Linkedin.

Graduating with an APM-accredited degree tells employers that your knowledge meets the latest standards of the sector, helping enhance your future career options. It is also a fast-track route to full membership of the APM, which you can achieve after just 3 years of experience working in the industry.

Our BSc Project Management has also been awarded APM Recognised Assessment status, the first university to achieve this recognition for a BSc Project Management course.

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The Association for Business Psychology (ABP)

The Association for Business Psychology (ABP)
The Association for Business Psychology (ABP) works to provide information, training, and support for those interested in business psychology, to promote professional excellence, and to demonstrate the effective application and impact of business psychology in the workplace.

During your studies you’ll have free student membership with the ABP, giving you access to a wealth of professional resources, networking opportunities, careers advice, professional recognition and influence, as well as keeping you up-to-date with current trends and developments.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

The British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and membership
Many of Arden's Psychology degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society, which gives you eligibility for Graduate Membership for Chartered Membership, a requirement if you want to study various postgraduate courses and to become a fully Chartered Psychologist.

You’ll have free membership of the BPS as soon as you enrol with us, which opens up a number of fantastic opportunities and professional resources for you.

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Social Sciences



Campaign for Social Sciences

Campaign for Social Science
Arden University is a member of the Campaign for Social Science.

The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.

As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.

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Academic Affiliate


Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
To help support your academic journey, on relevant courses, Arden University pays for your student membership in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The IET is recognised globally as a hallmark of quality and professionalism and can help boost your prospects with tips, tools and techniques you’ll use for life. It is home to more than 154,000 engineering and technology professionals in 148 countries.

As a student member of the IET, you’ll have access to the student hub, which includes a digital library (IET’s research and intelligence resources), virtual library (thousands of online eBooks, eJournals, magazines, and reports),, and valuable mentoring opportunities.

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Supply Chain and Logistics



Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
On a CIPS-accredited degrees, your programme offers full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership. You’ll also have free membership to the CIPS throughout your studies, giving you access to a wealth of valuable academic and professional resources. These include the CIPS intelligence hub and Supply Management magazine, self-assessment tools, career and continued professional development support, and global networking opportunities. And you’ll have the opportunity to sit the CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply certificate free of charge, which is a prerequisite for Chartered Membership.

Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)

The Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Established in 1919, CILT is the leading professional body for those involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains worldwide. Bringing together the five distinct communities of Logistics & Freight Movement, People Mobility, Planning in Transport, Operations and Supply Chain Management and Sustainability & the Global Community, they provide specialist activities and multi-sector engagement through their associated forums and policy groups.

Having received accreditation from CILT, relevant programmes programme offer you full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership, helping speed along your Chartered Member status and aiding your career progression possibilities.

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Tourism Management Institute (TMI)

Tourism Management Institute (TMI)
The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) is the professional organisation for anyone working in tourism destination management, supporting professionals who promote and develop destinations across the UK, Europe, and worldwide. The TMI supports professionals throughout their careers by providing opportunities for professional networking and sharing knowledge and expertise in destination management.

On endorsed programmes, as an Arden student, you'll have free membership throughout the duration of your studies, giving you access to a wealth of industry resources, career development guidance, and the TMI job vacancy portal, as well as networking opportunities and professional recognition that will improve your career prospects.

In addition to this, once you graduate with a TMI recognised degree, you'll automatically be eligible for Associate membership of the TMI.

Institute of Travel & Tourism

Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)
The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) is the only membership organisation for travel and tourism professionals, suppliers, educators, and students across all sectors of the tourism sector. The institute's primary function is to elevate professional standards in the travel industry and to provide tourism organisations and professionals with support and guidance.

As Arden University is a member of ITT, you'll have free membership with the ITT throughout the duration of your studies. This provides you with access to a wealth of industry resources, continued education and training, careers advice, networking opportunities, and professional recognition that will improve your career prospects. In addition to this, you'll also have the opportunity to attend regular UK-based events and industry conferences.

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