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CNAA Students

This page is for Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) award-holders only.

Please DO NOT apply on this website if you graduated from a former Polytechnic after 1992


The CNAA was the largest single degree-awarding body in the United Kingdom, operating from 1965-1992. However, not all awards offered by the, then, Polytechnics came under the CNAA (please see our FAQ for common exceptions). The Open University (OU) are able to provide verification of a CNAA award, however we cannot verify transcript information. The Open University (OU) maintains a digital archive of awards that were issued by the CNAA and are able to provide verification of a CNAA award by way of a pro forma (certificate-style document).  The fee for this service is £60 and the usual turnaround time is 10-15 working days. 

For UK addresses, pro formas will be sent via First Class post.  For anywhere else, they will be sent via Royal Mail's International Tracked & Signed service (full tracking not always available, depending on destination country). 

If you would like a PDF copy (in addition to the hard copy), please type '(PDF)' after your name on the application page.

We do not hold transcript information for CNAA awards.


Please make sure that you read the following before making an application:

We can also verify a CNAA award by letter or email (for the same fee).  Our default service is to produce a pro forma (certificate-style document), so please see our FAQ for details of how to apply for a letter or email of verification.

Online Application for CNAA Verification 

Studied directly with the OU

or want to verify an OU award?

OU Graduates: Please contact the Qualifications Centre via email and not apply on this website.
Third Parties: Please go to Prospects Hedd to complete a verification request. Please do not apply via the Validation Partnerships website.

Contact Awards and Aftercare

(CNAA & OU validated awards)

1st Floor, Wilson B Block
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom