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The Association of Distance Learning Colleges; Membership

We welcome enquiries about Membership of the Association from Providers of Home Study and Distance Learning programmes, based in the UK or working with students in this country.

To be eligible for membership providers must satisfy the association that their courses are suitable for students in the UK, that they provide effective tutorial support to their students and that they themselves are of good standing with a proven track record.

Code of Ethics

All member colleges must agree to comply with our Code of Ethics. This guarantees a high standard of service and integrity on the part of all Colleges.

The Association’s logo on your web pages and promotional material gives potential students an assurance of quality and fair dealing. In the event of queries or complaints the Association can provide a useful arbitration service.


Our website includes a page for each Member College, lists of available courses and their providers, and links to members’ own websites. The Association is active on social media, promoting its services and ethos and copying and retweeting Members’ posts.

Public relations

We respond to issues raised in the media, and generally seek to raise the profile of correspondence education and keep it in the public eye.


The Association provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on distance learning.

We have an annual meeting in London, and all Members are welcome to attend the regular Council meetings. Members can also seek advice by telephone or email.

Signatory membership

Signatory Membership is designed to assist to new, developing companies, who agree to abide by our Code of Ethics for a period during their early stages before they are accepted as full members. Signatory Members only need to demonstrate that they are developing acceptable courses and that systems are being put in place to provide tutorial services to their potential students. Benefits for them will be to be able to show on their website a logo indicating that they are signatories to the Association’s Code of Ethics, an explanatory note on our website of who they are and what they are offering whilst moving towards full membership, and the help and guidance that the Association can give them during this time.


The cost of membership of our Association varies according to the size of the college and its fee income.

Membership runs from 1 February to 31 January each year.

For further details please contact us:

Take a look at our Members’ Brochure, and down load your Membership Pack or Signatory Membership Pack, including application forms, here –

ADLC Membership

Setting Ethical Standards in Distance Learning

ADLC Signatory Membership pack


Write to us:

The Association of Distance
Learning Colleges

PO Box 17926
W19 3WB

Phone us:
020 8544 9559

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