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To be able to build career oriented higher education programs in Hospitality Business Management, AHA has secured a range of licenses and academic partnerships with professional awarding bodies and degree awarding institutions (universities).
This ‘network of value' creates a web of potential program configurations that can be actualized depending on the student preferences. Its specific features such as practical training, skill building, flexibility and international focus, maintains a perfect balance between the practice and the academic parts which we believe is critical for a successful career start in any service-related industry.


Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH)

AHA is a licensed CTH Teaching Center approved to deliver the following qualifications:

– Level 4 Diploma in Hospitality Management

– Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

– Level 6 Professional Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

– Level 7 Executive Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management


CTH is the UK’s leading specialist professional awarding body for qualifications in the growing hospitality and tourism sector.


Over the last 40 years, CTH has focused on developing and adding value to careers globally in the Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism industries. They now have a network of over two hundred Approved Teaching Centers worldwide delivering industry relevant CTH qualifications to thousands of new students each year.


Like any awarding body, CTH does not actually teach the qualifications themselves, they offer them to be taught and studied at the teaching centers that they approve. CTH is recognized and regulated by Ofqual, the regulator for qualifications, exams and tests in England. Ofqual’s work ensures that learners get the results they deserve and that the qualifications they receive count, both now and in the future.


Unless otherwise indicated, all CTH qualifications sit within the Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) that has replaced both the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and can be found on Ofqual’s Register of Regulated Qualifications.


Ministry of Labor and Social Protection

American Hotel Academy is licensed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, to deliver educational programs and to award the following certifications:


  • Hotel Director Diploma
  • Certificate of Entrepreneurship Competences

Degree Awarding Partners

University of Derby

The University of Derby is a modern university with a modern outlook. Everything we do is driven by delivering excellence and opportunities for our students, our staff and our region. Working in partnership with other institutions is fundamental to the way in which the University promotes participation in higher and further education and contributes to regional and global economic growth.


We are a leader in online education and have been for almost two decades. Here, at the University of Derby Online Learning, we have over 100 part-time courses specially designed for online study. We can help you to achieve more and be more in your professional and personal life.


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International Hospitality Business Management Top-Up is available to AHA students through a progression partnership between University of Derby, CTH and AHA.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Business and Management Top-Up is available to AHA students through a progression partnership between University of Derby, CTH and AHA.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

Anglia Ruskin is an innovative global university with students from 185 countries studying with us. We’re proud once again being named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world in The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022.


We’re made up of a diverse community with people from all backgrounds and different walks of life and it is in this diversity that we find our strength. Our people make us who we are, and we’re proud of what we have achieved together since gaining university status in 1992.


Our dedicated distance learning support team and expert tutors will support you every step of the way. With our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), accessible from your phone, tablet or computer you can access materials, study and engage with tutors and other distance learners from wherever you are.


The Online MBA (Master of Business Administration) with Advanced Standing is available to AHA students through a progression partnership between ARU and AHA.


This course is accredited by theChartered Management Institute (CMI).


Coventry University London (CUL)

We are located in the center of London’s financial district, just a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station – a key commuting hub. We are part of one of the largest providers of business-related degree courses in Europe. Our achievements are a clear indication that the University is consistently delivering quality across a number of key areas, including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, graduate job prospects, degree results achieved and more.


MSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management with Advanced Standing is available to AHA students through a progression partnership between CUL, CTH and AHA.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students who successfully pass the integrated CMI Module offered in this course on their way to achieving the full Coventry University qualification will be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership award and assigned the Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) status.

International Recognition of Diplomas and Awards

Qualification Levels – United Kingdom RQF compared to the European Union EQF

A common structure has been put in place for qualification systems as a translation device to make qualifications more readable and understandable across different countries, enabling learners, learning providers and employers to compare them, making it easier for students and graduates to transfer and get a job in various countries.


Most qualifications are organized in “levels” ranging from level 1 (end of the compulsory education) to level 8 (Doctorate). The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is.


In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, qualifications are divided into Higher Education Qualifications, which are on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and are awarded by bodies with degree awarding powers (such as universities), and Regulated Qualifications, which are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are accredited by Ofqual in England. The FHEQ corresponds with levels 4 to 8 of the RQF.


The EQF (European Qualifications Framework) is the common European reference framework that links EU countries’ qualification systems together. The EQF applies to all types of education, training and qualifications, from school education to academic, professional and vocational. The Romanian Qualifications Framework fully matches the EQF.


Due to the compatibility and mutual recognition, the UK national qualifications system under the RQF corresponds to the traditional British higher education system (FHEQ) and is fully compatible with the European education system according to the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and with the Romanian National Qualifications System (ROQF). Information in the table below presents the placement of knowledge, diplomas and certifications by level of education and qualification in the UK, EU and Romanian system.


Knowledge UK RQF (AHA) UK FHEQ ROQF EQF Qualification type – examples
Factual and theoretical knowledge in broad contexts within a field of work or study 3 3 4 4 Upper secondary school leaving certificate, A-level,
Comprehensive, specialized, factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of work or study and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge 4/5 4/5 5 5 Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree, Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, Short Cycle Education Certificate


Short cycle higher education

Advanced knowledge of a field of work or study, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles 6 6 6 6 Bachelor’s degree with Honours (BA Hons), bachelor’s degree without Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma


First cycle higher education

Highly specialized knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work or study, as the basis for original thinking and/or research

Critical awareness of knowledge issues in a field and at the interface between different fields

7 7 7 7 Master’s degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma





Second cycle higher education

Knowledge at the most advanced frontier of a field of work or study and at the interface between fields 8 8 8 8 Doctorate, PhD, Professional Doctorate


Third cycle of higher education

Qualification Credits - UK (England) Credits compared to EU ECTS Credits

The UK (England) credit framework can be used as the basis for the design of qualifications for Level 4 and above.


This table shows the credits attached to UK (England) University awards and their CTH equivalents, also when CTH awards are combined with UK (England) University awards and then their European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System (ECTS) credit equivalents.


Study Programme UK (England) Levels UK Credits ECTS Credits
UK (England) University bachelor’s degree with Honours 4, 5 and 6 360 180
UK CTH Undergraduate Diplomas combined 4, 5 and 6 360 180
UK CTH level 4 and 5 Undergraduate Diplomas plus UK (England) University bachelor’s degree with Honours (final year) 4, 5 and 6 360 180
UK CTH level 4, 5 and 6 Undergraduate Diplomas plus UK (England) University bachelor’s degree with Honours (final year)* 4, 5 and 6 420 210
UK University master’s degree 7 180 90
CTH Executive Diploma 7 120 60
CTH Executive Diploma plus Dissertation stage of UK University master’s degree* 7 180 90

*These are the diplomas and degrees that we offer, so that you can better understand where they stand compared to other study programs.