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Access to HE Diploma

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Access to HE Diploma is an exciting route to Higher Education and into a new career.

It is one of the main routes into Higher Education for adults and is part of the UCAS Tariff Point system. It is a highly flexible Level 3 qualification with a wide range of subject options and modes of study. The qualification also enables progression to a whole range of Level 4 programmes including higher apprenticeships. Students can apply for a place at a higher education institution using the usual UCAS application process with the majority successfully gaining a place at their chosen institution.

The Access to HE Diploma is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for students aged between 19 and 23 who meet the eligibility criteria and via the Advanced Learner Loan for those aged 19 and above who do not meet the ESFA criteria. However, this loan is written off by the Government when students complete their Higher Education course.

Benefits of the QAA Access to HE Diploma:

Life-changing for Students

Access to HE students go on to succeed at Higher Education and beyond, pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives they never thought possible.

Inspiring for Tutors

Tutors enjoy a hugely rewarding teaching experience working with highly motivated mature students to transform lives.

Perfect for Providers

The only Level 3 qualification eligible for an advanced learner loan write-off and appeals to those hard-to-reach learners with diplomas available in a wide range of subject areas.

Important for Stakeholders

Meets the widening participation agenda in Higher Education and progression into employment including progression to a myriad of undergraduate courses, HNC/HNDs and Higher Degree Apprenticeships.

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How is the Access to HE Diploma structured?

Each Diploma is composed of a number of units with a level and credit value. Students must achieve 60 credits in total. 15 credits are from ungraded units and 45 credits are from graded ones. The grades are determined as Pass, Merit and Distinction.

The overriding aim of all Diplomas is to prepare students for study at Higher Education.

Who offers Access to HE courses?

Access to HE courses are delivered by providers in England and Wales, and are available in a range of different subjects, such as nursing, social sciences, law, performing arts, computing, science and art and design.

One Awards works in partnership with Access to HE providers and HE Institutions to develop Access to HE Diplomas which meet the needs of students. We also offer providers an extensive programme of training and online resources to support delivery, assessment and quality assurance.