Rules of Combination

All Access to HE Diplomas follow strict QAA requirements in relation to diploma structure, management and quality assurance.

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

Each diploma is composed of a number of units with a level and credit value.Students must achieve 60 credits in total. 15 of the credits are from ungraded units and 45 are graded and are awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

All graded units must have academic content related to the subject title of the diploma and the academic content is defined by the learning outcomes. For a full copy of the QAA The Access to Higher Education Diploma Specification please click on the document title to download.

If you would like more information about approved rules of combination and unit lists offered by our providers, please speak to us at One Awards:

Jennie Lawson, Head of Quality:

John Earland, Access to HE Manager:

Alternatively call 0191 518 6550.

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