Coronavirus Update for AHE Providers

UCAS extends January deadline for all applicants

Students applying to start university or college in 2021 have an additional two weeks to complete their applications, following announcements in the UK to close schools and colleges.

The UCAS January equal consideration deadline, the point by which the vast majority of applications are submitted has now been moved to Friday 29 January at 18:00 (UK time), to allow both students and their teachers and advisers additional time to complete applications and references.

UCAS Chief Executive, Clare Marchant, said: 'We have engaged widely with school leaders and admissions colleagues in universities and colleges as well as students and whilst the feedback is that the vast majority of students are on track with their applications, there is recognition of the significant demands on teachers' and advisers’ time as they move to online learning. This decision to extend the deadline is about relieving the pressure not only on students, but also teachers and advisers.

Coronavirus Update for AHE Providers - 6th January 2021: Third national lockdown QAA guidance and webinars

QAA have today issued information for Access to HE providers and students. Please note that the guidance confirms that there are no additional changes to the current quality assurance and regulatory arrangements planned for this academic year. QAA are hosting a series of webinars for provider staff and students which can be booked via their website. Please follow the links to the information and webinar booking sites below. I would also be grateful if you would make this information available for your students.

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We understand that these are challenging times for all staff and students. If you have any questions or require further clarification or support please don’t hesitate to contact your Lead Moderator or the Access to HE Team at One Awards

Operational Update on One Awards and the NOCN Group Qualifications and Services- Tuesday 5th January 2021

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 4 January regarding the third national lockdown, One Awards and the NOCN Group will continue to operate as we have done since September 2020.

Information for Access to HE Centres

One Awards are continuing to operate as we have since September in line with the QAA guidance ‘Arrangements for the Award and Assessment of the Access to HE Diploma 2020-21’. We will continue to support providers with adaptations as required and undertake all quality assurance activity remotely. QAA will be publishing guidance and information tomorrow (Wednesday 6th January) and offering information webinars for providers and students from the 7th January. We will continue to work closely with QAA and provide updates and information via email and on our website. If you have any queries or require support please contact your Lead Moderator or the One Awards Access Team –

COVID-19 – Access to HE Update - 28th September 2020: Guidance on the arrangements for the award and assessment of Access to HE Diplomas in 2020-21.

QAA have today (28.09.2020) published guidance on the arrangements for the award and assessment of Access to HE Diplomas in 2020-21, please follow the link below to the QAA website: Guidance for providers - 2020-21. As previously outlined, One Awards will continue to operate our usual quality assurance and moderation arrangements with adaptations as required.

QAA have also published the following statements:

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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

“One Awards' innovative results service has been a fantastic development for universities and allows us to check students' achievement immediately ourselves. This is an excellent service which means that we are able to confirm student places quickly and effectively without having to follow up with providers and students or wait for results to be sent on to us. This is because their certification turnaround time of less than two days allows One Awards to process student results almost as soon as the colleges/providers have provided the final verified results. This really does help us put students at the heart of our confirmation process”.

Jane Oswald, Assistant Director, Marketing & Student Recruitment
University of Sunderland