Coronavirus Update for AHE Providers

COVID-19 Access to HE Update - 12th April 2021: Update on the arrangements for the award of the Access to HE Diploma

QAA have issued a further update on the arrangements for the award of the Access to HE Diploma this summer. The guidance provides clarification for AVAs, providers and students on how to manage any exceptional cases where, following the implementation of all adaptations and flexibility measures, a student still cannot be assessed and may be awarded unit(s) that make up the Diploma through extenuation. The tutor/provider will draw upon either further adaptations to assessments or alternate lines of evidence to determine whether the unit can be awarded.

Please find below links to the updated guidance on the QAA website:

Information for providers

Information for students

These arrangements will be discussed during the forthcoming moderation sampling activities and any exceptional cases will be managed on a case-by-case basis. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact your Lead Moderator or Jennie Lawson, Head of Quality.

COVID-19 Access to HE Update - 2nd March 2021: QAA update statements for providers and students following the Ofqual announcements

In response to the release of information from Ofqual on 25 February, regarding the arrangements for the Award of GQs, VTQs and OGQs, QAA have released a communications update today for students and providers. Please follow the links below to the statements which can also be found in the updates section on the One Awards website:

QAA Access to HE statement for students:

QAA Access to HE statement for providers:

COVID-19 Access to HE Update - 12th February 2021:

The QAA FAQs relating to the pandemic for students and providers have been updated and are available on their website.

To confirm, the regulatory arrangements have not changed but the FAQs provide clarification in relation to questions asked by providers and students – please follow the links below:

For Providers:

For Students:

Reminder: If you are planning to make adaptations to assessment please complete the application for an adaptation to assessment form and return it to your Lead Moderator.

Application forms:

One Awards COVID-19 update page:

COVID-19 Access to HE Update - 26th January 2021: Flexibilities for providers supporting Access students during lockdown

Further to the Government announcement of the third lockdown and closure of schools and colleges we have collated the list of flexibilities which may inform your contingency plans for groups and individual students th link to this is below. Some of the suggested measures will not be appropriate for all or any students but it is important that all providers are aware of the options available in case they provide a solution for students facing particular challenges. 

Provider flexibilities for supporting Access students.pdf

QAA are currently facilitating weekly meetings with all AVAs which provide an opportunity to share information and so further measures and suggestions may be highlighted. We are also working directly with providers in relation to particular challenges and agreeing appropriate adaptations.  As further flexibilities and possible solutions come to light we will update the document linked above and re-circulate

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.

Information for providers:

Linked from:

Information for students:

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Webinar booking sites:
Student webinars:

Provider staff webinars:

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:

Access website:

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