QAA Arrangements for the Assessment and Award of the Access to HE Diploma 2021-22

QAA's response to recent government announcements regarding the Omicron variant: Arrangements for the award of the Access to HE Diploma - 13 December 2021

In light of recent government announcements regarding the Omicron variant of COVID-19, QAA will be reissuing the guidance on the arrangements for the assessment and award of Access to HE Diplomas which outline the safeguards in place against potential future disruption to student learning as a result of the pandemic. These can currently be found in the update section below (13th September 2021).

QAA are also offering further webinars for providers and students. Please click on the links below to book a place:

Tuesday 14th December 2021, 1.00-2.00pm

Wednesday 12th January 2022, 2.00pm-3.00pm

13 September 2021 – Welcome and update for Access to HE students

Welcome to your Access to HE course which I hope will be an exciting, interesting and motivating year in your learning journey. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic QAA have published guidance for students, providers and Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) like One Awards, on the special arrangements for the assessment and award of the Access to HE Diploma. Please follow this link to the QAA website to see the information for 2021-22:

QAA are also offering webinars for students to attend in which they outline the arrangements, roles of providers, AVAs and QAA and explain further sources of support and guidance. Follow the link to book a place: Access to HE student webinars:

One Awards work very closely with Access to HE providers each year providing information and guidance to support delivery, assessment and internal quality processes which ensure a fair, consistent and positive experience for Access to HE students on this important programme. If you have any questions about your course or provider support, information and guidance, please speak to your course tutor or programme leader. And if you would like to know more about One Awards and QAA requirements and support arrangements, please contact us at

Jennie Lawson, Head of Quality at One Awards

“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