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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 students

https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/news-events/support-and-information-covid-19/arrangements-for-the-award-and-assessments-of-the-of-the-access-to-he-diploma-key-facts-for-access-to-he-students-april-2021

COVID-19 Access to HE Update - 24th March 2021:
QAA Student Webinars

QAA are running an additional series of events for students this week. The events will explain the arrangements for the award of QAA-recognised Access to HE Diplomas in 2020-21 and provide an opportunity for Access to HE students to:

Each event starts at 2.00pm and will run for about an hour. Links to the booking sites are below:

Wednesday 24 March- https://events.qaa.ac.uk/qaaevents/343/home

Thursday 25 March - https://events.qaa.ac.uk/qaaevents/344/home

Friday - 26 March https://events.qaa.ac.uk/qaaevents/345/home

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:

https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk//en/news-events/support-and-information-covid-19/arrangements-for-the-award-and-assessments-of-the-of-the-access-to-he-diploma---update-for-students-mar-21

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 Students: https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/contact-us/faqs/coronavirus-(covid-19)

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.

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Coronavirus Update for Access to HE Diploma Students - 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. 

Information for students:

https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/news-events/support-and-information-covid-19/arrangements-for-the-award-and-assessment-of-the-access-to-he-diploma-2020-21-update-for-students-jan-21

Linked from: https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/news-events/support-and-information-covid-19

Webinar booking site:
Student webinars: https://www.qaa.ac.uk/news-events/events/access-to-he-student-forum-awarding-the-access-to-he-diploma-7-13-january-2021

We understand that these are challenging times for provider staff and Access students. One Awards will continue to work closely with QAA and support Access to HE providers in ensuring fair and consistent results for students in the summer. If you have questions or require further clarification, please contact your provider in the first instance. 

“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