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Coronavirus Update for Access to HE Students

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