From civil servant to counsellor, how the Access to HE Diploma continues to change lives.
COVID-19 Access to HE Update - 12th April 2021: Update on the arrangements for the award of the Access to HE Diploma
In this programme John will be speaking with Dennese Bloomer from Bishop Auckland College. Like all Access tutors, Dennese has all the qualities need to be a fantastic teacher, adviser and advocate for adult education.
In this programme John Earland, the One Awards Access to HE Manager, is in conversation with Alison Zucker, a Lead External Moderator at One Awards. The programme explores the key role of the external moderator in helping to maintain and raise educational standards across the Access to HE Diploma qualification.
One Awards Training is aimed at supporting and inspiring our approved NOCN Group centres. From ‘bite sized’ 2 hour sessions, 1 day accredited courses through to full NOCN qualifications we aim to provide a holistic programme of support. We are pleased to have received such positive feedback from attendees on a range of sessions attended.
In this programme John Earland, the One Awards Access to HE Manager, is in conversation with Kate Gibbon, an Access to HE Tutor at Middlesbrough College. The programme explores Kate’s distance learning programme and what motivates her about working on this course.
2021 is our 25th Anniversary as an Access Validating Agency. Many things have changed over those years but our fundamental mission in championing adult education and our values of inclusivity and supporting our providers, remains the same. Key to all of this is the privilege of continuing to proudly award Access to HE Diplomas to a diverse and deserving adult student population.
Following the transfer of One Awards staff to remote working we would like to remind centres to check they are using the correct postal address.
Following on from our first podcast covering everything about the wonderful world of the Access to HE Diploma. In this episode we talk to four new Access to HE students from different providers studying different courses.
With over 20,000 new police officers needed by 2025, One Awards has created an Access to HE Diploma in Policing.
As we continue to deal with the ever changing demands of COVID-19 restrictions it’s great to know that there are some positives to take away and nothing is more positive than the One Awards Access to HE Diploma experience.
No, not a new Access to Diploma title but a brand new series of podcasts all about the Access to HE Diploma qualification.
Former Access to HE student Brandon Layton was named the National Winner in to Outstanding Individual Learner Award category as part the of the 2020 Festival of Learning for his achievements.
The annual One Awards, Access to Higher Education Fair is set to take place virtually from the 9th-13th November to promote adult learning and routes to either University or Higher/Degree Apprenticeships and the event could not come at a more vital time, with adult and lifelong learning set to play a vital role in the UK’s journey to recovery from the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are pleased to provide details of our virtual HE Admissions Fair for 2020 that will take place from 9-13th November 2020.
3 members of One Awards staff reached 20 years’ service over the last 6 months, Ann McCluskey, Dave Johnson and Sue Scheilling as part of the Quality Assurance teams covering both NOCN Qualifications, Access to HE Diplomas and Bespoke Accreditation.
QAA have today (28.09.2020) published guidance on the arrangements for the award and assessment of Access to HE Diplomas in 2020-21.
Covid 19 and the lockdown restrictions have impacted many individuals, businesses, communities, and charitable organisations like ourselves and has forced a change to the way we are able to work and connect with our customers. One Awards have been successful in adapting to the new ways of working, using technology better to communicate with each other and our centres.
As a leading Access Validating Agency these free webinars will provide an introduction to Access to HE Diplomas and the funding that can be drawn down by providers.
David Balme has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for One Awards and takes up his post this month from outgoing Chair, Peter Stonell who has been a Trustee since 2015 and led the board from 2017.
Former One Awards Access to HE Health student Bethany, who completed her Diploma at Redcar and Cleveland College talks about her experiences working as a staff nurse on the front line and shares her stay at home message to all.
One Awards Managing Director Fabienne Bailey recently appeared in a Leaders Council podcast alongside Lord Blunkett.
Technology has revolutionised the way we work, but more than half of UK employees (53%) do not have the digital skills needed for work. These skills can be anything from being able to avoid suspicious links and pop-ups to sharing documents by attaching to an email.
At One Awards and the wider NOCN Group we will endeavour to minimise the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our support for training centres, test centres and learners, whilst following the advice from Public health England and the Department of Education.
Jennie Lawson, Head of Quality at One Awards, celebrated 20 years with One Awards.
Life-changing achievements by delighted North East learners of all ages were celebrated on Tuesday 12 February 2020 at the One Awards Celebration of Learning Awards 2019.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on 12th February 2020, as part of the Celebration of Learning Awards, the event brought together recognised centres, One Awards Staff, Trustees and stakeholders.
NOCN Group Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans is to become a Director of the Halo Project South Africa to support the global campaign to raise awareness and challenge gender-based violence in the country
NOCN was the first Awarding Organisation and Apprentice Assessment Organisation to be accredited as Leaders in Diversity by the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD). The organisation is now ranked number 30 in the NCFD 2019 Top 100 Diversity Index, which celebrates the UK’s private, public and third sector employers setting the bar for fairness in the workplace.
The One Awards office will be closed on Thursday 6th February 2020 due to due to One Awards Staff Development Day. The office will re-open at 9.00am on Friday 7th February 2020.
The past 12 months has been an exciting time for One Awards. Here are some of the highlights from 2019.
Following the recent trade mission to South Africa, One Awards has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Funda Trust to act as their education advisor and accreditation partner for a project to be delivered in South Africa to raise educational standards of teachers and teaching in the rural communities and townships.
Derwentside College celebrated the achievements of their learners at an event held on Thursday 5th December 2019.
Hartlepool College of Further Education’s top-performing students were recognised at a glittering awards evening.
In October, Fabienne Bailey, Managing Director of One Awards, was invited by the Northern Powerhouse to participate in an international trade mission to Thailand and Indonesia.
On 17th October 2019 One Awards hosted its annual HE Admissions Fair for Access to HE students.
We would like to offer the opportunity to anyone studying or involved in the Access to HE Diploma to attend this free event. It is completely free and aimed exclusively at students undertaking QAA-recognised Access to HE courses. It’s an ideal opportunity for students to ask key questions in relation to planning for the future.
One Awards recently supported East Durham Trust FEED Project by providing a donation for their food bank.
We are pleased to provide details of our 2019 Higher Education Admissions Fair for Access to HE Students
Today (Thursday 5th September 2019) is the International Day of Charity and as part of our commitment to supporting local and national charities NOCN Group has launched its campaign to support The Trussell Trust’s Food Bank.
The 1st August 2019 marks two special celebrations for One Awards. the 1st Anniversary of being part of the NOCN Group and the 25th anniversary of One Awards.
Hartlepool College held they second annual Access to Higher Education Awards on Wednesday 10th July 2019.
At our Access to HE Forum held at University of Sunderland on 11th June 2019, awards were presented to students who completed their Access to HE Diploma last summer.
One Awards held their 2019 Access to HE Forum ay St Peters Campus, University of Sunderland on Tuesday 11th June 2019.
One Awards held our Annual General Meeting on 24th May 2019.The event titled 'Building Skills for a Productive Society' brought together recognised centres, One Awards Staff, Trustees and stakeholders.
We are pleased to provide the Registration and Certification standards for January to April 2019.
NOCN Group has retained Investors in People IIP Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to employee development, showing an ambitious and expanding organisation which nurtures and invests in its talent.
Here at One Awards, we greatly value your feedback on our performance and contributions to our strategic direction. With this in mind a Stakeholder Engagement Survey will be sent out week commencing 25th February to all Centre Contacts.
The new Ofsted Framework for 2019 is under consultation but on its way and recent announcements from Ofsted and Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, have highlighted some of the key changes. One Awards can help you to support learner behaviour, attitude and their personal development through innovative and flexible accredited solutions
The skills gap is an ongoing challenge for the UK, across a number of sectors and industries, despite many workers of all ages wanting to upskill in their current role or looking to retrain to move into a different profession. The UK is still lagging behind other countries when it comes to workforce skills and productivity, yet there are still barriers for those looking to up-skill and according to UCAS there is a declining proportion of students aged 21 and over (or mature) applying to and entering full – time higher education in the UK.
The past 12 months has been an exciting time in One Awards history. From joining our long-term partners NOCN Group, to new staff becoming part of our growing team. Here are some of the highlights from 2018.
One Awards Managing Director, Fabienne Bailey recently visited Hong Kong as part of the Northern Powerhouse trade mission. The Department of International Trade delegation consisted of 12 innovative and forward-thinking businesses in the Education Sector at the recent Learning and Teaching Expo.
We are pleased to provide the Registration and Certification standards for August to October 2018.
One Awards are delighted to welcome our new Senior Business Development Manager, Roger Guy
At our upcoming #AccesstoHE Admissions Fair on Friday 19th October, we’ll be running a number of workshops throughout the day to help Access students make decisions about their future.
We are pleased to provide details of our 3rd Annual Admissions Fair.
ESCAPE Family Support are looking for befrienders and peer mentors to help individuals across Northumberland.
In July 2018, our average turnaround time for registration and certification was one day.
One Awards and NOCN recently signed a subsidiary agreement which came into effect on 1 August 2018. One Awards is now a subsidiary of the NOCN Group. This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments.
In June 2018, our average turnaround time for registration and certification was one day.
Dedicated students have had their hard work recognised at our Celebration of Achievement Awards. The annual event puts the spotlight on the efforts of learners across the College
At our Access to HE Forum held at Teesside University on 15th June 2018, awards were presented to students who completed their Access to HE Diploma last summer.
At our Access to HE Forum on 15th June, Scott Godfrey Principal Lecturer at the School of Health & Social Care, Teesside University, will be hosting a workshop on Exploring Health and Social Courses within Higher Education.
Undertaking an Access to HE Diploma is an exciting route to Higher Education, allowing students to gain qualifications which equip them with the skills and knowledge to further their education at university. At One Awards, we work in partnership with Access to HE providers and HE institutes to develop courses which meet the needs of the students in a range of subjects from nursing and social sciences, to law and computing.
In April 2018, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and two days for certification
We have been working with Calderdale College for two years, supporting both the college and their Access to HE students. Having started the journey with One Awards after transferring from their previous Access Validating Agency, we asked Claire Lowe, Course Leader at Calderdale College a few questions to shed light on their experience of the transfer process:
In March 2018, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and two days for certification.
One Awards are delighted to announce that from 1 August 2018 One Awards will join the NOCN Group. This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments.
In February 2018, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and two days for certification.
We are delighted to announce that following an extensive recruitment process before Christmas, Fabienne Bailey has joined One Awards as Managing Director. Fabienne has 18 years’ experience in the education and training sector along with 10 years’ senior management experience within the learning and skills environment and may already know many of you in the sector.
A Teesside mum-of-one is launching a new career for herself after completing an Access to HE Diploma at Middlesbrough College – and now she’s encouraging other women to follow suit.
Discover how Hartlepool mother and daughter Alison and Gabrielle became a GP and a teacher after changing their lives with adult education.
After a succession of low paid jobs with no career prospects and three children to support, Allison Corbett made the brave decision to return to education and signed up to an Access to Health course at Hartlepool College of Further Education. With eight years of studying ahead of her, Allison defied the odds and now is a fully qualified GP.
New recruit Richard Yuille is a perfect example of how Actes supports its clients to fulfil their potential, having gone from client, to volunteer and now full-time employee in just a few months.
Gathering feedback over the past few years and, as a result of our work with colleges up and down the country including colleges in the North East, North West and Yorkshire, we understand that more and more providers are looking to their AVA to help them develop their Access to HE digital and online learning opportunities.
In November 2017, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and one day for certification.
On Thursday 19th October, One Awards hosted its annual Access to HE Admissions Fair at St James’ Park in Newcastle for students enrolled on Access courses across the North of England. 26 colleges, universities and employers exhibited on the day providing students with the opportunity to explore their options and inform important decisions about their future careers.
We work with learning providers across the UK to support adults and mature students into university and bright new careers and have particularly close partnerships with colleges in North and West Yorkshire.
One Awards is delighted to invite you to our annual HE Admissions Fair, on Thursday 19th October 2017 this year being held at the amazing St James Park in Newcastle. Our fair is designed exclusively for students enrolled on QAA recognised Access to HE courses across the North of England.
Diploma Vacancies The following colleges have vacancies on some of their Access to HE Diplomas listed below. Please contact the college of your choice directly using the information provided*.
In May 2017, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and one day for certification.
Congratulations to former One Awards student Richard Lambeth from Newcastle City Learning who was awarded runner up at the Keith Fletcher Memorial Awards.
At our Access to HE Forum held at Middlesbrough College STEM Centre on 31st March, awards were presented to five students who completed their Diplomas last summer.
From Tuesday 21st March 2017, when you log into QuartzWeb you should see that the layout and look of our system has changed.
The future of apprenticeships and the impact that changes in government legislation will have on employers and training providers came under the spotlight at One Awards Annual General Meeting.
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained approval.
In January 2017, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and one day for certification.
We would love to hear what is happening in your organisation so we can feature your learner stories and case studies within the newsletter and on the One Awards website.
We have several events planned for 2017, please put them in your diary:
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained approval.
We would like to invite you to attend one of two upcoming Access to Higher Education events that we are running in Leeds and Manchester in the New Year.
Hartlepool College’s Celebration of Achievement Awards saw students scoop accolades for their outstanding work throughout 2015/16.
The North East’s first Higher Education admissions fair held exclusively for adults and mature students studying the Quality Assurance Agency Access to Higher Education Diploma attracted over 300 delegates seeking a new career.
One Awards e-newsletter is circulated to all our recognised centres, we welcome your comments or ideas about what you would like to be included.
Following the success of the Admissions Fairs facilitated by QAA in London, we are delighted to provide details of our forthcoming HE Admissions Fair for Access to HE students which will take place at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on Wednesday 16th November, from 11.00am - 7.30pm.
We held a consultation event in June 2016, which many of you attended and kindly contributed your thoughts and ideas at the various workshops.
One Awards staff members Patrick Mallon and Bridget Randall successfully completed the recent Great North Run.
Here at One Awards, we’re proud of our reputation for delivering outstanding customer service. But we don’t want to get complacent, so we’re always striving to improve our service to you. As part of this, we’ve introduced a new Customer Service Charter, which tells you exactly what we’ll do, and when we’ll do it by .
We are thrilled to announce that One Awards has become one of the first businesses in the region to achieve Investors in People Silver with a new version of the Standard.
Redcar & Cleveland College has launched a new scheme to help people without qualifications prepare for study in higher education or the world of work.
Top achievers from a Teesside college have been recognised in an annual awards ceremony celebrating the rising stars of the future.
Student Achievements were celebrated at Middlesbrough College Student Awards held on 15th June 2016
We are currently looking to appoint suitably qualified individuals to the role of Diploma Moderator to join our existing team working across Recognised Centres in Yorkshire and the North East and North West of England.
One Awards’ Annual General Meeting and consultation event was held at Middlesbrough College’s state of the art STEM Centre on Friday 10th June 2016.
HEALTH students from a Redcar and Cleveland College have offered a lifeline to a St John Ambulance unit by pledging their volunteering services.
In May 2016, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and 1 day for certification.
One Awards is delighted to announce that we have received written confirmation from The Quality Assurance Agency, (QAA), regulator for Access to HE Diplomas, that our risk level has been maintained at Low for the third successive year. This is the highest rating possible and provides external recognition of the continued high standards One Awards achieves.
After a change in career following the Access to Higher Education course, Elizabeth Shipley, 54 is now the Course Leader in Health at Stockton Riverside College, guiding the new Access to Health students into their chosen careers.
We would like to invite you to attend our Shaping One Awards Future in Learning and Skills Event and AGM to be held at Middlesbrough College STEM Centre, Dock Road, Middlesbrough, TS2 1AD on Friday June 10th 2016 from 9.30am.
QAA Access to HE annual quality development network event – 19 May 2016 Assessing, analysing and assuring the Access to HE Diploma
One Awards recently celebrated 20 years as an Access Validating Agency at a magnificent event held at The Sage, Gateshead on 11th March.
We are delighted to welcome Hartlepool Sixth Form College as a new Access to HE Provider with One Awards.
From September 2016 the Access to HE Diploma becomes part of the newly revised UCAS Tariff points. These points will be used for applications submitted for the 2017 admissions cycle onwards.
We would like to welcome Ann Burrell, Gary Cumiskey and Chris White who have recently joined our Board of Trustees. Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the mission and strategic direction of One Awards and works closely with the management team and staff to ensure the delivery of our charitable aims.
Did you study on an Access to HE course before you applied for your degree? Was your Access to HE Certificate awarded by TROCN or OCN North East Region, now known as One Awards? If so One Awards would like to hear from you.
One Awards, which was previously known as TROCN and OCN North East region, is keen to hear from anyone holding an Access to Higher Education Certificate or Diploma, who went on to complete a university degree.
Action Foundation have been presented with the Guardian Charity Awards one of only five winners from almost 1300 entries.
One Awards 20th Anniversary Access to HE Awards - please send us your nominations
Excellent turnaround times in November 2015, for registration and certification
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained Centre Recognition with One Awards.
Thank you to everyone who voted for former trustee Minna Ireland for The Guardian’s Trustee of the Year 2015.
We are delighted to welcome Calderdale College as a new Access to HE Provider with One Awards.
We would like to welcome the following new members who have been approved by our Board of Trustees.
We would like to welcome the following new members who have been approved to deliver NOCN qualifications and One Awards units by our Board of Trustees.
Middlesbrough College held their Annual Student Awards on 6th July 2015
Life-changing achievements by delighted North East learners of all ages were celebrated in Newcastle on Friday 12 June at the One Awards Celebration of Learning Awards 2015.
Winner - Hartlepool College of Further Education Highly Commended - Derwentside College
Life-changing achievements by North East learners of all ages will be celebrated in Newcastle this Friday 12 June at the Celebration of Learning Awards 2015.
Learning is not preparation for life, learning is life itself - Celebration of Learning and AGM event at The County by Thistle, Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday June 12th from 9.30am.
Nominations are open for our Celebration of Learning Awards 2015.
On 21st March One Awards, formerly OCN North East Region, celebrated its first birthday under its new brand!
LDR Squared, a Wilton Centre-based training provider has been approved to deliver the Access to HE Diploma for people working in the science sector to gain qualifications needed to access university.
One Awards celebrated the achievements of Access to HE Students, Tutors and Centres at our Annual Awards held on Friday 20th June 2014
Joseph, winner of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Outstanding Academic Achievement category, nominated by Julia Meredith, Middlesbrough College
Maria, highly commended of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Outstanding Academic Achievement Category, Nominated by Pauline Ewart, Sunderland College
Whitney, winner of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Outstanding Commitment to Study category, nominated by Julia Meredith, Middlesbrough College
Kayleigh, highly commended of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Outstanding Commitment to Study Category, Nominated by Anne Clare, Redcar and Cleveland College
Helal, winner of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Outstanding Commitment to Supporting Others category, nominated by Pauline Ewart, Sunderland College
Michelle, highly commended of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Outstanding Commitment to Supporting Others, Nominated by Julia Meredith, Middlesbrough College
Dennese, winner of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Students Choice Award, nominated by Bryony Round
Ian, Winner of the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Innovation in Access to HE category, nominated by Julia Meredith, Middlesbrough College
Sunderland College, highly commended in the One Awards Access to HE Awards, Innovation in Access to HE category, nominated by Ann Inkson, Sunderland College