The Access to HE Diploma

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

Access to HE courses are delivered by providers in England and Wales, and are available in a range of different subjects, such as nursing, social sciences, law, performing arts, computing, science and art and design.

One Awards works in partnership with Access providers and HE Institutions to develop Access to HE Diplomas which meet the needs of students. We also offer providers an extensive programme of training and online resources to support delivery, assessment and quality assurance.

Each diploma is composed of a number of units with a level and credit value. Students must achieve 60 credits in total. 15 of the credits are from ungraded units and 45 are graded and are awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Access students can apply for a place at university using the UCAS application process and the majority successfully gain a place at their chosen institution.

To find out more, visit the QAA Access to HE Website or search the QAA Access to HE Diploma Courses Database

Click here to look at the One Awards Access to HE unit bank.   Please note this section is password protected.

“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