Why Choose One Awards?

If you are considering seeking approval to deliver the Access to HE Diploma for the first time or transferring from another Access Validating Agency,  there are many reasons why we think you should consider One Awards as your AVA:

  • Our fees are very competitive;
  • We are highly experienced in dealing with provider transfers and offer exceptional support mechanisms to help you with the process;
  • We are highly responsive and supportive and your query is always dealt with by someone efficiently and quickly when you call;
  • We are highly flexible when it comes to diploma development and we work with you collaboratively to ensure success within the parameters of the QAA licence;
  • We provide a huge range of diploma titles from Art and Design to Health, Creative and Digital Industries, Emerging Technologies, Media, Science and Engineering and many more!
  • We hold networking and updating events open to everyone concerned with Access, whether you work with us or not, to raise the profile of the Diploma;
  • We promote Access in your community to help you recruit to your courses;
  • We have the highest All Distinction Grade profile for Access to HE.
  • We have very close links with HE Institutions and are proactive in fostering new relationships;
  • We have a free QAA commended results service for HEIs to check your students’ results remotely.

We provide excellent ongoing support, information and guidance to our providers and we believe passionately in providing a responsive and personalised service. This fosters excellent working relationships which help to ensure successful outcomes. We are highly valued and regarded by our HE partners too not least for our responsive approach to customer service.

There are two parts to the approval process. These are:

  1. Gaining Centre Recognition
  2. Gaining approval to run Access to HE Diplomas with us

Both run concurrently to streamline the experience.

Please visit the following pages for more information:

One Awards Access to HE Diploma Leaflet

Access to HE Diploma Transfer Guidance and Application Form

One Awards Access to HE Fees and Charges 2021-22 - Quick Guide

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact either: 

Alternatively please complete our Join Us Enquiry Form. We’d also be delighted to take your call on 0191 518 6550. 

We’re vibrant, responsive and unashamedly proud of our established reputation for excellent customer service. If we sound like the kind of AVA you'd like to work with, then we'd love to hear from you.


Transferring Access to HE provider; why it was an easy decision for Calderdale College

We have been working with Calderdale College for two years, supporting both the college and their Access to HE students through a range of materials, events and training.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:

(Pictured left the Access to HE Team at Calderdale College with John Earland from One Awards)

What was the main reason you decided to switch your Access Validating Agency?

We weren’t getting the same level of support from our current provider and there were very few training opportunities available to help us improve, so when we looked into One Awards and the services they offer it seemed like the right choice.

What do you think makes One Awards different?

I would have to say that it’s the brilliant, friendly staff that makes the difference to me. Every phone call is answered, queries are sorted out within the day and emails are responded to efficiently. Every member of the team tries to help, even if it’s not their role which really makes us feel valued. It’s like being part of a family! Altogether it’s a totally different approach to providing a service.

How have your students benefited from the transfer?

With One Awards, there is a better and more appropriate variety of units to choose from. The larger units on offer mean that there are ultimately fewer assessments over the year, which we know some students struggle with so it can work to their advantage and impact their success.

Since transferring, have you increased the number of Access to HE courses you offer at Calderdale College?

We have validated three more courses since working with One Awards which we will be offering to new students soon. We already have plans to continue increasing the range as we look forward to working together in the future.

If you would like to enquire about the transferring process and how we could help you and your students make the most of your Access to HE offer, get in touch today with our friendly team on 0191 518 6550 or

“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