Diploma Validation Panel Information

All Providers seeking approval to deliver the Access to HE Diploma must apply to become a One Awards Recognised Access to HE Provider. Providers complete a Centre Recognition Application Form. You will then be contacted to arrange a meeting to discuss your plans and the next stage of the process.

If you are interested in delivering Access to HE Diplomas with One Awards for the first time, please contact John Earland, Access to HE Manager, for further information at

For a list of fees and charges, please click on the Fees and Charges link within this section.

The following outlines the approval process:

  1. Provider completes an One Awards Access to HE Diploma Application Form, please click the title to download the form.
  2. The Access to HE Manager works with you to complete a Programme Submission Document and advises on the selection of appropriate units.You will also be advised to discuss your proposals with receiving HE Institutions
  3. An external peer review panel is held to validate the diploma, including Higher Education, Access provider, Moderator and other subject specialist representatives
  4. The panel’s recommendations are submitted to the One Awards Access to HE Committee for consideration of formal approval
  5. Once approved, Access Diplomas are uploaded to the QAA Database, giving them national recognition, and a funding code is assigned

Please refer to the One Awards Access to HE Diploma Provider Handbook.

“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