Agriculture, Environment & Animal Care

Vocational Qualifications

Catering, Hospitality & Leisure

Apprenticeships
Vocational Qualifications

Childcare & Education

Access to HE
Pre-Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing

Access to HE
Apprenticeships
Vocational Qualifications

Creative, Design & Digital

Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Education & Training

Professional Development

Hair & Beauty

Vocational Qualifications

Health, Science & Social Care

Access to HE
Apprenticeships
Pre-Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Life Skills & Progression

Personal & Social Development

Personal and Professional Development

Personal & Social Development
Professional Development
Vocational Qualifications

Public & Protective Services

Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Supporting SEND

Personal & Social Development
Professional Development

Transport & Logistics

Access to HE
Apprenticeships
Vocational Qualifications

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma enables adults without other qualifications such as A levels to progress to higher education.

Regulated by QAA, the Access to HE qualification is widely recognised by UK universities and colleges. There are over 1,500 different courses leading to the Access to HE Diploma. Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) validate and review these courses, and award the Access to HE qualification to successful students.

Under the QAA Recognition Scheme, AVAs have the following specific responsibilities in relation to quality assurance:

  • advice and guidance to providers wishing to develop new courses
  • validation of Diplomas by a panel which includes HE representation
  • moderation arrangements for Access courses
  • review and evaluation of Access courses
  • monitoring of standards of student achievement
  • collaboration with local HE institutions to ensure the continuing fitness for purpose of recognised programmes

If you are interested in studying, you can search for Access to HE courses across the country on the QAA Access to HE directory.

QAA Access to HE directory