Following a consultation period, QAA has confirmed changes to its Diploma Specification and Grading Scheme for August 2024.

The following has been announced:

Diploma Specification

  • The Diploma will remain a credit-based qualification of 60 credits, of which 45 credits will be at Level 3 and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. The remaining ungraded credits will be Level 2 or 3.
  • A minimum of one unit of either 6 or 9 credits will be included in each Diploma.
  • A maximum of 30 credits can be made of 6 or 9 credit units (offered as graded or ungraded credits permitted 30 credits are not exceeded.)
  • A Subject Descriptor is being introduced for Nursing and Health Professions Diplomas (available as a pilot for 2024 with implementation in 2025.)

Grading Scheme

  • There will be three Grading Standards which will be applied equally to all units and all assessments
  • A grade can only be determined upon completion of all unit learning outcomes.

Gateway Qualifications is taking this opportunity to review our portfolio and meet these regulatory changes, ensuring our providers’ and learners’ needs and requirements are met.

We appreciate the continued support from our Access to HE Centres as we implement these changes, and thank them for their participation and involvement.

Page Last Updated: 18th January 2024


QAA official web pages

Recognition Scheme documentation 2024

Diploma Specification 2023

How will these changes impact you and your learners?

QAA is aware that the implementation of new processes and procedures will have an impact. Let us know the effects the changes will have on your Centre and learners by emailing access@gatewayqualifications.org.uk – QAA welcomes your feedback and will share your views with them.

QAA Weekly briefings

Centres are invited to attend QAA briefing meetings for an introduction to the changes coming into effect from 1st August 2024. Dates and information on how to join a session are available on the QAA website.

Support for our Access to HE Centres

QAA recently wrote to providers outlining the support it will offer all Centres. In addition, Gateway Qualifications will provide a comprehensive support package to ensure a smooth transition for our Centres.

What does that mean for you

Access to HE is changing: Discover what this means for you

Join our webinar on 27th February for for an in-depth look at the details:

  • Why the changes are happening
  • New diploma specification requirements and grade scheme
  • Subject descriptor for Nursing and Health Professions
  • Revised diploma offer – first look!

Register here

Engagement groups

Approved Centres can attend engagement groups to:

  • discuss the changes as part of the Access to HE review
  • get involved with development and ensure they are prepared to recruit learners
  • see draft structures and units so you can prepare for validation panels

See dates, times and topics

Validation panels

Our validation panels concluded in November 2023. Thank you to everyone who attended and took the opportunity to discuss the structure and content of diplomas with other providers.