For over 30 years Gateway Qualifications has been passionate about Access to Higher Education. We are as dedicated today as we were at the start, which is why we continue to develop exciting new Diplomas and improve our overall offer, ensuring that the everchanging needs and desires of both the learner and the provider are met.

We are a solutions focussed Access Validating Agency (AVA), supporting you to overcome the challenges faced by the sector and championing the interests of Access to HE students. We are proud to be rated low-risk by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and work hard to ensure you and your students receive the support you need when you need it.

Whilst individual Access to HE Diplomas are conventional in their makeup and through the regulation of the QAA, the approach of AVAs can differ significantly. Gateway Qualifications takes a flexible approach to delivery and assessment and provides valuable written and physical support. This allows Centres to support all learners to achieve their ambitions for entering higher education and beyond.

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Unit support materials

Resources for both learners and tutors that cover a number of Access to HE units and are designed to mitigate the challenges of remote and blended delivery.

Substantial support and guidance

We provide support and guidance for Centres in the form of: unit support materials, more than 100 assignment briefs, tutor handbooks, forms, templates and checklists you will need to successfully run your Diplomas, as well as free training bespoke to the challenges your Centre is facing.

Flexible assessment methods

Our processes, timetables and appropriate approach to assessment are designed to make running the Access to Higher Education Diploma as simple as possible. Whilst ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and the best possible outcomes for students applying to enter Higher Education.

Success stories

Read about all the ways learners and Centres are successfully benefitting from Access to HE on our Case Studies page.

Gateway Qualifications has been incredibly flexible in allowing me to select units and create pathways. This means that I co-teach certain units across pathways meaning my staffing costs are reduced, making it more financially viable to run.
Tracey Page, Programme Coordinator for Access to HE, USP College

I want to run these qualifications

Complete our online form to enquire about running these qualifications and a member of our Business Development team will be in touch.

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If you’re not yet a recognised centre, find out what’s required and discuss your requirements with our Business Development team

Get recognised

Tutor of the Year Awards

We celebrate Access to HE tutors by running awards that see students submit entries and reasons for the nominations. It’s a pleasure reading what students have to say about how their tutor has gone above and beyond to help them achieve their dreams.

The Gateway Qualifications Access to HE Tutor of the Years Awards

Is Access to HE right for your learners?

Learners who study an Access to Higher Education Diploma are usually people who would like to study at university level, but who do not hold traditional formal qualifications. Successfully completing an Access to HE qualification can therefore be a vital stepping stone to higher education and a graduate career.

The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised, level 3 course that is available to learners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Depending on the type of centre offering the course, our qualifications are suitable for delivery within colleges and learning centres or as a distance-learning online course.

Guidance to help you make an informed decision

Supporting you through the year

When you work with Gateway Qualifications, you get support throughout the year. We offer in-centre training sessions that include:

  • Grading refresher sessions
  • Standardisation
  • Updates on QAA regulations
  • Webinars that can be viewed live or on-demand when required

Access to HE Centre Handbook

This handbook is a reference tool to help recognised Gateway Qualifications providers deliver our Access to HE Diploma. It covers the cycle of Access to HE activity from registration, planning and tracking of student achievement, to claiming certificates.

Access to HE Centre Handbook

Enhanced progression opportunities

Through a solid partnership agreement with the University of East London and the University of Suffolk, we are able to offer tutors and students a bespoke and enhanced learning experience.

Enhanced progression opportunities for Access to HE

Supporting learners’ personal development

A guide designed to support staff with responsibility for curriculum to consider the different options for developing learners’ understanding and skills in these areas. It will also be of interest to staff who lead on safeguarding, Prevent, and student welfare.

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Access to HE webinars

Access to HE Research Projects: How to get them right!


Progression opportunities for Access to HE staff and students


Access to HE: Getting Ready for the FAB