Access to HE
The Open Awards Level 3 Access to HE (Higher Education) Diploma is a life changing qualification specifically designed for adult learners as an alternative route to A-Levels onto university degree courses.
The Diploma is composed of a number of units with a level and credit value. Students must achieve 60 credits in total. 15 of the credits are from ungraded units and 45 are graded and are awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. On average it takes around a year to complete, though some courses work on different timescales.
Like A-Levels the Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification available in a wide range of subjects that is accepted by most Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), like universities, to meet their course entry requirements. HEIs work with us on the development of the content for our Diplomas to make sure that they contain all the things learners need to know to study on the degree programmes for which they are applying. The Diploma is also regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to ensure it meets rigorous quality requirements.
The providers we work with set entry requirements to their Diploma courses that make sure that individuals are ready for the demands of the course and are able to fulfil the requirements for progression onto their intended degree course. For example, a GCSE C, or above, in English, Maths and Science for primary school teaching.
Perhaps more than any other qualification the Access to HE Diploma has the power to change lives. Read Kelly’s story for an example of the impact it can make.
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