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 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 universities and other HEIs, to meet their course entry requirements. HEIs work with us on the development of the content for our Diplomas, to ensure they provide a sound basis on which to progress onto a degree course. The Diploma is 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.