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QAA has been responsible for managing and maintaining the scheme for the recognition and quality assurance of Access to HE courses since 1997.

 

We licence and review Access Validating Agencies (AVAs), set requirements about the Access to HE Diploma and its assessment and work with AVAs and providers to improve their practice, and collect and publish statistics and other information about Access to HE. We also continue to promote the growth of Access to HE.

Our QAA team

Our Access to HE work is overseen by the QAA Board, supported by the Access Recognition and Licensing Committee. The Board delegates day to day leadership to the Chief Executive and Executive Committee who work with the Access to HE team to manage the QAA recognition scheme for Access to HE.


Delivery support services are provided by staff with responsibility in the following areas: data and reporting, facilities, human resources, finance and planning, marketing and events, governance, policy and communications and information technology.


Our Governance

QAA’s Board is responsible for policy relating to QAA's Access to HE responsibilities and is advised by the Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC). The ARLC has responsibility for oversight of QAA's Recognition Scheme, which is the regulatory framework through which Access to HE courses are recognised and regulated.


The ARLC is assisted by two expert groups: the Access Qualification Development Group (AQDG) and the Access Data Development Group (ADDG).


The Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC) is a committee of the QAA Board, which has overall responsibility for the operation and development of the Recognition Scheme. ARLC membership includes representatives from further and higher education, and former Access to HE graduates. It is chaired by a member of the QAA Board. For current membership details, please see the ARLC register of members' interests


The ARLC is assisted by two expert advisory groups, the Access Qualification Development Group (AQDG) and the Access Data Development Group, which both report to the ARLC.


For more information, please see the full terms of reference of the ARLC.


The Access Qualification Development Group (AQDG) is an expert advisory group which reports to the Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC). Its membership includes current practitioners and other stakeholders. It is chaired by a member of the ARLC.


For more information, please see the full terms of reference of the AQDG.


The Access Data Development Group (ADDG) reports and makes recommendations to the Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC) on matters relating to the development of data about Access to HE. Its membership includes data analysts and experts from funding and data collection bodies in further and higher education, AVAs and other interested bodies.


For more information, please see the full terms of reference of the ADDG.


Our Funding

QAA is funded to maintain and manage the Access Recognition Scheme through fees from Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) and a contribution from QAA membership income. We also receive development and research funding from grants and other sources.


We have a number of policies and procedures that govern our activities. We publish these as part our commitment to working in an open and transparent way.