QAA licenses the awarding bodies for Access to HE courses, known as Access Validating Agencies (AVAs). AVAs develop, approve and monitor Access to HE courses, and work with further education colleges and other providers that deliver these courses to students. Before a provider is allowed to make an Access to HE course available, the course has to be approved by an AVA.
The list below shows which AVAs operate across the UK. If you would like to search for Access to HE courses by particular locations, you can do this using our course search.
QAA has been notified by One Awards - one of the Access Validating Agencies (AVA) for the Access to HE Diploma that they are in the process of insolvency. As the AVA can no longer meet the conditions of licence for the Access to HE Diploma, QAA has taken the decision as regulator of the Access to HE Diploma to withdraw their licence with effect from 5.00pm on Tuesday 30 August 2022. QAA will be custodian for provision approved under the AVA licence held by One Awards from this date until provision is transferred to another licensed AVA (or AVAs).