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QAA publishes update on arrangements for the Award of the Access to HE Diploma

Date: March 2 - 2021

Earlier this year, QAA advised course providers to continue to apply the modified arrangements for the Award of the Access to HE Diploma in 2020-21, published in September 2020. These arrangements were designed to recognise the changes that course providers had already made for teaching and assessing the Access to HE Diploma and allow for additional adaptations to be made as necessary under this and any future lockdowns.

Following analysis of the joint Ofqual and the Department for Education (DfE) consultation, and to reflect the direction from the Secretary of State to Ofqual on the arrangements for how GCSE, AS and A Level grades should be awarded in summer 2021, Ofqual arrangements were published on 25 February 2021. While there are commonalities with the arrangements for the Access to HE Diploma and other level 3 qualifications that facilitate progression to higher education, covered in Ofqual’s announcement, there are also some differences.

Today, QAA has published an update for Access to HE providers to highlight the modified arrangements for the award of the Access to HE Diploma that have been designed to ensure standards continue to be met and present the differences with other level three qualifications that facilitate progression into higher education.

You can read the latest update on our website.