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Access to Higher Education


Access to HE Diploma details
Full details of our Access to HE Diplomas, including rules of combination and unit specifications are available on the password protected section of our website here.
New Centres are routinely set up with a login password during the approval process.  However, if you are a new Centre and still require a login password, please register on our Login page and we will send you your password. 
What does Access to HE involve?
Learners are required to achieve a total of 60 credits in order to be awarded an Access to HE Diploma. 45 of the 60 credits come from Level 3 units which are graded as pass, merit or distinction.  In this way HE providers can use a learner’s grade profile to establish particular strengths.
We have ready-made off the shelf Diplomas that can simply be selected and used immediately. Alternately, as one of our Centres offering the Access to HE Diploma you can also choose to build your own tailored Diploma Course from our extensive range of subject unit banks.  We will check that your course is compliant with the regulations before approving it.  Once approved, you are free to start recruiting and registering learners.
Advanced Learner Loans
All our Access to HE Diplomas are approved for public funding via the Advanced Learning Loan now from 19 years +.  This means that your learners can use the loan to cover the cost of the tuition fees for the course.
The good news is that if a learner progresses to  to Higher Education and completes a degree course, their loan for study on the Access to HE Diploma will be written off.  Otherwise the loan is paid back when the learner completes their Access to HE Diploma and earns more than £21,000 a year, at a rate of 9% of any income earned over this amount.
Participation in our Access Validating Agency Events
We hold a range of events throughout the year and regularly distribute our Access to HE Newsletter to all our centres with important updates about our provision, support and important dates for your diary.  In particular, Access Co-ordinators are reminded that attendance at our Coordinator Forum meetings is essential for keeping up to date with the latest developments regarding Access to HE.
Online Access to HE Diplomas
If you are interested in completing an online Access to HE Diploma, please view our Online Access to HE Diplomas page.
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