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Latest update on Access to HE - March/April

Latest update on Access to HE - March / April 2022


The Access Team hope that the first part of the Spring Term has been good for all Centres.

Although COVID restrictions have now been lifted, we are reminded that it has not gone away completely. Therefore, the ERF arrangements still remain in place. Should any adaptations to delivery mode, assessment methodology and/or units delivered, need to be implemented, please add these to your existing adaptation form from 2020-21 and submit to Any adaptations need to be approved by the AVA prior to being implemented.


Diploma Review and Revalidation

Since the last newsletter, the Access team has been focusing on the Diploma revalidation programme and has recently held validation panels. The AVA is now updating programmes on Quartz and our website ready for specifications and updates to be available to Centres by mid-April.

As a reminder the following Diplomas are included in the revalidation plan for 2021-22:

  • Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics)
  • Access to HE Diploma (English Studies)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Health Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Humanities)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Radiography)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and English Studies)
  • Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

The Review and Revalidation would not have been possible without the support of our Curriculum Area Moderators and Centres who contributed to the working groups and panels, and the contribution from HEIs. The collaboration has led to changes to the specifications enhancing the relevance of the content and assisting in supporting a wider range of progression routes. The Access to HE team would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all parties involved for their support and contributions and look forward to the next round of review and revalidation commencing in the summer.


Access to HE Brian May Learner Awards

Judging has commenced for The Brian May Access to HE Learner Awards after receiving over 30 nominations across the categories of Outstanding Achievement and Outstanding Commitment to Study. Awards of £600 are to be made to the successful winners. Judging will be completed in April with winners invited to attend a virtual award ceremony with their tutor and guests on Tuesday 10th May 2022, at Wolverhampton Racecourse (Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton). We are delighted that we will be joined by past Access to HE Learners who will be sharing their experiences of Access to HE and beyond!


Interim Moderation and Standardisation

Since the last newsletter, Centres and Curriculum Area Moderators have been engaged in activity relating to Interim Moderation Part B. Moving forward the AVA will be updating the information and documentation for Final Moderation and Final Award Boards (FABs). Meanwhile, Centres are in the process of submitting samples in preparation for the AVA’s Access to HE Standardisation Events. The activities will be available for remote completion in April with Centres invited to a feedback session on Thursday 26th May 10.00-11.30am via Zoom. Thank you to Centres who have forwarded samples.


Training and Support

All arranged AVA training sessions have now taken place. If you or your staff were unable to attend but would like to discuss any further opportunities between now and the summer, please contact the Access team at to discuss options for bespoke sessions.

The Access team’s weekly Drop-in Support Clinics will continue to operate via Zoom. These are opportunities to speak with a member of the team in addition to the usual email and telephone communication modes.



The AVA has continued to promote the Access to HE Diplomas available and benefits of studying one through its social media platforms. Where relevant, there has been engagement with key awareness events such as National Careers Week, International Day of Women and Girls in Science and World Book Day. The promotion of learners’ experiences through case studies is always inspirational. Thank you to Centres whose learners have agreed to their stories being shared. If your learners would like to become a case study, please contact the Access team for further details. Our current case studies can be accessed here.


The Access team wish all Centres a positive and fruitful Spring term and look forward to working with all.

Pam Stanway, Laura Walker and Andrea Lake.

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