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Access to HE Centres

Access to HE Centres

Information for Recognised Centres

  • Access to HE Diploma details

    Full details of our Access to HE Diplomas, including rules of combination and unit specifications are available to view here.

  • 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. As one of our Centres offering the Access to HE Diploma, you will also have the opportunity to discuss the development of a new Diplomas to suit your Centre and Learner's needs.

  • 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 £27,295 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.

  • Access to HE Calendar of Events

    Please click on the following for The Access to HE Calendar of Events for 2021-22. Please share with your team members and include the dates in your planning for the academic year.

  • Access to HE Statistics

    We are pleased to publish the key statistics for our Access to HE provision for the year 2017-2018, providing a comparison with national data.

    The publication can be downloaded via the Downloads section in the left-hand column.

    Further information on national key statistics published by QAA can be located on their website.

  • Access Administration & Fees

    Registration and Certification Administration

    Guidance for Registration and Certification is issued annually to our approved Centres with details also provided on your online account. However, should you need any help with registrations please contact the Business Support team on 01902 624230 or e-mail

    Registrations Deadlines

    The deadline to submit student registrations is 6 weeks from the start date of the course. Unit selections should be made within 8 weeks of the start date of the course. These are new QAA guidelines that came into place on 1 August 2018, and registrations can only be accepted after these deadline dates for exceptional circumstances.

    Credit exemption, whether resulting from recognition of previously achieved qualifications or credit transfer, must be notified to Open College Network West Midlands through completion and return of ‘Credit Exemption Claim Form (CEC1)’ to prior to learners being registered.


    More detailed information about our fees can be found in the 'Access to HE Fees 2021-22'

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