QAA has issued a communication confirming that learners with a planned completion date of or before 31 July 2020 will be awarded a graded Diploma based on the assessment they have already completed, with calculated grades for all remaining assessments that have submission dates after 20 March 2020. See the QAA document on calculating grades for the award of the Access to HE Diploma for further details.

Access to HE Results in Summer 2020

Your Access to HE results will be released to your college at 10am on Monday 13 July. We have asked your college to send your results onto you on the same day. Please contact your college’s exams department or Access Coordinator if you do not receive your results by end of 13 July.

After results have been received, an appeal can be made by a centre on behalf of a learner or by a learner directly following the appeals processThe deadline for making appeals was Monday 27 July 2020. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification designed to give people the knowledge and skills needed to study in higher education.

The qualification aims to:

  • prepare adults who do not have the necessary qualifications to enter university;
  • offer a general introduction to study skills and key areas of knowledge within the subject(s) taken;
  • help people to become independent, self-directed learners and prepare them for the demands of undergraduate study;
  • offer a positive and supportive learning experience where people can build their skills and confidence.

You can learn more about the Diploma by reading our Access to HE learner guide then you can find out which colleges near you offer our Diplomas and attend an open day.

Applying to Higher Education as an adult

Guidance produced in partnership with Linking London. You can go through this guidance as an interactive online course or by accessing specific sections below

What is Access to HE?

Access to HE guide for learners

 

Subject Guides

Open days

Open days are a great opportunity to find out more about the Access to HE Diploma and the courses and facilities available at providers. You can find out when open days are taking place by checking the provider's website or giving them a call. Some of our centres have let us know when their upcoming open days are taking place and these are listed below with links to their websites where you can find out more.

To find out which providers are holding open days please click here.

Funding your studies

We strongly recommend that you seek advice and information on funding your studies before embarking on a course. It is important to discuss your situation with the college well in advance. Having the right information will help you to make a realistic assessment of the financial commitment required to complete your studies. The Money Advice Service is a free and impartial money advice website set up by the government, which is recommended for advice about budgeting and funding your studies.

Advanced Learning Loans 

From 1 August 2016, everyone aged 19 and over who is studying for a qualification at Level 3 (‘A’ level standard) to Level 6 now has the opportunity to fund their course fees upfront in approved colleges and training providers in England through an Advanced Learner Loan.  You can apply for a loan to meet the costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to your college on your behalf. If you don’t take out a loan, you will be expected to pay for the course costs yourself.

 

Important Information

If you complete an Access to HE Diploma and then complete a Student Finance England funded higher education course (for example, Bachelor's degree, Foundation degree or Higher National), then you will not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access to HE Diploma course. For further information, visit the government website on Advanced Learner Loans or the Money Advice Service.

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

Progression agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London
OCN London has signed a progression agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for our Access learners to degree programmes. As part of the agreement Goldsmiths provides a range of admission and progression benefits for OCN London Access learners across all departments. Further information on specific courses can be found using the link above.

Partnership agreement with London South Bank University
OCN London has signed a partnership agreement with London South Bank University (LSBU) to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for our Access learners to degree programmes. As part of the agreement LSBU provides a range of admission and progression benefits for OCN London Access learners which will include guaranteed conditional offers at lower admissions requirements than their standard offer across courses in six Schools.

Progression  agreement with London Institute of Banking and Finance
OCN London has signed a progression agreement with the London Institute of Banking and Finance to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for our Access learners to their undergraduate degree programmes in Banking & Finance and Finance, Investment & Risk. LIBF also offers support for colleges and Access students interested in pursuing a career in banking and finance.