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Access to HE

New Access to HE Diplomas

In August 2023, QAA confirmed the changes to the Access to HE Diploma Specification and Grading Scheme to be implemented by AVAs for August 2024. These changes include:

Diploma Specification

  • All students must be registered for at least one 6 or one 9 credit unit as part of their programme of study - this can be graded or ungraded.
  • The maximum number of credits that can be made up from 6 or 9 credit units is 30 credits (graded or ungraded).
  • Introduction of a subject descriptor for Nursing and Health Professions – this will stipulate a minimum number of credits to be achieved from Biology, Level 2 Maths and Professional Behaviours.   

Grade Scheme

  • Introduction of three grading standards to replace the current seven grade descriptors - Knowledge and Understanding; Subject Specific Skills; Transferable Skills. 
  • All three are to be used with every graded unit.   
  • Requirement for all three components for Transferable Skills to be used at least once in the grading of units across the Diploma.

Further information can be found at:

The Review

To ensure all the above changes are applied ready for 2024-25 academic year, we have reviewed all Diplomas and units which are currently apart of our portfolio. This includes the legacy Open College Network West Midlands added to the portfolio following the surrender of the Open College Network West Midlands AVA licence on 31 July 2023 and transition of provision to the AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group AVA license.

The aim of this review has been to create a new portfolio of Diplomas for our providers to deliver. To support the review AIM has considered feedback from centres and moderators including comments suggesting change, identification of content to remain and suggestions for new Diplomas.

Access to HE Diploma titles

We are excited to share with your team, the new portfolio of 46 Access to HE Diploma specifications for registration from the 1st August 2024. To view the draft Diploma specification, please click on the relevant title and you will be able to view the specification for each diploma including the rules of combination.  

If you have any queries related to the diplomas, please do not hesitate to contact and we will be happy to help you with any queries you may have.