Access to Higher Education diploma

Why AIMAccess to HE logo

Not all Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) are the same. At AIM we offer: 

Flexibility in assessment

Unlike many other AVAs AIM does not mandate the number of assignments or the assessment methods used to assess learners. This means you can choose to use, for example, a 3,000-word assessment or a professional discussion. It just needs to meet the assessment criteria.

In a unit specification we do not mandate the number of assessments. Centres can decide whether one or more assignments are needed. This creates the opportunity for tutors to be innovative and use holistic and smart assessment.


Flexible moderation model

  • Centre leads will work with centres to adopt a diploma/subject moderation model which best suits them.

  • Remote moderation may be undertaken (by agreement). 

  • We moderate on a random sample of work so centres don’t have to spend time collecting and sending all learner work. 


All AIM centres have free use of our web-based grade tracking system. Tutors can input their unit grades and email them directly to the student whenever they like. GradeTraka will inform the student of their grades and UCAS points so they can check if they are on track to achieve. At certification time, the RACs (recommendation of award of credit) are generated from GradeTraka which reduces time.


Free eLearning study skills courses

After undertaking an extensive review we have developed a new package of support materials to improve engagement and enhance the student learning journey.
This unique package is only available for AIM centres.
Topics cover:

  • Research and Referencing
  • IT for Academic Study
  • Producing a Written Assignment  (see sample)
  • Progression Skills
  • Preparing for a Controlled Assessment
  • Presentation Skills (see sample)
  • Using Microsoft Word (see sample)

Included in the package are a number of formative assessment tools to check learning and understanding. This includes multiple choice questions, drag and drops, embedded videos and more. As a tutor you will be able to log in and check a student’s progress and gauge their understanding.

Find out more by emailing Tim.Cook@aim-group.org.uk