About us

This website is owned and maintained by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

QAA has managed the scheme for the recognition and quality assurance of Access to HE courses since 1997. We work to make sure that Access to HE courses provide a good preparation for higher education for adult students, and that the standard for the award of Access to HE Diplomas is maintained across England and Wales.

QAA licenses Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) to validate Access to HE courses and award Access to HE Diplomas to students. QAA has a remit from government for this work, and Access to HE courses must be recognised by QAA in order to be eligible for public funding.

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