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Access Recognition and Licensing Committee

The Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC) is a committee of the QAA Board, which has overall responsibility for the operation and development of the Recognition Scheme. ARLC membership includes representatives from further and higher education, and former Access to HE graduates. It is chaired by a member of the QAA Board. For current membership details, please see the ARLC register of members' interests (PDF 131 KB).

The ARLC meets its responsibilities in the following ways:

  • it sets the conditions that organisations must meet to be licensed as Access Validating Agencies (AVAs)
  • it decides how QAA will monitor AVAs
  • it considers reports from review teams and makes recommendations to the QAA Board about the award and continuation of AVA licences
  • it monitors AVAs through an annual monitoring process
  • it makes decisions about the development of the Access to HE qualification.

The ARLC is assisted by two expert advisory groups, the Access Qualification Development Group (AQDG) and the Access Data Development Group, which both report to the ARLC.

For more information, please see the full terms of reference of the ARLC.