About AVAs and the AVA review method
What are AVAs?
Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) develop, approve and monitor Access to HE courses. They are licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to act as awarding bodies and award the Access to HE Diplomas to successful students.
AVAs do not deliver Access to HE courses themselves; colleges and other educational providers do this on their behalf.
QAA regulates AVAs through its Recognition Scheme and is responsible for assuring quality of recognised Access to HE courses and the adequacy of standards of student achievement on these courses.
How are AVAs funded and how many courses do they offer?
Funding for AVAs comes through several channels, though most of them use combinations of membership subscriptions and learner registration fees.
There are 11 AVAs across England and Wales. Between them, the AVAs are responsible for the oversight of over 1,000 Access to HE courses, most of which are delivered in further education colleges.
For further information about AVAs, and to read their review reports, please see the AVA profiles.