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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and information

Update for students - 25 September 2020


The COVID-19 outbreak is the most significant challenge we have all faced in at least a generation. QAA’s priority is to ensure that we continue to support Access to HE Diploma students during the pandemic.


We know that the current environment continues to be a challenging one, and we want all students to be supported as effectively as possible. Access to HE providers are adapting to new ways of delivery and assessment. They are developing materials to help you get the most out of your learning so you can be prepared for progression into higher education, training or employment. There are also procedures in place to allow you to request extensions to deadlines and to let your course provider know if there are circumstances that are affecting your academic performance.


You will receive grades for all graded units you complete and these grades are provisional until they are confirmed by the Final Awards Board. No estimated grades will be awarded.

It is QAA’s priority to ensure you receive fair and robust results and that the distribution of grades this year follow a similar pattern to the grades received in previous years. Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) will continue to support course providers in implementing robust quality assurance mechanisms to ensure consistency is applied across all Access to HE Diplomas awarded.


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More detailed information about arrangements for the award and assessment of the Access to HE Diploma 2020-21 has also been published. We will continue to provide updates in the COVID-19 support and information section of this website.


We will be offering a series of webinars during w/c 28 September 2020 which will explain the arrangements for the award of QAA-recognised Access to HE Diplomas in 2020-21 and provide an opportunity for students to feedback on the arrangements. They can be booked on our website.


You can also read our FAQs.


If you need help or further support, please speak contact QAA officers at