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An update and further information on how your Access to HE qualification will be awarded this year

17 April 2020

There has been an update from the Government around how vocational and technical qualifications are going to be awarded and we just wanted to share this with you so that you are aware.

The QAA, which is the awarding body for the Access to HE Diploma, has now published guidance for students around how it plans to calculate and award grades.

This guidance sets out what work will be included in its assessment, what other information will help to form the final grade you are awarded, as well providing answers to a list of questions QAA expects learners to have.

Due to the complexity of the vocational and technical qualification landscape, there won’t be a single approach for all areas. However, the Government has indicated that results will draw on a range of evidence, depending on the structure of the qualifications.

There isn’t lots of detail available yet, however the latest update from the Government has made it clear that vocational and technical qualifications will be given the same priority as GCSEs and A Levels.

The full guidance issued last week can be found here under Access to HE Diploma: Guidance for learners around awards for summer 2020.

QAA will also be running information sessions for students that you can watch online and ask questions from the 20 April to 1 May between 10.00-11:00am. You can register for these webinars here.

We will continue to work alongside Government and QAA advice and will share further information as soon as it is available. If you have any questions, please speak to your tutors, but be advised they will not be able to discuss your grades with you as they will need to ensure the integrity of the process.