Access Progression Pathways Project

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					Access on the MOVE
- the important and expanding role of the Access to HE
Diploma in widening participation.

Jill Cox, Quality & Development Officer, CAVA
What is the Access to HE Diploma?

   19 + return to learn qualification
   Full Level 3, usually one year full-time
   1700 programmes delivered in FE
   Huge and expanding range of subject areas
   60 credits, unitised system
   QAA recognised, 15 licensed AVAs
   Government targets for HE need adults to sign
    up – environment ripe for development of

o   Established in 1970s, A Level model
o   1987 White Paper – expand Access provision
o   1989 National Framework for Access, HEFCE
o   1997 transferred to QAA
o    Wider range of programmes
o    Opportunities for the future

Major Updates

   Full implementation of QAA recognised
    Access Diploma
   Development of new QAA website and
   National standardised recognition scheme
   Guidance for HE admissions staff
Grading the Diploma 2009/10

   New national common grading system
   Grading decisions made with reference to
    standard descriptors approved by QAA
   Students awarded grade profiles – no overall
   HE to make grade based offers
   Inclusion in UCAS automated systems
   No plan as yet to join UCAS tariff system
Access Students

   Learners getting younger (53% 19-29 years)
   Gender imbalance (74% female)
   Part time provision is declining
   Numbers declining in last 4 years – 41,000 in
    2003/4, 36,000 in 2006/7,
   Over 75% who achieve the Diploma go on to
    HE in the subsequent year (CAVA)
   MOVE Access Research Project for East of
New Regional Development

   MOVE funded project. First Land-based
    Access Diplomas validated.

   Easton College, Otley College, College of
    West Anglia and West Suffolk College
    designed courses in collaboration with CAVA.

   7 new Diplomas - Core units with pathways in
    Animal Studies, Agriculture, Agricultural
    Technology, Equine Studies, Horticulture,
    Landscape Design, and Sustainability.

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