Is the Access to Higher Education Diploma a recognised qualification?

Yes, all of our Access to Higher Education courses are fully accredited by Certa (the trading name of Open College Network Yorkshire and Humber Region).

While some qualifications, such as GCSEs and A Levels are regulated by Ofqual, all Access to Higher Education Diplomas are regulated by the same agency as university degree courses, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). The QAA license Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) like Certa Access to develop Access to Higher Education Courses and monitor providers like Academy Online Learning to ensure high quality provision and a robust diploma trusted by universities.


About Our Awarding Body

Certa Access is the brand name of Open College Network Yorkshire and Humber Region (OCNYHR). You can see Certa is listed as an Access Validating Agency here

Certa Access has a more than 30 year history of providing Access to HE to centres.

Certa Awards has merged into SEG Awards, which is licensed by Ofqual to deliver non-Access qualifications. Certa Access and Certa Awards are a part of the Skills and Education Group and although they are a separate legal entities, they continue to have a close relationship.