The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification, licensed by the QAA and accepted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Access to Higher Education Diplomas:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Art, Design & Media
  • Business
  • Business with English
  • Business with Mathematics
  • Business with Technology
  • Childhood Studies
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Counselling & Psychology *
  • Creative Arts *
  • Education Professions
  • Engineering Science
  • Food Technology *
  • Forensic Science *
  • Health & Social Care Professions
  • Health Sciences and Well-being
  • Humanities
  • Humanities with Mathematics
  • Journalism and Media *
  • Law *
  • Land Based Studies *
  • Learning Disability *
  • Midwifery *
  • Music Technology and Production *
  • Nursing *
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Paramedic Studies *
  • Policing and Criminal Justice *
  • Primary Teaching
  • Radiography *
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Sports Studies
  • Tourism *
  • Web Design and Digital Media *

(We offer 2 structures for our diplomas. * Refers to Access Model 2 - Please contact the Commercial Team for further information)

To view the Access to Higher Education Diploma Rules of Combination click here


If you wish to download a copy of any  Access to HE specification and the corresponding assignment briefs and are already a registered centre with Ascentis you can download from Quartz Web.  Further information about how to access them and use Quartz Web can be found here. If you require access to Quartz Web please email [email protected].

Who are these qualifications for?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is for learners aged 19+ who do not have the qualifications required to enter HE. Each year around 30,000 learners in the UK take Access programmes and many go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.

Click here to read a learners review on Access to HE.


Why should I choose Ascentis?

  • Free training for your staff
  • Over 30 Diploma titles to choose from
  • Assignment briefs are provided
  • Subject expert moderators
  • Designated account manager
  • Minimal administration
  • Pre-Access Qualifications
  • Networking opportunities with other centres
  • Marketing materials provided to assist with recruitment
  • Attendance at Open Evenings


Where can my learners go from here?

Our qualifications are designed to allow learners to study at degree level.


How do I get started?

For more information on how to deliver our Access to HE qualifications, or to move your Access to HE provision to Ascentis, or to request a visit to your centre, please contact Melanie Porritt on 01524 845046. Alternatively you can email Melanie by clicking here