Access to HE – Exciting Developments Coming Soon

It's the time of the year when you start to look ahead to the next academic year. A part of this may involve reviewing the support you receive from your AVA. Each year the Ascentis Access to HE team work collaboratively with our centres and HEIs to look at ways to enhance our Access to HE offer. This ensures we meet any changing demands and we always provide what learners, centres and HEIs require. As a result of this, we have some exciting developments in the pipeline. Watch this space for an announcement coming soon.

UK’s Number 1 Access Validating Agency (AVA)

With over 45 years’ experience and being the UK’s largest AVA we are proud to offer a diverse portfolio of over 25 diplomas titles. These cover critical subjects including Nursing & Midwifery, Health & Social Care, Allied Health Professions, Counselling & Psychology, Paramedic Science, Business, Engineering, Education, Computing, Practitioner in Substance Misuse, Policing & Criminal Justice and many more.

Why Choose Ascentis Access to HE?

Blended Learning – We offer various online units which are accompanied by interactive resources and workbooks to aid blended delivery, providing flexibility to you and your learners. The online subject sets are:

• Biology

• Professional Health Care Practices

• Social Issues in Health Care

• Psychology

• Study Skills

*We are currently developing online content, resources and workbooks for other subjects, which will be available soon.


Moderation Model – We offer a bespoke Quality Assurance Model, which allows us to tailor our resources and support to your Centre’s individual requirements.


Tailored Diplomas – Our subjects have a range of units to choose from making it simple for you to individualise Diplomas to your learners’ needs and career aspirations.


Recruitment of Learners – We understand the challenges around recruitment for Access to HE courses. Taking this into consideration, we have developed a Recruitment Pack containing a range of Marketing Materials to support with student recruitment.


Pre-Access – At Ascentis we have an extensive suite of Pre-access qualifications, covering a range of academic areas, and designed to help learners make an informed choice about their career and prepare them for study at Level 3. Our Pre-Access qualifications are available as Certificates, Extended Certificates and Diplomas, giving you and your learners extra flexibility. Click here to find out more about Pre-Access.


Continuous Development – At Ascentis we are advocates of Lifelong Learning and are constantly seeking feedback from Centres and industry experts on our Access to HE Diplomas. We do this to refine and enhance our Diplomas to ensure they meet the needs of tutors, learners, HE providers and employers.

What do our Customers Say?

Click the video to watch The City of Liverpool College discuss the benefits of delivering Access to HE with us.

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Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information or to register your interest in Ascentis Access to HE. To contact us please click here

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