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Moving onto Higher Education after your Access to HE Diploma

Your Access to HE Diploma course is the perfect preparation for the next step - moving onto a degree level course.

Different universities will have different requirements

If you have a particular university destination in mind, it is  important to check what areas of study the university expects Access to HE students to have covered, and what grades they will expect you to achieve on the Access to HE Diploma, for you to be offered a place on your preferred course.  

You can check entry requirements for particular course(s) by looking at universities' prospectuses or websites, or by checking their Entry Profiles, listed on the UCAS course search.

Different universities' requirements for Access to HE students' achievement vary. More popular courses may require higher grades and some university courses receive applications from many more students than they can offer places to. It is therefore wise to consider courses offered by a variety of different universities and, if at all possible, to apply to courses at several different places.

Access to HE Diploma and the UCAS Tariff

The current (2013) specification, implemented in September 2014, has increased the consistency of structure and volume of academic content in Access to HE Diplomas. This, coupled with the new approach to the UCAS Tariff, which uses a qualification's size and grades, means that Access to HE is therefore included in the new UCAS Tariff tables, which will be used for entry from September 2017.

This means, only Access to HE students starting a higher education programme in September 2017, who have studied the 2013 specification (available from September 2014 onwards) will be able to use the new UCAS Tariff system.

Further information is available on the UCAS website:

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