We’re all about access.

With a strong social purpose, Skills and Education Group Access provides a high-quality and accessible awarding body service to support the needs of learners, Centres, businesses and communities.

Who We Are

“High quality, responsive and accessible”

Skills and Education Group Access is an Access Validating Agency (AVA). We are here to provide high-quality, responsive and accessible Access to Higher Education Diplomas that recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences.

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Access to HE Diplomas

A second chance

Access to HE Diplomas are designed specifically to maximise a student’s chance of securing their place in higher education. They are developed in partnership with higher education institutions and further education experts to offer students a second chance towards obtaining the skills needed to go on to study for a degree at university.

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Already a Skills and Education Group Access Centre?

Skills and Education Group Access has a dedicated team to support our Access to HE Centres.


We’re available to discuss Access to HE developments and will visit staff in Centres on invitation.

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Want to become an Access to HE Centre?

To discuss any aspect of delivering Access to HE,
please contact us here or on 0115 854 1620.

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“Now I know what my
future holds.”

Andrea Lake’s journey to success as an Access to HE graduate

If you had asked me this time last year how I would spend the next 12 months, I honestly would never have been able to give you a reply. I was completely without direction. I had worked in admin for most of my adult life and this was no longer proving stimulating. I desperately needed a challenge.

It was sheer luck which led me to apply for the Access to HE Humanities and Social Science Diploma at Doncaster College at the end of August 2012. I loved it! The lecturers were passionate about their subjects and they really made you think about different topics.

I have had so much fun on the Access to HE Diploma but more importantly feel that it has given me a firm foundation for my future.