Join CAVA

Contact our team today and we will be more than happy to discuss how we can bring our tailor-made Access to HE Diplomas to your college.

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Join CAVA

Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Like A levels, they are full level 3 qualifications. Around 40,000 students take Access to HE courses each year in the UK, and gain a recognised entry route to university.

Our mission: to facilitate fair access and aid social mobility by validating relevant and high quality Access to HE provision that will increase the opportunities for non-traditional learners to study at university.


Our commitment to the Access to Higher Education Diploma

Cambridge Access Validating Agency is the only awarding body in the UK whose sole focus is the development of high quality Access to Higher Education Diplomas, offering adults (without the relevant formal qualifications) the opportunity to go to university.

As a result, our student pass rates are more than 10% above the national average. Furthermore, by developing our tailor-made Diplomas in partnership with many leading universities across the country, every year 8 out of 10 of our students progress to Higher Education courses.


CAVA pass rate chart


A personal approach

Cambridge Access Validating Agency has a small, dedicated team who specialise in assuring high quality Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We pride ourselves on: working closely with our member colleges; having the support of a network of highly-regarded universities; making regular visits to, and having face-to-face meetings with, our Access to HE providers.  We are just a phone call away and you will always know who you’re speaking with on the phone should you need our support.

Meet the team

Testimonials

Antony Wright
I just wanted to drop you an email to say a HUGE thank you… The teams here are so positive with regard to yesterday’s moderation visit and really have felt that it was a supportive, developmental and collaborative experience.  It was so great to get that feedback at 8am this morning!  I am, of course, hoping it was the same for you guys…!!!
Antony Wright Director of Adult and Higher Education, Bournemouth and Poole College
External Moderator
This was my first year working with CAVA and I have to say I am mightily impressed. I have been an external at other organizations and I have to say, the level of efficiency and organization with CAVA is next to none! Everything was explained, and not in horrible jargon and acronyms, but actual words that were explained and mean something! How CAVA works with the college, too, is so refreshing… a confident team at the college + a confident CAVA = a more than confident external examiner.
External Moderator
Val Purton
I’ve never worked for an organisation before which is so ready with personal help: it’s wonderful to know that I can pick up the phone and speak to one of you whenever I need to. You should give yourselves a great pat on the back for your approachability!
Val Purton External Moderator

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Join a growing community of Member Institutions

CAVA has over 3000 students studying one of 93 bespoke Access to HE courses at more than 30 colleges nationwide. We are also partnered with a number of leading universities across the country. Learn more about our courses, colleges and HE Partnerships.


 Join CAVA

Contact our team today and we will be more than happy to discuss how we can bring our tailor-made Access to HE Diplomas to your college.

Contact CAVA