Access to Higher Education Diploma 2020-21: Results, UCAS, Appeals and Feedback

Congratulations class of 2020-21

On behalf of everyone at CAVA we would like to congratulate all those who have completed their Access to Higher Education Diploma. CAVA will be issuing your certificates and transcripts to your colleges on 26 July, which will then be forwarded to you. CAVA will also share your final grades with UCAS to support your progression into higher education. We wish you the very best with your next steps. 
Below you will find more information about how to share your feedback, how to appeal, the UCAS tariff, and how to stay in touch.


CAVA strives to ensure that our Access to HE courses meet student needs, which is why we are seeking feedback from all those who have completed their course this year. When you receive your certificate and transcript, you will also receive a letter which will include a link to complete our student survey. Your input will inform our work with our colleges to improve the student experience. Everyone who completes the survey and leaves their contact details will be entered into a draw for a prize of £50.

Appeal of grades

When you receive your grades, if you believe that you have grounds for an appeal then please contact your course leader. They will support you in identifying the grounds for your appeal, gathering the relevant information and they can submit an appeals form to CAVA on your behalf. This will be considered by a CAVA appeals panel and your college will inform you of the outcome.
The grounds for appeal about grades are restricted to:
  • evidence of administrative error in the assessment process
  • extenuating circumstances that, for good reason, could not be notified prior to the awards board.

CAVA will hold four grade appeals boards as follows:
  • 20 July 2021
  • 9 August 2021
  • 23 August 2021
  • 1 September 2021

UCAS Tariff

There is a tariff calculator on the UCAS website to enable students to calculate any combination of Access to HE grades:
UCAS have a useful video which explains how the tariff works on their website:

The table below gives a few examples of grade combinations achievable on the Access to HE Diploma and the equivalent UCAS points.  The full table for all qualifications is available for download on the UCAS website.  The Access to HE table is on page 153. 

Pass  credits Merit credits Distinction credits Tariff points A Level tariff point example
45 0 0 48 EEE (or single A grade A-level)
30 15 0 64 DDE (or two grade C A-levels)
15 15 15 96 CCC
0 45 0 96 CCC
0 30 15 112 BBC
0 15 30 128 ABB
0 0 45 144 AAA


Stay in touch

We have a CAVA alumni group on LinkedIn <> where you can keep in touch with classmates and network with other CAVA Access to HE Diploma students. We really encourage you to use this space to share stories about your progression to higher education, and your career aspirations.