Congratulations Class of 2022-23

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 24 July, which will then be forwarded to you. This is the earliest date that results, certificates and transcripts can be released.  Each college will distribute in their own way, for more information on your college, please contact them directly. CAVA will also share your final grades with UCAS on 24 July to support your progression into higher education. UCAS will take a few business days before releasing your results to universities, after this point this will become visible on your account.   We wish you the very best with your next steps. 

CAVA wants to hear from you!

Here is our student survey, we would love to hear your input - Everyone who completes the survey and leaves their contact details will be entered into a draw for a prize of £50. We value your input and use it to inform our work with our providers to improve the student experience.  When you receive your certificate and transcript, you will also receive a letter which will include the link to the survey. 

Appeal of grades

When you receive your grades, if you believe that you have grounds for appealing your results  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. There are only two grounds for appeal, no other reason will be considered. The possible reasons are as follows:
    • 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:
  • 19 July 2023
  • 9 August 2023
  • 21 August 2023
  • 4 September 2023
Please contact your college before these dates, if you wish to submit an appeal.


UCAS Tariff

There is a tariff calculator on the UCAS website to enable students to calculate the UCAS points for any combination of Access to HE grades. UCAS also has a useful video which explains how the tariff system works.   Below are a few examples of grade combinations achievable on the Access to HE Diploma and the equivalent UCAS points. 
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
  The full table for all qualifications is available for download on the UCAS website.    

Stay in touch

We have a CAVA alumni group on LinkedIn and Facebook,  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. We are always looking for students to write case studies about, inspiring future students and highlighting your achievements.  If you’d be interested in sharing your story, please email 



What should I do if I haven’t got my results?

You will receive your results directly from your college. If by 1 August you haven’t received them, contact your college directly for further information. 

What should I do if I didn’t get the grades I wanted?

If you didn’t achieve the grades you were hoping for, contact your chosen university directly. From 5 July - 17 October universities and colleges use the  clearing system. If courses have available places, they will offer them to students who didn’t meet the requirements. Find out more on the UCAS clearing page.


How can I explain what an Access to HE Diploma is to a university?

The Access to HE Diploma is a full level 3 qualification, equivalent to A Levels, which prepares students for studying at university. It is designed for people who would like to study in higher education but who left school without sufficient qualifications. If your university would like more information, please direct them to our website.