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Announcement from CAVA CEO

It is with a profound mix of emotions that I share my transition from the role of CEO at CAVA over the next six months. I will be moving on to build my own coaching and consulting business. Serving as the CEO of this fantastic organisation for more[...]

Celebrating the 2022 Outstanding Commitment to Study runner-up

Every year CAVA celebrates our students with the two CAVA awards – the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Study’ award and the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award. Last year we received incredible stories from a[...]

The CAVA Assignment Brief Library

To support our aim in offering highly relevant and valuable Access to HE Diplomas, CAVA is pleased to share that we are growing our package of support for our Access to HE[...]

A guide to the first external moderator visit

As we approach February and March, it’s an important time for CAVA members with the arrival of their first external moderator (EM) visit. This is more than a routine check-in; it’s a[...]

Supporting students with learning barriers: good practice from CAVA members

There are 1.3 million people in England with a learning disability, including over 950,000 adults aged 18 and above. In the past few years, more students are facing additional barriers to their[...]

Implementing QAA’s Subject Descriptor 2024-25: CAVA’s approach

The QAA has introduced a subject descriptor for Access to HE Diplomas in Nursing and Health Professions. The descriptor provides guidance and reference for the design, delivery, validation and review of programmes[...]


In the 2022-23 academic year, CAVA Access to HE Diploma student outcomes were exceptional, however, students who completed the Level 2 Pre-Access qualification prior to completing the Access to HE Diploma did[...]

CAVA conference 2023 reflections

On Friday 1 December, we held our annual CAVA conference. We were delighted to have 90 attendees join us online from CAVA members, Access to HE providers, universities, QAA, and other interested[...]

Lifelong Learning Week

Lifelong learning week was Monday 6 November – Friday 10 November, and here at CAVA we wanted to highlight the learning each CAVA staff member does. We shared each individual post on[...]

Sustainability and Access to HE Diplomas

Last week many people around the country celebrated Green Careers Week, a noteworthy event spanning from 6 to 11 November 2023. This initiative sheds light on emerging technologies and careers with the[...]