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Good Practice from Standards Management: Lincoln College

Each year QAA releases a benchmark for their expected achievement rate for Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas. Over the past four years it has been 78.4%. At CAVA, we pride ourselves on our above national average achievement rates, including a few colleges that have courses which are[...]

Good Practice from Standards Management: West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College has consistently demonstrated good practice in supporting their students’ achievement, particularly in their Access to HE Diploma (Counselling) course. Over the past three years, they have achieved an impressive[...]

Preparing for an Access to HE Diploma

September is fast approaching, which means a new cohort of Access to HE Diploma students are about to start their course. If that is you, then this is a fantastic opportunity for[...]

Hartpury University and Hartpury College Awards

Hartpury College has implemented a fantastic way of celebrating their staff members, by introducing their own internal staff awards – the Hartpury Students’ Union StAR Awards. They have a variety of categories[...]

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[...]

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated on June 23rd each year to recognise the achievements of women in engineering and to encourage more girls and young women to consider engineering as[...]

Recruitment and retention of male students under 24 years of age in Access to Higher Education

QAA’s 2021-2022 statistics demonstrate that only 23% of students entering the Access to HE diploma are men. This low representation is presented around the nation across all Access to HE Diplomas. Despite[...]

Reviewing the validity of assessments

Access Validating Agencies are required by QAA to ensure that Access to HE Diploma assessments are appropriate for the delivery method and for the demand required, and facilitate valid assessment of student[...]

CAVA conference 2022

On Friday 2 December we held our annual CAVA conference, once again in person. It was a real delight to have our 84 attendees join us in Cambridge, to feel the energy[...]

Key insights from the Association of Colleges Annual Conference 2022

The AoC annual conference took place at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham across two full days on 15 and 16 November. CAVA’s Deputy CEO Emily Ross and Communications and Events Officer[...]