Linking London | News | 27 February 2020: Event Report - Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group Meeting

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Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group Meeting

The second Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group meeting of the academic year was held on 27th February 2020 at Birkbeck and was well attended by college and HEI partner representatives.

After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director of Linking London, delegates heard from Michelle Wood, Access to HE Development Co-ordinator at OCN London. Michelle Wood shared the latest developments on the Access to HE diplomas with the group, including new diplomas, a grade scheme review update and medicine subject descriptor update.

Following this a roundtable partner update followed where partners shared information on UCAS data, new access courses, entry requirements and college partners discussed internal progression of Access learners to HE.

After a networking and refreshment break, Andrew Jones introduced the new good practise guide for HE admissions staff for Access to HE Diploma Applicants. This guide, aimed mainly at HE admissions staff, but also useful for tutors and career advisors, will help HEIs ensure Access to HE Diploma applicants are given fair and meaningful offers. This guide can be found on the Partner Area here.

This was followed by a group discussion where delegates discussed HE admissions perspectives on Access to HE Diplomas as an entry route and how best to prepare Access applicants to HE. Delegates were then able to put questions to a university led panel. Discussion included information on entry requirements, admissions processes, personal statements and unconditional offers.

The next meeting will take place on 25th June 2020, 2-4:30pm.

Presentations and meeting note

To view the presentations and meeting note from the day please click here. This link will take you to the partners' area of the website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website. If you do not know your login name and password, then please email


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