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Access to HE Certificate of Achievement

If you require formal accreditation for the Units your are planning to study (such as may be required by a University), please contact us to discuss your options.

Unit Accreditation involves studying part of a recognised Access Diploma.

You are awarded an Access to HE Certificate of Achievement for the Modules you complete.

What can I study?

You can choose the Units you wish to study but the combination must fit within the specifications of one of our full Access to HE Diplomas.

If you have already completed an Access Diploma elsewhere, the Diploma the Units you wish to study fit within must be different from any Diploma already studied. This is because the QAA rules state that you cannot use a course such as this to try to improve your grades for a Unit already studied.

If you need assistance or advice as to which one to choose, we are here to help. The list below shows all the Units we provide within our Access to HE Diploma framework.

  • Biology
    • Introduction to Cell Biology
    • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles
    • Homeostasis, Co-ordination and Control and the Excretory Systems
    • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-intestinal Systems
    • Human Reproductive Biology
    • Aspects of Human Physiology
    • Planning a Practical Investigation
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • Chemistry
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • Core Principles of Chemistry
    • Further Organic Chemistry
    • Planning a Practical Investigation
  • Criminology
    • Introduction to Criminology
    • Theories and Perspectives in Criminology
    • Contemporary Issues in Criminology
    • Forensic Science and the Reliability of Evidence
    • Planning a Practical Investigation
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • Developmental
    • Study Skills
    • Further Study Skills
    • Academic Writing Skills
  • Education Theory and Practice
    • Introduction to Education Theory and Practice
    • Practical Applications - Planning and Delivery
    • The Role of Play in Child Development
    • Planning a Practical Investigation
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • English Language and Literature
    • Introduction to English Language and Literature - Language Analysis
    • Analysis of the Novel
    • A Thematic Approach to Poetry
    • Analysis of Short Stories
    • Academic Skills
    • Planning a Practical Investigation
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • English Level 2
    • Basic Principles in English Language
  • Law
    • Introduction to Law Making
    • The English Legal System
    • The Law of Tort
    • Criminal Law
    • Planning a Research Project
  • Mathematics Level 2
    • Basic Principles in Mathematics
  • Physics
    • Introduction to Physics
    • Applied Physics - Radiology
    • Applied Physics - Medical Uses of Radioisotopes
  • Psychology
    • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour
    • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics
    • Theories of Aggression
    • Planning a Practical Investigation
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • Social Issues in Healthcare
    • Introduction to Issues in Health and Social Care
    • Health and Social Care Provision
    • Mental Health and Well-being
    • Mental Health Issues
    • Social Work and the Older Person
    • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Planning a Research Project
  • Sports Coaching and Fitness
    • Introduction to Sports Coaching and Leadership
    • Nutrition for Sport
    • Sports Psychology
    • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
    • Fitness
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation

Who are Unit Accreditation courses for?

Unit Accreditation courses are adaptable and flexible so you can choose how many Units to over a range of subjects. The key difference between these courses and the DistanceLearningCentre.com Bespoke Courses is that these are fully accredited. They are most commonly studied when a university requires additional study but are not asking for a full Access to HE Diploma. This may be because you:

  • have achieved previous qualifications, such as a degree or 'A'-levels in different subject areas and need evidence of recent study in a specialist area in which you don't have previous qualifications
  • have studied an Access to HE Diploma elsewhere and the university is asking for additional credits, or credits in a subject area which was not included in your Diploma.
  • are looking to develop your career or go for a promotion
  • wish to use the course to test out whether a particular career change is right for you

How do I study?

Our Unit Accreditation courses are delivered completely online. This means that you can study when it suits you, your family, and your job. With our learning materials and your own personal tutor, you will have the one-to-one support and guidance that you need to succeed when studying this course.

When can I start?

You can start when it suits you: just like studying with us, our enrolments are flexible too.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no set entry requirements for this course.

You need to have a UK residential address to study this qualification (you can be posted overseas). If you are currently resident outside the UK you need to be able to provide proof of UK residency before the end of the course. In this case, please advise us of this when you apply for the course.

Is this course accredited?

All of our Unit Accreditation courses are fully accredited by recognised awarding bodies, who are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the official regulator for Access to HE. Unit Accreditation fall within exactly the same framework as Access to HE Diplomas as they are basically classed as an Access Diploma which is not fully completed. This means that they are accepted by the majority of universities and Higher Education Institutions in the UK.

How do I learn?

For every unit you study you will be given access to its tailored learning materials: because they are written by us, you can be sure that they will teach you what you need to succeed on your assessments. They are more than a textbook – they guide you through your learning and support you so that you're fully prepared for each assessment. You will complete tasks, answer questions (with model answers that you can check), and will be given all the tools needed to achieve the highest grades possible.

How am I assessed?

You are assessed through tutor-assessed coursework throughout your course, which may include exams that will take place over Skype. Our assessments have been both internally and externally verified, meaning that they have been checked to make sure they are consistent, fair and robust. Importantly, they give everybody the same opportunities to succeed. Our internal verification process is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that every tutor is marking, grading and giving formative and developmental feedback in line with our exacting standards.

How long will it take?

Because our Unit Accreditation courses fit into your life rather than the other way around, you can decide how long you'd like to study for.

When can I complete?

Just like starting, when you complete is up to you. The only deadlines that are in place are those set by yourself. If this course forms part of an application to university: to start university in September you would aim for June moderation; to start university in February/March you would aim for November moderation.

What are my future prospects?

Unit Accreditation courses open doors for every learner. Whether you decide to use it to gain entry to university or not, it will improve your career prospects. You gain so much by studying the course online: it teaches you skills that will make you stand out. From organisational skills and time management, to the ability to self-direct and research independently – you will be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.

£89.75 per month or £17.76 per Credit, whichever is greater, plus Enrolment Fee £30.00

  • Enrolment Fee = £30.00, payable when you apply for the course.
  • Course Fee = £89.75, per month or £17.76 per Credit, whichever is greater; payable monthly.
  • Awarding Body Registration Fee [1] = £140.00 (zero. VAT) paid in two parts.
    1. £40.00 payable along with your first course fee instalment,
    2. £100.00 payable on achievement of 24 credits, 1 year from the date of registration or soon before you complete your desired number of credits, whichever is sooner.
      • We will provide some advanced warning when this fee becomes due although you will already have a good idea of this as you will know how many credits you have achieved.
  • Total Fee = variable depending on length of study.

[1] The Awarding Body Registration Fee is set by the awarding body so may change during your course.

Funding your course

This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans or ELC funding.

The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a Grants & Funding page which you may find useful.

If you are not funding your course yourself, please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can make any necessary arrangements with the funder.

Single payment

Make a downpayment

This course is not specifically set up for a single payment due to its flexible nature. However, you can estimate how long you expect to take and make a downpayment any time. This will create credit on your account and you can top this up if/when required or if you complete with a balance in credit we will return this to you.


Payment example.

Example: studying 12 Credits

  • Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
  • If you complete in 2 months, you would have paid £89.75 * 2 = £179.50 and would then owe a further £33.62 because the cost per credit (£17.76 * 12 = £213.12) is greater than the total monthly fees charged.
  • If you complete in 3 months, you would have paid £89.75 * 3 = £269.25 and would have no further fees to pay because the cost per credit (£17.76 * 12 = £213.12) is less than the total monthly fees charged.
  • Awarding Body Registration Fees
    1. Paid with first Course Fee instalment £40.00
    2. Paid when you achieve 24 credits or close to completion of the number of credits you require £100.00


Not available for this course.

Additional Qualifications and Special Offers

If you are studying other qualifications with us in addition to an Access to HE Diploma, we provide reduced rate special offers on the additional qualifications.

  1. You only ever have to pay the Enrolment Fee once, if you pay it when applying for another course with us, we will take the cost off your first Course Fee instalment.

Payment methods

The normal method of payment is online with a credit or debit card. We accept all major cards (Visa Debit, MasterCard, Electron, UK Maestro and Solo) and use SagePay, one of the most secure payment systems on the market.

If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.

The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.

Your tutor

Your tutor is both your personal support and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to support you and guide your studies, and you will be in regular contact over email, the phone and Skype. Because they mark your assessments, they know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the Diploma.

Their role evolves over the course of your studies as your needs change. Initially you will speak to your tutor every week so you can get to know each other and settle into studying. As you progress through the course the support that you want from your tutor may change: one week you may want to talk about study skills, and the next about the ethics of research. Your tutor is there to make sure that your time with us is as successful and enjoyable as possible.

Student Services

Our Student Services team are here for you from your first enquiry and throughout your Diploma. From clarifying university entry requirements to finding the Diploma that is right for you, Student Services are here for everybody – past, present and prospective student alike.


We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so altering your target completion date, payment date, or extending your study period is always possible.

Technical Department

From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.

Financial Department

Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances the Finance Department is there for you.

DistanceLearningCentre.com Bespoke Course

If you do not require formal accreditation for the Units your are planning to study on this course, you probably need to be applying for one of our Bespoke Courses which are not formally accredited so do not attract the Awarding Body Registration Fees.

Some Universities are very familiar with the quality of what we provide, so some will accept a DistanceLearningCentre.com Certificate as provided by this course. One such example is Edinburgh Napier.

We strongly advicse that you make sure you understand exactly what your university is requesting from you. And we are happy to provide you with help and advice so you can be sure you are studying the right course.


You may need GCSEs to gain entry to university. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us.

Progression Awards

You may need further Level 2 credits in English, Maths and Science (known as Progression Awards) to gain entry to university. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us.

UK NARIC Statement of Comparability

If you already hold qualifications that were studied outside the UK, your university may wish to see a Statement of Comparability to exempt you from GCSE or Level 2 credits entry requirements. NARIC can be contacted through www.naric.org.uk.

To sit exams at the DistanceLearningCentre.com offices

A very small number of universities, such as the University of Nottingham, require you to sit your exams at our offices. We can arrange this for you if this is needed.

Work experience, specific skills and specialist knowledge

You should always check university's entry requirements, both compulsory and preferred, as they will often say what they expect from a candidate. This may include a work placement, specific interpersonal skills, or evidence of wide reading and existing knowledge about the degree, the career, or the industry.