Why use Certa Access?
Certa Access is an Access Validating Agency (AVA), licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), to validate and quality assure Access to HE Diplomas. The Access to HE Diploma has been specially developed in partnership with higher education and further education experts to offer students a second chance towards obtaining the skills needed to go on to study for a degree at university.
Meet the Team
Karl StringerAssistant Director, Access and Compliance
Contact Karl by email or call 01924 434 601
Julie KnowlesAVA Manager
Contact Julie by email or call 01924 434 601
Nigel TaylorBusiness Development Manager
Contact Nigel by email or call 01924 434 604
Susanne DyerAccess to HE Officer
Contact Susanne by email or call 01924 434 601
Aneka CannBrand Manager
Contact the communications team by email or call 0115 8541616
Meet Some of Our External Moderators
Rita Murray, Lead Moderator
Noting an apparent increase in women studying STEM subjects, Rita is especially happy when female students pursue and achieve diplomas in these areas. She believes that the Access to HE Diploma builds self-esteem and self-management skills, and credits Certa Access for bringing together external moderators from diverse backgrounds and providing them the tools they need to best support learners.
Dave Pickersgill, Moderator
Previously, when working full-time in a large provider, Dave saw Certa Access learners capitalise on study skills expertise and easily customisable diplomas to achieve their employment goals, from the Wolverhampton bus driver who is now a podiatrist in the NHS to the learner who took a Psychology degree and went on to coach the Olympic gold medal winning athlete, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE.
Pauline Heywood, Moderator
Pauline attributes learners’ success to their hard work and determination, as demonstrated by one student who, having stood outside a classroom window wishing to be inside, took on numerous jobs to help her take an Access to HE Diploma. Over the course of her learner-centred, customised studies, the student’s achievements were outstanding.
John Shephard, Moderator
John highlights Certa Access for its friendly nature and the fact that it is locally based and developed by local practitioners. Recalling a former student who transitioned from being made redundant at a glass bulb factory to becoming a successful primary school teacher, John knows that an Access to HE Diploma gives learners the knowledge and skills that will help them to get to and succeed at university.
Alison Zucker, Moderator
In working with Certa Access, Alison finds the staff to be friendly, approachable, and democratic in their willingness to listen and respond to all stakeholders. One of the countless Access to HE Diploma success stories that stands out to Alison is that of a student who was a former convict. Over the course of his Diploma, he became fully engaged in his classes and with his peers. Through his hard work, he achieved a place in university, the position of captain of the University Challenge team, and the completion of his degree.
List of Trustees
Gill Alton OBE
Chief Executive at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
Principal and Chief Executive at RNN Group
Head of Admissions at Sheffield Hallam University
Vice Principal at The Sheffield College
Principal and Chief Executive at Northern College