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Welcome to the LASER web page for Access students


For prospective Access students

If you are interested in joining an Access course and would like more information about Access courses and where to study please follow this link to our Access Diploma Information page or choose the link from the drop menu from the ’For Students’ tab towards the top left of this page. Across England and Wales in 2012-13 there were over 43,000 Access students and in the South East Region of England in 2013-14 there were over 3,000 LASER Access students. . .

For existing Access students

The section below contains information and resources for students who are currently studying on an Access courses validated by Laser Learning Awards.

On this page you will find (click on bullet point to jump there):

 What’s LASER’s role in my Access Diploma course?

LASER is the organisation which guarantees the quality and standards of the Access Diploma offered by the centre at which you are studying. We also issue the final Access Diploma certificates at the end of your course. In addition we support Access to HE across all of our centres which are approved to run courses by working with tutors in colleges and admissions staff in universities as well as holding events and conferences


The LASER Access Facebook Page

Join our Facebook Page by searching for Laser Awards Access from inside Facebook or click on the image link below. There you can share information, queries and ideas with Access students across the region. LASER also posts weekly updates and links to online resources and news of relevance to Access students.


The LASER Access Student Leaflet

Click on the image opposite to download an electronic copy of our current student leaflet. We have sent copies of this leaflet to all of the colleges offering LASER validated Access Diploma courses for distribution to new students. If you haven’t received one then please ask your Access tutor.


The leaflet contains a summary of the key features of a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Case Study - what’s it like being a Access student?

Find out direct from a former student - click on the picture (right) to find out about Anna Morgan’s Access experience.

LASER Student Guide to Referencing Skills

This guide has been developed by LASER to support Access students in writing essays, reports and other pieces of academic writing. It contains an introduction to using the Harvard and MHRA referencing systems as well as links to useful web resources. Your Access Diploma course may not require you to use either of these systems but it is very likely that if you go on to a university degree course to study subjects examined by essays and dissertations, you will have to get used to one of these or something similar. Follow this link to download the LASER Guide to Referencing. or download the summary guide HERE

LASER Access Student Prizes

At the end of each year we run an Access prize scheme for students studying on LASER validated Access courses. We invite each college to nominate a student in each of the categories of  ’Outstanding Academic Achievement’ and ’Outstanding Commitment to Study’. Winners and runners up receive a cash prize. The winners in each category are then entered for a national Access prize scheme where the winners receive a further cash prize and have their prizes awarded at a national event. Ask you Access tutor for more information.


Replacement Certificates

We are able to offer replacement certificates and transcripts, however please bear in mind that whilst we will try and find the information for you our database is only complete from 2007 and therefore we cannot guarantee that we will be able to supply replacement certificates that were originally issued prior to this date.

There is a £25 charge for replacement certificates* - full details on the information required can be found HERE and you will need to complete the Re-issue FORM (please click to be taken to the downloadable form) and return along with the fee and proof of identity to Laser Learning Awards, The Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FG.

*there is an additional £10 fee for overseas postage

What to do if you have a complaint about your Access course

Although LASER has a responsibility to assure the academic standards on your Access Diploma course it is the organisation providing your course to whom you should appeal or complain in the first instance. Where possible talk things through with your Access tutor or a manager at the college in order to resolve any issues. We require you to exhaust all such procedures offered by the college before we will consider an appeal or complaint.  Download this Student Appeals/Complaints (AQ10 Form) to lodge a complaint or make an appeal.

If you have exhausted all appeals and complaints procedures within the college you can download the LASER Student Appeal/Complaints Guide to see if you have grounds to complain or appeal directly  to us.

If you wish to appeal against an assessment or grading decision whilst you are on the course, your college will operate a process described as a ’Student Representation’ whereby you can discuss any grades awarded and make an appeal. Please discuss this process directly with staff in the college providing your Access to HE course.


 Useful Links

QAA Access pages for Students: dedicated pages for Access from the external regulator
UCAS (University & Colleges Admissions Service: the site of the organisation which processes applications to universities 
The Student Room: a free to join web forum with lots of links to resources 

24+ Advanced Learner Loans: the official government website with full details.

Or download an FAQ sheet on loans

Directgov - Student Finance: A good starting point to find out about how to fund yourself both in higher education and on your Access Course 


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