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Since 2015, the Partnership Agreement between OCN London and LSBU has benefited Access to HE students of colleges registered with OCN London

OCN London is a validating agency for the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Access to HE), a qualification which prepares learners without traditional qualifications for study at university.

A 2015 Partnership Agreement between London South Bank University (LSBU) and OCN London formalised an existing partnership, where LSBU staff participated in OCN London panels to validate Access to HE Diploma courses. LSBU staff have also served on the OCN London Advisory Board and been on the Board of Trustees.

Partnership Agreement objectives

  • To raise confidence and aspirations of Access learners.
  • To increase and widen participation in higher education.
  • To provide clear higher education progression routes.
  • To help prepare Access learners for higher education.


Hear what Access to HE students, college tutors and University Admissions Directors have to say about the positive impact of the Access to HE Diploma on students' lives.

Benefits to Access to HE learners

Entry requirements

The agreement guarantees conditional offers at lower admissions requirements than our standard offer, across courses in six of LSBU's Schools:

For example, a standard LSBU offer to study on the LLB is 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits. Students from OCN London registered colleges would be made an offer of 9 Distinctions and 27 Merits.

Other benefits

  • Extended Project 2-day Support Programme: The Extended Project is a 6-credit unit on many OCN London Access to HE Diploma courses. Our Support Programme is delivered by our academic and library staff. Participants will learn how to identify issues and research questions, plan their work and write a coherent extended essay that is appropriately referenced. 
  • Higher Education Days at LSBU.
  • Taster Days in various subject areas.
  • Access LSBU Scheme, allowing students access to our library and other facilities.

How to access the benefits

To receive the benefits of the agreement, Access to HE students must:

  1. Choose LSBU as one of their five university choices.
  2. Insert the code ‘OCN-LSBU’ in the further details box on the UCAS application form.
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