Access to Higher Education – Business

Skills Education Group - Access to Higher Education in Business , Level 3
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Course Information


Access to HE Diplomas provide a fast-track route into Higher Education for adult learners. The Access programme has been designed to provide an insight into key business concepts in the context of modern business practice.

The programme is a challenging one that operates at a rapid pace, with regular assessment throughout as you work towards building your Access portfolio. Teaching and study support is provided at every stage of the programme to enable you to reach your full potential.

The programme aims to:

  • Familiarise students with core business concepts that organisations develop to establish a distinct advantage for their products and services, and achieve sustained brand positioning and growth.
  • Develop an understanding of primary functional areas within organisations that support business and staff progression.
  • Prepare students for higher education degree programmes by developing study skills in key areas like academic writing, using ICT and presentations.

Contact Information:

Carol Redfearn – Course Leader


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to gain a level 3 qualification in Business to allow them to articulate to University to gain Higher Education qualifications or professionals who wish to enhance their qualifications to develop working practices.

Course units/modules

The programme Units are:

  • Academic Writing
  • Economic Environment
  • Research Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Safe & Ethical Use of AI
  • The Foundation of Contract
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Using the Internet for Business
  • Human Resources
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities in HE
  • Budgeting
  • Economic Environment

Benefits and skills

The benefits are wide ranging for this course, adults can pursue a career of their choice, or move into self-employment upon successful completion of this course.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are GCSE maths and GCSE English Language, both a grade 4(C) or above. You also must be at least 19 years of age on August 31st of this year. The entry requirements for this course are GCSE maths and GCSE English Language, both a grade 4(C) or above. You also must be at least 19 years of age on August 31st of this year.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Successful completion of this Diploma will open doors to a number of university courses, giving learners the chance to study a broad array of degrees leading to careers in:

  • Business Management
  • International Business Studies
  • Business Studies Marketing
  • Business
  • Events Management
  • Accounting and Finance

And a university degree is not the only option to pursue; a Diploma can also lead to apprenticeships which can be studied at higher levels.

Assessment types

You will be assessed via research reports essays and exams. Creation of reports and completion of assignment using a range of software packages to allow you to complete and submit work to meet your deadlines.

Course details

Duration: 10 months
Start Date: 17/09/2024 - 06/06/2025
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 78063-01
Fees (Adult): £3,022

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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