An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.
On the Access to HE: Business Level 3 Diploma pathway you will study business management, law and IT. You will develop an understanding of business decision-making and study areas such as marketing.
This course offers the opportunity to study five core modules at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level), as well as the chance to re-take or achieve qualifications in either GCSE English or Maths.
In addition, all students are offered tuition in study skills, ICT and tutorial support to develop their skills and support their application to university.
Students have progressed on to higher education to study:
- business studies
- travel and tourism
- business analysis
- business management
- business administration
- fashion marketing
- business management with marketing and economics
19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.
Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.
Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.
What you'll learn
The Access to HE Business Professions pathway is made up of three subjects:
- business studies
In business, you will learn why and how business decisions are made, such as the interactions between government policies, business and consumers.
In marketing, you will learn about marketing, production processes and human resource management.
In law, you will learn legal-system essentials and gain an in-depth knowledge of contract law, law employment and company law. Your studies will include court visits, debates and case studies.
In addition, students will undertake an extended, independent academic-study project to complete their portfolio.
How you'll learn and be assessed
You will learn through various teaching methods such as:
- court visits
- group discussions
- case studies
Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, reports, presentations and timed assignments. There will also be the opportunity to gain nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications in Adult Numeracy and Literacy.
As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a common core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues.
Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all of our Access students’ progress to higher education. You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects.
All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.
Assessment on the Access to HE Business Professions programme is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
Assessments are a mixture of:
- structured questions
Recognised by Universities across the country, an Access to HE qualification is your stepping-stone to higher education and the career of your dreams.
We are delighted to announce that all students that have achieved a pass grade on their Access to HE – Business Level 3 Diploma and hold a Maths and English GSCE grade C (level4), are eligible to progress directly to our HNC Business online course or Foundation Degree in Business and Enterprise.
To be eligible for a place on this programme, you must have a GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
Please note: If you wish to go on to study a medicine degree, most universities require five GCSEs, including English, maths, and science at grades 7–9 (A–A* equivalent).
Applicants are advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the criteria. Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience, and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants must be aged over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to re-take either a maths or English GCSE alongside this course.
If you don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We have a range of one-year, Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.
There is also a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.