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Access to HE Online: Business Level 3 Diploma

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Get the skills and qualifications you need to get onto a business-related course at university next year and start on your way to a career in business, marketing or management, to name just a few.

This is the fast-track route to the business profession you have always wanted! 

This course if completely unaffected by COVID-19 as it is fully online, in fact there is no better time to be studying remotely!

This Access to HE Online: Business Professions Level 3 Diploma gives you a brand new, convenient and affordable way to study for your qualification online.

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career in business, but worry that a lack of time and qualifications could prevent you from taking that next step? If you are aged 19 or over and aspire to go on to university to study a business-related degree, an Access to Higher Education Online Diploma is the route for you.

Access to HE qualifications are nationally recognised, one-year intensive Level 3 courses designed to prepare adult learners aged 19 or over to study at degree level but who do not currently have the relevant entry requirements or qualifications, or may have been out of education for a period of time and wish to return to education to change career.

The Access to HE Online: Business Professions Diploma gives students the opportunity to progress onto degrees in business studies, travel and tourism, business analysis, business management, marketing, economics and business administration.

Key programme features:

  • One-year programme
  • Personal tutor and supportive webinars
  • Equivalent to three A-levels, which means you can achieve the UCAS points you need for university
  • Flexible so you can learn at your own pace, in your own home
  • Designed exclusively for adults
  • Widely recognised and accepted qualifications by UK universities
  • Funding options available


Funding Available:

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 and over and want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit card checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £25,000 per year.

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.

What I'll learn

The Access to HE Business Professions pathway is made up of three subjects:

  • Business Studies

You will learn about business and organisation structures, business and organisation culture and business strategy. As well as why and how business decisions are made, such as the interactions between government policies, business and consumers.

  • Law

You will learn about the English Legal System and gain an in-depth knowledge of employment and company law.

  • Psychology

You will learn about the different approaches and perspectives to understanding behaviour, research methodology and statistical analysis.

In addition, students will undertake an extended, independent academic-study project to complete their portfolio.

As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.


How I'll learn

The programme is one year in duration and is delivered fully online. Teaching will take the form of webinars, online forums for group discussions and self-directed learning with regular tutor support. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, repots, presentations and timed assessments.

Flexible learning and support

Finding the time to learn the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career can be difficult. Online learning means that you can study flexibly, at times to suit you and your lifestyle. As a one-year programme, it also means that you will be ready for university in less time than if you followed the traditional A-level route.

Throughout your time on the programme, we will provide support through a personal tutor, as well as through our telephone hotline, open Monday–Friday from 9am–5pm.  

We will work with you to develop a study plan so that you can meet coursework deadlines and schedule study time around your other responsibilities.

We will also guide you through the process of your UCAS applications. This includes checking your applications and personal statement as well as providing the supporting reference before they are submitted.


How I'll be assessed

Access to HE Online: Allied Health Professions Level 3 Diploma is a one-year course and is validated and moderated by Ascentis under licence from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. It comprises of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded. Students on the course study towards 3 credits in preparing to progress, 3 credits in academic writing and 21 credits in business (18 graded), 18 credits in law (15 graded) and 15 credits in psychology (12 graded). It is a skills-based course with the academic content equivalent to A level standard (Level 3).

You will be assessed through tutor assessed coursework and one online exam. All assessments are internally and externally verified through a rigorous and robust process to ensure that all grading is consistent, fair and provides developmental feedback.

The coursework will involve:

  • Essays
  • Research reports

You will study one subject at a time and will be assigned a tutor with specialist subject knowledge to guide and support you on your learning journey. You’ll have access to supportive webinars and regular one-to-one support via email and phone.

Although the programme is intensive, it is structured in a way that recognises the pressures on mature learners. Many students successfully balance the programmes with work, family, and childcare commitments.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

To be eligible for a place on an Access to HE Online programme, you must have GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C equivalent) or above, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification. Applicants are also advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the Level 2 maths and English criteria.

As this is an online course, it is not possible to study maths and/or English at an Activate Learning college alongside the main qualification.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.