Access to HE: Business Professions Level 3 Diploma

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Prepare for university-level study in business and related subjects with this part-time Access to HE programme.

On the part-time Access to HE Business Professions pathway you will study business management, law and IT. You will develop an understanding of business decision-making and study areas such as marketing.

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.


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.

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 GCSE 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.

What I'll learn

On the part-time Access to HE Business Professions pathway you will study business management, law and IT. You will develop an understanding of business decision-making and study areas such as marketing. You will gain knowledge of IT systems and terminologies and an in-depth understanding of law fundamentals and areas such as contract law and employment law. Your studies will include court visits debates and case studies.

The course is made up of three subjects: business studies, information technology and law. You will learn why and how business decisions are made e.g. the interaction between government policies, business and consumers. You will also learn about marketing, production process and human resource management. In information technology you will gain knowledge of networking, HTML, Excel, systems development and more. In law you will learn legal system essentials and have an in-depth knowledge of contract law, law employment and company law.

You will study the following modules:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • law, including contract, employment and consumer law
  • business and the economic environment
  • business communication and working practices.

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


How I'll learn

You will learn through various teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, court visits, group discussions and debates, and case studies will be undertaken. 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. 

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


How I'll be assessed

Assessment on the part-time Access to HE Business Professions programme is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

Assessments are a mixture of essays, structured questions, projects, presentations and examinations.


Entry Requirements

Students must be aged 19 or over. To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no previous academic requirements. However, you will need to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if your level of literacy and numeracy is sufficient for a Level 3 course.

You may be advised to study maths and/ or English at GCSE before being considered for an Access to HE course or to study for these qualifications alongside your diploma.


How to Apply

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.  Applying for one of our programmes is easy. You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.


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