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Access to H.E. Diploma in Business

  • Fee
    19+ £3,022*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Access Course
  • This course is suitable for Adults; International Students

This course is exclusively for adults - students must be 19 by August 31st of the year they apply. There are no exceptions to the rule. Preference is given to those with some work experience who have been out of full time education for at least a year. You may be asked to prove that you have relevant work experience.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

·       Accounting Foundation
·       Maths for Business
·       Marketing
·       Business Studies
·       Human Resources Management
·       Communications and Study Skills
·       Tutorial

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded an Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies) accredited by the Open College Network London Region. This qualification will enable you to apply to study for Business degrees at British universities.

How will I learn?

You will be expected to participate fully in all class activities and do a considerable amount of independent study.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of written assignments, practical exercises and in class tests. There are no formal examinations on this programme.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

Please note that this course is very intensive and requires at least 12 hours a week commitment for independent study in addition to class time.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Whilst no formal qualifications are required, it is preferred that you have at least one GCSE in English or Maths with the willingness to complete the GCSE in the missing subject. Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs as part of their entry criteria and we will offer you the chance to take a class alongside your Access programme. Applicants will take an assessment in reading and writing English and must demonstrate that they are proficient enough in both to benefit from this level 3 course.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience. Every student will need to provide at least one satisfactory reference to support their application.

Expected prior knowledge

You need not have studied business before but an interest in the subject is important as well as the wish to continue at a higher level.

English level

You must be able to demonstrate level 2 English skills (equivalent to GCSE grade C).

Mathematics level

You must be able to demonstrate level 2 Maths skills (equivalent to GCSE grade C).

Equipment and other costs

There is no equipment to buy for this course, but some textbooks may be recommended by your tutor.

For further information and to apply

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* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018​) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.