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Course Overview

If you'd like to pursue a career in business management, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is a level 3 qualification designed to prepare you to study for a degree in a business discipline. If you don’t have the grades you need to apply for university, an Access to HE Diploma will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.

This course is specifically designed to put you on the pathway to study a business or management related degree. You'll learn core knowledge that will prepare you for your degree including operations management, managing and leading people, and business and employment law. After completion of this course, you could progress onto university to study a range of degrees such as business studies, marketing, human resources or project management. 

    • Preparing to Study
    • Progressing to Higher Education
    • Preparing a Written Assignment
    • Academic Writing Skills
    • Independent Research
    • Business and Employment Law
    • Business Skills
    • Consumer Legislation
    • Managing and Leading People
    • Operations Management
    • The Economic Environment
    • Business and the Environment
    • Business Planning
    • Team Work and Motivation in Organisations
    • International Aspects of Business
    • Market Structures
    • Financial Management
    • Research Topic

An Access to HE Diploma is made up of units that offer 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits. You will complete a number of assignments as part of your modules that will form your electronic portfolio. You will be assessed via formal written assignments, that will create a portfolio of work.

Throughout your course, you'll be expected to join live online classes, as well as study independently. You'll have the support of one of our specialist tutors throughout your programme. 

Access courses are designed for people who have been out of education for some time - so they're the perfect option if you left school without the qualifications you'd need to go straight to university. They provide you with a good level of knowledge and skills so that you feel prepared to start a degree. Whether you're a career changer, have been out of employment and education for some time, or you're looking to pursue a subject you're passionate about - an Access to HE course could be the right option for you. 

Our Access to HE Diplomas are delivered online - making learning accessible, so you can study anywhere. You’ll have access to our online platform, where you can learn independently, build knowledge, and complete interactive sessions which embed your learning.


This course is eligible for funding via an Advanced Learner Loan. The Government introduced 19+ Advanced Learner Loans to help adults with the costs of further education courses.

Getting a loan doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Advanced Learner Loans don’t get repaid until you earn over £25,000 per year.

If you progress onto a higher education course, Student Finance England will write off any outstanding balances for your Access to HE upon completion of your degree.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans here.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this course, there are some entry criteria. You will need:

  • Level 2 Maths and English qualification (GCSE or equivalent)
  • Full use of a laptop and word processing software, such as Microsoft Word or Pages 
  • To be a UK resident for 3+ years for purposes other than study

If you don't have your Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English, we can support you through Functional Skills qualifications.

When you study with us, you'll benefit from:

Studying made simple!

To ensure your enrolment onto your course is as smooth as possible, we have a dedicated team that go above and beyond to ensure you have quick responses and will work with you to ensure you are fully enrolled, inducted, and set up on programme efficiently.

Step 1

Submit your enquiry

We just need a few simple details from you to start your application process.

Step 2

We'll be in touch

We'll need to check you meet the eligibility criteria, so a member of the team will contact you to discuss your application. If you're eligible, we'll book you in for an interview.

Don't worry - we know interviews can sound scary, but they're just to make sure that the course is right for you!

Step 3

We'll send you the relevant paperwork

There's some paperwork you'll need to fill out for us to process your enrolment. If you're funding the course through an Advanced Learner Loan, we'll also support you with your Student Finance England application. 

It's really important you get the paperwork back to us as soon as possible so your start date isn't delayed. 

Step 4

Welcome onboard!

You'll attend an initial induction webinar, get access to your online platform where you will work through assignments, and begin sessions with your tutor. 

Start your application

If you'd like to start your journey towards university, we'd love to welcome you on an Access to HE course with us! Simply click the button below, or call us on 01388 741336.

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