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Business Studies Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0190

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Course Overview

On this course, you will study aspects of business, management, marketing, finance, accounting, law, English and academic study skills.

This course provides an excellent route to higher education for adults who have the ability to benefit from higher education but have not had the opportunity to do so. It will prepare you for study at degree level, so if you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then the Access to Higher Education Business course could be an excellent choice for you.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course runs over one year, and you will be expected to attend classes on three days per week. During this time you will study a variety of business-related topics, including business, management, marketing, finance and law.

You will also develop your academic English and report-writing skills, and other study skills that you will need for higher-level study, including research and referencing skills, presentation skills, and IT skills.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be aged 19 plus by no later than the 31 August prior to starting the course. You will need to hold English and Maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to study one of these qualifications alongside your access course. One reference from your previous place of study or work will also be required. It would be preferable if one of the GCSEs is related to your chosen course of study.

In order for you to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential to have achieved a minimum of a grade C (4/5) in English and Maths. It is your responsibility to check the GCSE grade profiles of the universities that you are interested in applying to and to attend a number of university open days.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed via projects, assignments, presentations and exams. This course is mainly assessed through coursework, and you will be required to submit around 30 assignments during the year.

You will also have a personal tutor assigned to help you throughout the course.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £3022.00

Additional Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 24 on 31st August of the year in which you start the course AND you do not possess a full Level 3 qualification.

If (a) you are under 24 and already have a full level 3 qualification, OR (b) you are over 24 (irrespective of any qualifications you have achieved), then course fees are applicable. However, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover these.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply to study a higher qualification at either a university or college in a variety of subjects or enter employment or complete a degree-level apprenticeship. Potential higher education courses include Business and Finance Higher National Diploma/BA at Leicester College or De Montfort University, or alternative degree-level programmes in the fields of business, management, accounting, finance or law.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the PS.16 application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. 

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