Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Access to HE Business

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:MP1ACCESS
Start Date:28/08/2019
End Date:03/07/2020
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Course Overview

The Access to HE diploma (Business) provides a university matriculation qualification for those wanting to gain entry onto degree and other higher education programmes. The qualification is widely recognised by UK universities. The diploma is made up of 60 credits, all studied at level 3, 45 graded and 15 ungraded some mandatory and some optional. Learners are required to pass all modules to obtain the full diploma. In addition, learners are also introduced to Academic English and supported through workshops.

A strongly supportive tutorial and study skills system encourages the development of an autonomous and self-disciplined approach to learning as required by universities. This includes regular group and one-to-one tutorials to set and review targets and ensure sufficient progress is made. Career advice provided by personal tutors and the College Careers officers focuses predominantly on university application, registration with UCAS and completion of the application form, assistance with personal statement writing and advice on a range of higher education courses.
Alongside the Access to HE diploma, learners can retake English or maths GCSEs or stretch themselves by completing an AS qualification in mathematics to enhance career prospects.

Further information about Access to HE diplomas is available on the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) website:

The fees for the programme:
Aged 17 – 19                                                                                             free
Aged 19 – 23 (if not achieved L2 or L3/other concessionary categories) £185 total fee
Aged 19 – 23 (if already achieved full L3)                                                £3022 total fee
Aged 24+                                                                                                  £3022 total fee

Awarding Body (CAVA) registration fee: £115.00 + College registration fee: £70
You may be eligible for financial support towards costs of travel, equipment, books and childcare. If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover tuition fees, further information is available from This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email

Progression & Career Opportunities

A successful completion of the Access to HE diploma allows progression onto undergraduate courses in the UK. However, you will need to research courses carefully as some programmes have very specific entry requirements.

Learners on this programme have progressed to a range of undergraduate courses such as Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Tourism Management and many others, offered by a range of UK universities as well as higher education providers in the USA, Australia, Switzerland and their home countries.

Entry Requirements

You can enrol on this course if you are aged 17 or over and a full level 2 or 4 x C grade or better at GCSE including A*- C/4-9 in English or maths or above. In addition, IELTS 5, ESOL skills for life level 1 or FCE would be accepted instead of GCSE in English as well as evidence of completion of compulsory secondary education from country of origin. Occasionally, exceptions are made. A satisfactory reference is also required.

You are expected to attend all classes, be committed to your studies and complete your assignments by deadline – a strong commitment is needed as the course is very intensive. Classes are mixed in terms of age, gender and ethnicity, therefore learners are expected to behave in a mature and respectful manner.

At the beginning of the course, you will be given an English test and a short mathematics test.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

You will have a range of assessments – at least one per each unit, following the assignment due deadlines published at the beginning of the course. The assessments include closed and open book exams, academic essays, reports, presentations and discussions.  

Your teachers and College specialist staff provide both learning and personal support. Your teachers schedule regular individual meetings with you (tutorials) to check that you are making at least the expected progress while specialist staff in the College can support you outside of class if you have specific learning needs. In addition to classes, you are expected to complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.  

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a CRC Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website Download here or contact us via email If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448. Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview/Welcome Event, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your choice of pathway and your future career plans with the Access team. You will also have a chance to look around the College and ask any questions you may have.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.