Access to HE Business

Access to HE Business

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 03/09/2021
Level: 3
Start Date: 03/09/2021
Days: VAR
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 10 Month(s)
Type: Full Time
Fees: £

The Access to HE Diploma (Business) provides an entry level qualification for those wanting to progress to a degree or 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 units are mandatory and some optional. All units need to be completed successfully to obtain the full diploma.  

About the Course

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 delivered at our Cambridge Campus. It is made up of 60 credits, all studied at level 3, 45 graded and 15 ungraded, some for mandatory and some for optional units. All units need to be completed successfully to obtain the full diploma. In addition, Study Skills and workshops are part of the course.

The diploma will introduce students to different aspects of business studies allowing them to acquire basic understanding of key business concepts. In this pathway you will study Accounting, Economics, Human Resources, Marketing, Mathematics and Business Environment units, as well as Study Skills and ITC Word Processing. 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, as well as assistance with personal statement writing and advice on a range of higher education courses.
English or maths GCSEs can be taken alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

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

It is advisable to apply for this course between November 2020 and June 2021, as this is a popular course.

Financial Assistance
If you are aged 19-23 and do not have a Level 3 qualification already, there will be no tuition costs.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see 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  You may also be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare.


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, at a range of UK universities as well as higher education providers in the USA, Australia, Switzerland and many others.

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 5.5, 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.  A satisfactory reference is also required.

You are expected to attend all classes, be committed to your studies and complete your assignments by deadline. 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.


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.

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