Access to HE Business

Access to HE Business

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 01/09/2022
Level: 3
Start Date: 01/09/2022
End Date:31/07/2023
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) prepares adults (aged 19+ if non international) without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for those wanting to gain entry onto degree and other higher education programmes.  The qualification is widely recognised by UK universities. 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 focus 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.

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.

Further information on all Access courses, researching your choices for University and help in preparing for interview can be found here

Financial Assistance
If you are aged between 19-23 and do not have a Level 3 qualification already, there will be no tuition costs.  If you are aged 19-23 with a full Level 3 qualification or aged 24+, 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.

If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.


We have an excellent track record of student progression into universities. 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.  You might also wish to consider the HNC / HND Diploma in Business at Cambridge Regional College, then progress to a top up degree in your third year.

Entry Requirements

You can enrol on this course if you are aged 19 or over (non international) or 18+ if classed as an international student.  You should have 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.

Classes are mixed in terms of age, gender and ethnicity, therefore learners are expected to behave in a mature and respectful manner.

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.  

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

Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you:

• attending a Welcome event where you will be interviewed by a member of the team
• providing a satisfactory reference
• attending 2 taster days: Tuesday 29th June to Weds 30th June 2021


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

You can apply through our online application, just click on Apply.

Students who attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply through the CAP application system, MyChoice@16, your school will be able to help you with this.

If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448 or

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to a Welcome Event and for a guidance discussion. Through the Welcome Event you will get the chance to learn more about college and your course. When you have your conditional offer, you will be invited and required to attend new student Taster Days during the summer before the start of your course. Take control of your future and enrol on a course with CRC. Whether you've just finished your GCSEs or A Levels, already working or unemployed we can help you succeed.

Take control of your future and enrol on a course with CRC. Whether you've just finished your GCSEs or A Levels, already working or unemployed we can help you succeed.

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