Access to Business

Access to HE Business

Access to HE Business

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 04/09/2023, 09:00
Level: 3
Start Date: 04/09/2023
End Date:26/06/2024
Days: VAR
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 10 Month(s)
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 16:00
Type: Full Time
Fees: £3052
About the Course

The Access to HE Diploma (Business) prepares adults (aged 19+ if non-international) without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for study at university or 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. For further information on the benefits of studying an Access couse and what it can lead to, please visit our Awarding body website at

The diploma will introduce you to different aspects of business studies allowing you 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 is also in place to 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.

It is advisable to apply for this course between November 2021 and June 2022, as this is a popular course.
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 through the Advanced Learner loan bursary or 19+ bursary.

If you are applying as an International Student, the fees will be different from that advertised at the top of the page. Please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317 to find out what the fees for international students are and any other information.


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 4th July – Weds 5th July 2023


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 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 form or download a copy from our website The application form can also be found in the back of our full-time prospectus. If you need any help with applying, please contact our Cambridge Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a Welcome Event. At the Welcome Event you may meet the tutors and get the chance to learn more about college and your course. You will also have a discussion with one of our tutors who will look to make you a formal offer for September.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct, some details may be subject to change. Cambridge Regional College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient.

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