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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business)

University College Birmingham
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

About this program

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business)

Looking to break into the world of business? Are you keen to embark on a degree in this area but dont currently meet the entry requirements for higher education? Our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business will give you a grounding in this subject along with a widely recognised qualification (equivalent to A-Levels) that will enable you to advance to the next level of study.

Licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), this is a Level 3 qualification designed for adult learners who are either returning to education or who left school without the necessary qualifications for undergraduate study. The Diploma in Business is designed to build both your academic skills and knowledge specific to the business arena. Alongside learning how to write essays or reports and prepare for exams, you will also study a wide range of business topics including marketing, finance, management and business strategy, as well as completing research projects.

Throughout the course, you will receive superb support from our dedicated team of expert tutors and support staff to aid your development. By completing this business diploma, you will gain a recognised Level 3 qualification that will help you progress to undergraduate study and future careers in a wide variety of areas, from marketing and retail or finance and accounting to law, human resources and management.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements - September 2021

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma course has been designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education.

  • Applicants must have at least three years life experience outside of formal education gained since completing formal education. Experience does not need to be in a subject-related field.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of GCSE English Language or Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or Functional Skills Level 2.
  • Applicants will be required to also achieve a Level 2 in Numeracy and Literacy initial assessments. These assessments will take place on campus for candidates who have been successful at interview.
  • Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role.

Additional Information

There may be the opportunity to study either GCSE English Language/maths alongside the course as part of your studies.

If you choose to take advantage of this potential opportunity, please note that we cannot guarantee classes will fall within the 10am-3pm timetable.

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Program content

Topics you will study

  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • Business and Organisation Structures
  • Principles of Business Strategy
  • Business Studies Research Project
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Principles of Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Research Project
  • Business Finance
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Investigating Management
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including coursework assignments, examinations and projects.

Each unit can be assessed by one or more assignments. If you have achieved all of the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria then you will pass the unit. It can then be graded, which allows for each unit to be achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Access to HE Diplomas are made up of 60 credits. 45 of these are at Level 3 and graded. The remaining 15 credits are not graded and may be at Level 2 or Level 3. You must successfully achieve 60 credits to be awarded a Diploma.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration : 1 year (3-4 days per week)
  • Course Start : September (2021)
  • Credits : 60 credits


Course fee is £3,022


The Access to HE Diploma in Business is a fantastic opportunity to help you achieve the career youve always dreamed of. You will learn all about the world of business, including topics such as marketing, finance and management, as well as conducting research projects to apply your knowledge. This is a hugely rewarding course which will change your life as you gain the skills you need for your future.

Career paths

This course is designed to enable your progression onto higher education. Depending on entry requirements, you could continue onto a degree at University College Birmingham, such as Business Enterprise, Finance and Accounting, Digital Marketing or Marketing Management.

With further study, possible future career options open to you include

  • Business analyst - Average Salary: £35,714
  • Accountant - Average Salary: £29,346
  • Marketing executive (graduate) - Average Salary: £37,500
  • Banker - Average Salary: £20,198
  • Project manager (graduate)- Average Salary: £39,197
  • HR adviser - Average Salary: £27,299

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Warwick,...

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The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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B3 1JB Birmingham
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