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Access to Higher Education (Business)

Course overview

This one year intensive course is intended for adults with an interest in attending university to study Business Studies, Management, Marketing, Accountancy or other business related degrees. It is specifically designed for those without formal Level 3, BTEC or A Level qualifications to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply to university. The course will develop your knowledge, interest and skills of the contemporary business arena globally and nationally.

Contact Time (per week): Monday — Thursday 9.30 — 14.30 Plus one half day per week if you require GCSE English or maths.


What Does The Programme Include

You will learn through a variety of methods including theory and practice, portfolio development and assignments, individual presentations, group work and the investigation of businesses and their current strategies. The course will develop effective organisational and time management skills in order to complete the assessments outside of class time to meet your deadlines.

Entry Requirements

GCSE maths and English at grades C/​4 or above as this is a requirement of university study. You may be able to undertake one of these qualifications whilst studying the Access to Higher Education course at the discretion of your course co-ordinator.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be taught by lecturers experienced in both their subject and in teaching adults.

Assessment will be ongoing using a variety of methods including written, oral and under exam conditions, in order to prepare you for your future university experience.

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Potential Future Career

You will be encouraged to apply to chosen universities by early January and upon successful completion of the course, particularly at merit or distinction level, you should be able to attend university to study in your chosen field.

Course Content

You will study units in:

• Organisational Structures

• Marketing Tools

• Business and the Economy

• External Influences in Business

• Motivational Management and Leadership

• Ethics in Business

• Human Resources

• An Introduction to Financial Accounting

• Introduction to Business

• IT Skills for Business

• Actus Rea and Mens Rea

• Employment Law

Study Skills

• English for Academic Study

• Career Progression Skills

• Producing a Written Assignment


You will have access to various study facilities including a recently refurbished Library where you’ll have access to books, journals and computers. You will also have tutorial and study support throughout your course to assist you with your studies.


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