Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Business Studies

Qualification Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Business Studies
Subject Area Access
Attendance Full Time
Age Group(s) Adults
Duration 1 Year

Course Content

A one year course designed to equip over 19s with the skills, confidence and academic qualification to enable them to progress to university. As a learner on this qualification you will be offered a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which you will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study in a range of science and biomedical related progression routes.


  • To provide HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances do not have the necessary qualifications
  • To give learners a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods and key areas of knowledge within the core disciplines taken and offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual outlook and make connections between subject areas;
  • To help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self-directed learners
  • To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

The course is 12 hours a week class contact time over 3 or 4 days. At least 20 hours per week self-directed study. 35 weeks.

This course is aimed at adults who are looking to apply for University.

Over the year you will study the following units:
Unit ID Unit Title Level Credits
CBA847 Essay Writing 3 6
CBA851 Note-Taking and Note-Making 3 3
CBA856 Writing Standard English 3 3
BUX254 Business Communications 3 3
CBA798 Business Organisations and Structure 3 3
CBA911 Business Planning 3 3
AFY760 Business Studies - External Influences 3 3
BYD656 Decision Making Techniques in Business 3 3
BUG265 Ethics and Corporation Social Responsibility 3 3
BUG720 Internal and External Business Factors 3 3
AAX784 International Business 3 3
BRY403 Measuring and Improving Business Performance 3 3
BZB759 Measuring Change in Business 3 3
CBA902 Media Institutions 3 3
BUG259 Organisation Structures and Legal Frameworks 3 3
BYD610 Protectionism in Practice 3 3
BRY330 The Business External Environment 3 3
BZQ172 The Location of Business 3 3

Course Outcomes

  • Business Communications

  • Business Organistaions and Structure

  • Business Planning

  • Business Studies -- External Influences

  • Decision Making Techniques in Business

  • Ethics and Corporation Social Responsibility

  • Internal and External Business Factors

  • International Business

  • Measuring & Improving Business Performance

  • Measuring Change in Business

  • Media Institutions

  • Organisation Structures and Legal Frameworks

  • Protectionism in Practice

  • The Business External Environment

  • The Location of Business


Learners primarily progress to Higher Education and study in areas related to Business

Entry Requirements

English and Maths at GCSE Level or Level 2 Functional Skills


In order to be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma, learners must achieve a total of 60 credits comprising:

  • Credits required from graded academic subject content units at Level 3 - 45
  • Credits required from ungraded units at Level 3 or Level 2 - 15
  • Total credits required - 60

Learners must also meet the following Rules of Combination:

Rule: Units in Status Mandatory credits From optional credits Total credits
Study Skills Ungraded 6 @ L3 9 @ L2 OR L3 15
Subject Specific Business Studies Graded 3 @ L3 42 @ L3 45

Mandatory Units

Unit Title Status Level Credits
Finding and Reading Information Ungraded 3 3
Report Writing Ungraded 3 3
Business Mathematics: Statistics and Probability Graded 3 3

Assessment Methods:

  • Formal written examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Formal essays
  • Written reports
  • Assignments
  • Exams


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