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Access to Higher Education - Business and Management

Why study this course?

Access blended courses are ideal if you would like to enter higher education but haven't got the necessary qualifications. It is ideally suited to adults who cannot commit to full-time study and who need to re-learn how to study at a higher level before progressing onto a degree programme. This method of learning is very demanding and you may need to show evidence of some form of distance learning you have already taken part in. Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and if you progress onto study at degree level then this loan will be cancelled with no repayment required.

What will I study?

You will develop self confidence in your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills to prepare you for university.

On this course you will study a variety of units including: Business Organisations, Management, Market Structures, Marketing, Macro economics, Consumer Legislation, Business and Employment Law, Business Planning, Quality Management, Team Work and Motivation, Business Environment, Research Project and other skills based units.

NB units are subject to change.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

On completion of this course, you can progress to study HNC/HND Business at Tresham or you can go to university to study a degree-level course in a wide range of subjects.

How will I be assessed?

The awarding body is Open College Network (OCN) West Midlands. Course assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including essays, projects, presentations and exams.

Are there any additional costs?

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

PLEASE NOTE: This is subject to available funding allocation for 2019/20 academic year.

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.

Successful applicants will be in college for 3 days per week and will also be required to undertake a relevant work placement for up to 150 hours (which will support in providing valuable experience to include in UCAS applications aiding progression to Higher Education). A work placement officer may be able to support you in finding suitable places. You will also be subject to a successful DBS check. If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.

Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

In order for learners to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential that learners have achieved a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English. All applicants are advised to have a good idea of their preferred university options prior to attending the interview.

Please note that when applying for this course you will be directed to an application form to ensure that we collate the necessary information to process your application for this type of course.