Access to Higher Education Diplomas are full Level 3 national qualifications accepted as a standard entry qualification by Higher Education (HE) providers in England and Wales. Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to Higher Education Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.
Upon successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management), you will be able to apply for degrees in a variety of business- related fields including Human Resources, Marketing, Management or General Business.
Alternatively, you could progress directly on to the HNC Business which then allows you to progress up to HND Business (at Macclesfield College and other HE providers). From the HND there are opportunities to progress to ‘top up’ to a BA/BSc honours degree with a higher education provider offering Level 6 provision.
The course is designed to prepare learners without formal educational backgrounds for academic work and university life. In addition to academic content, study skills and IT skills are supported and developed.
The course starts in September for the duration of one academic year and is organised to allow students to fit their study around their home, family and work commitments (9.30am – 3.00pm). You will be expected to attend all teaching sessions for approximately 10-12 hours in college over 2-3 days a week. Please note that you will need to supplement this by studying in your own time.
Course delivery will be via a combination of both ‘traditional face-to-face’ and ‘remote’ teaching; you will also be required to access on-line material to supplement both of these delivery methods.
Access to Higher Education Courses are eligible for Advanced Learner Loans
-Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.
– If you complete your Access to Higher Education course and subsequent degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.
More information on paying for your Access to Higher Education Diploma is available at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan
Ideally, applicants should have a GCSE at Grade C (4) or above in both English and Maths (or equivalent*).
However, we will consider applications from those who have a Grade D (5) or equivalent in either Maths or English – please note where this is the case the relevant GCSE/Functional Skills Level 2 must be studied alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma (evening class).
* Equivalent – Functional Skills level 2.
On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) explores a range of topics such as business finance planning, introduction to marketing; sustainability in business; business management structures; the management cycle.
You will also study Skills for Learning and a Common Core subjects designed to develop your academic skills.
Specific units will be discussed at interview.
Assessment is both formal (graded) and informal with an emphasis on continuous assessment and coursework to include essays, presentations, case studies, scientific reports, practical work and a research project.
Successful completion of this course will enable entry onto a relevant degree. (You are advised to check the specific entry requirements for the degree you wish to apply for in advance of applying for this course, including whether Functional Skills are accepted as an alternative to GCSEs by the universities you are applying to).
Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.
For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.
Duration and Times
Start date: 14/09/2021
End date: 23/06/2022
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Days of week: Tu W Th
Number of Weeks: 34