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Access to HE Diploma: Business

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business, is a qualification that prepares people without traditional qualifications, for Higher Education study on a Business related course.

1 Year

Entry Requirements: GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above

Course Info

The Access to Higher Education Diploma: Business course is primarily aimed at mature students (19+). The course provides a direct route into Higher Education, with successful students guaranteed a place on the Foundation Degree in Business, Leadership and Management at The University Centre Calderdale College, although some may choose a different course of study at a university.

The course will seek to develop academic skills and business knowledge in order to provide a strong foundation to advance to successful higher level study.

Areas of study may include:

  • Academic writing
  • Research skills
  • Business Organisations
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Law
  • Human Resources

The Access to HE Business utilises a variety of speakers from local businesses who come and talk about their businesses, offering valuable insight into working scenarios. Students also go and spend time with big businesses locally to find out about their structure and the way successful businesses are managed.

To help the transition from Access to Higher Education, we also encourage students to liaise with Higher Education Admission Officers at different universities and attend Open University Days.

Teaching is provided by qualified staff who have worked in the sector for a number of years. Their knowledge is constantly updated by training and they attend regular guidance sessions with the awarding body to keep abreast of changes in national standards.

This diploma is validated and approved by One Awards.


Lessons are delivered in a variety of formats which include the use of presentations, workshops, independent research, lectures, class discussions and debates.

There is a strong emphasis on independent study in the second semester to help students prepare for a Higher Education learning environment.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants must be 19 years or over and must have GCSE English at grade C or grade 4 or above or a Level 2 Literacy before the start of the course.

It would also be beneficial to have GCSE Maths at grade C or grade 4 or above or a relevant Level 2 qualification but you can undertake GCSE / Full Level 2 Maths alongside the access course.