Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)
Business and Management Pathway

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) - Business and Management Pathway

If you want to get to university to study a business degree, then an Access to Higher Education Diploma is a flexible alternative to A-Levels. This qualification is designed for learners that want to understand more about the theory and application of management techniques in business. You’ll explore a variety of modules on key topics including employment law, HR management and marketing. Develop the skills you need to make the step up to a degree programme.

Check your University will accept this qualification

Most universities and colleges accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement, but we strongly recommend that you check with each of the institutions you’re interested in attending. The syllabus tab (below) provides course specifications which identify the units provided in this course, so you can let the universities know the ground of learning your qualification will have covered.

You will need Maths and English GCSE grade C

Universities and colleges are likely to ask you for a minimum of Grade C in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent. You’ll also need to meet this requirement in order to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management).

How soon can I get my Access to Higher Education Diploma?

Set the pace of your learning

How long it takes you to complete your Access course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your Access course is six months.

You’re not alone

Contact is all available, obviously with your assessor, but also with students on the same course, via our unique platform PEARL. There are debates and forums in which you can participate. Sharing thoughts and ideas is all part of the learning process.

How do I submit assignments?

Your study materials will be broken down into units, and you will complete an assignment for each unit. You can make notes, or ‘assignment planners’ inside the course materials for each unit as you go along; they will prepare you for the way you need to study at university.

Get feedback from your personal assessor

All the study materials are online and your personal assessor will also mark all your assignments in our virtual learning environment platform, PEARL. Your feedback will be mostly via email and is also in PDFs which will be delivered within PEARL, so you can log-on and chart your progress. Your assessor will also provide guidance to help you successfully complete assignments.

Assignments and credits

The assignment itself relates exactly to the study materials and is your way of proving that you have learned it. All assignments provide the evidence against which you are awarded learning credits. 60 credits equates to an Access to Higher Education Diploma. The 60 credits comprise 15 ungraded credits and 45 graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

After your course, you’ll have the skills you need to apply for a business degree course. You can specialise in areas such as HR management and international business.

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to go into a career in management, sales, accountancy or marketing.

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources.
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced.
  • Understand a range of reading strategies.
  • Understand note-making methods.
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 4: Independent Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Unit 5: Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand management at different levels of a business.
  • Understand different styles of management.
  • Understand the management of change.
  • Understand the importance of information in decision making.

Unit 6: The Individual in Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the theories of motivation.
  • Understand the importance of team working.
  • Understand what delegation involves.
  • Understand the role of training within organisations.

Unit 7: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course

Unit 8: Market Structures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Give a simple explanation of the market structure the firm fits into and why
  • List the firms main competitors
  • List types of non price competition used by the firm

Unit 9: Business & the Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and operations of the national economy.
  • Understand the competitive environment in which businesses operate and how businesses respond.
  • Understand different types of business organisations.
  • Understand the range of different objectives a business may develop.
  • Understand key concepts in business strategy formulation.

Unit 10: Human Resource Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand workforce planning.
  • Understand theories of motivation and their practical application.
  • Understand management structure and organisation.
  • Understand the nature of industrial relations in modern Britain.

Unit 11: Business and Employment law

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of business organisations and the process of information.
  • Show an understanding of the legal relationships arising from business operations and activities.

Unit 12: Operations Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by efficiency.
  • Understand what is meant by lean production.

Unit 13: Business Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a mixed economy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and financial structure of the organisations found in the public sector.
  • Show an appreciation of the methods of growth used by and available to business organisations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and purpose of public sector organisations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of change on the public sector.

Unit 14: Quality Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of quality to a work team.
  • Know how to measure an aspect of quality relating to meeting customer needs.
  • Understand how to carry out a quality audit in line with an organisation’s quality system.
  • Be able to respond to quality issues as a team leader.

Unit 15: Consumer Legislation

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the legislation which regulates contracts for the supply of goods and services
  • Understand the legislation which protects the consumer in civil law
  • Understand the legislation which protects the consumer in criminal law
  • Understand the liability imposed on manufacturers by consumer legislation

Unit 16: Resource allocation

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Use cost / benefits analysis in order to make a valued judgment on an Investment proposal
  • Understand what the term ‘Market Failure’ means
  • Understand why and for what purpose Governments intervene in the market
  • To define the concepts of externalities, public goods, merit and demerit goods

Unit 17: Marketing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand marketing
  • Understand product development and the role of market research
  • Understand the role of the marketing mix
  • Know how to manage marketing strategies

Unit 18: Macro Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • List the main categories of unemployment
  • State briefly the causes of each type of unemployment
  • Describe the main policies used by the Governments to decrease unemployment
  • Use recent figures in order to compare unemployment within the UK with another European country.

Unit 19: Business Planning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the need for risk management.
  • Understand the importance of forward financial planning.
  • Understand the need to monitor and review progress against a business plan.

Unit 20: Business Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand methods of collecting information for business purposes.
  • Know how to interpret and draw conclusions from business data and information.
  • Know how to create business reports.
  • Understand the use of oral presentations in business.
  • Know how to interpret and use business terminology.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3.

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study an Education related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English,Maths and/or Science – or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

If you’re a UK resident aged 19 or over then you’ll have to pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly installments but the payments only begin once you’ve finished the Access to HE course and are earning over £25,000 pa.

Ideally, once you’ve finished the Access to HE Diploma you’ll then go on to complete a Higher Education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

The degree course does not have to relate to the Access to HE course that you’ve previously taken, however, both must be successfully (Access and Degree) completed in order to cancel re-payment of the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).


Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan with this course. We are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. You can access your Advanced Learner Loan if you meet the criteria. Two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.

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Payment Method
With an Advanced Learner Loan
Registration Fee £75.00
Repayments: No Payments until salary reaches £25,000
Total Price: £3,022.00
EU Social Fund
SFA England

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE)

Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

You can enrol today and pay much, much later

You can access your course information straight away. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.

Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, Dimensions Training Solutions offers considerably more than the same one without the 19+ funding loan.

Enhanced course content

Six Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) modules are embedded in the content of your course: Maths, English, Digital Life Skills, Confidence, Resilience and Meeting Deadlines.

You can choose to study a further four: Workplace Ready, Initiative, Teamwork and Problem Solving. These are all designed to boost your personal skill level and help your career progression.

Additional personal support

A Student Support Officer (SSO) will be assigned to you, so you have a single point of contact throughout your course to support you with any admin issues. Dimensions Training Solutions regularly update the SFA with details of study hours, and evidence of learning, in order to responsibly account for your course funding.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date” and your SSO is there to encourage and help you stay on course. This is in addition to your Assessor, who assesses your work and provides personal constructive feedback.

The difference between courses funded by 19+ loan and privately funded courses

Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans
Course funded privately
Personal Student Support Officer assigned to you
Personal Assessor Support assigned to you Automatic embedding of 6 key Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) in course
10 EILS available
Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date”
Flexible deadline to finish your course
Online study delivery
Postal study delivery
Payment in full or in instalments while you study
Eligibility requirement for loan
Nothing to pay until course is finished and you earn over £25,000 pa.
Are you eligible for a 19+
Advanced Learner Loan?
  • Aged over 19 and living in the UK?
  • 19+ loans are Government backed, so you only pay them back if you’re earning over £25,000 a year.