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Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) Distance Learning

Course Summary

Do you want to build a career in the business world, but don’t have the qualifications to get to university? The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) will give you the knowledge you need to study at degree level. Working as a manager in a fast-paced business environment can be challenging. You must have the skills to motivate your team, while meeting your own targets.

This Access to HE Diploma takes an in-depth look at key elements of running a company, including common staff structures and different styles of management. Discover how business operates, and examine market structures, management and economics. The course provides the tools to understand management roles at every level. You’ll also explore topics including HR, marketing and business planning.

The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management), will prepare you to make a step up academically. Units on researching independently, following study schedules and writing essays will increase your confidence before you start your degree course.

This Access to HE Diploma has been created as an alternative to more traditional qualifications. In the UK, many universities are happy to accept applications from students who hold, or are studying towards, this kind of qualification. Most health related degree programmes will also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and maths.

As this is a distance learning course, it is perfect for learners who have been out of education for an extended period and have other time constraints. What’s more is that our students can begin working on their course from the moment of enrolment; whether that is in September or at any other point during the year.


Once you have completed your course, you can apply to study a business and management degree at university. Graduates will come away with transferable skills including the ability to analyse data and communicate effectively.

Entry Requirements

  • You must be 19 years old

  • You must have a Level 2 in Maths and English

  • Have access to IT and Wi-fi

  • Distance Learning isn’t for everyone. If we feel that this mode of study may not be quite right for you, we will help you to find the one that is.

Course content

1. Preparing for Success

2. Preparing to Study

3. Academic Writing Skills

4. Preparing a Written Assignment

5. Business Operations

6. Management

7. Marketing

8. Macro-Economics and the Business Environment

9. Consumer Legislation

10. Team Work and Motivation in Organisations

11. Research Topic

12. Quality Management

13. Business and the Environment

14. Business and Employment Law

15. Resource Allocation

16. Study Skills Portfolio Building

17. Operations Management

18. Market Structure

19. Business Planning

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 8 - 12 months.

  • Start anytime

  • The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, which is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to pass the qualification, all assignments should be completed and returned to one of our tutors. Once a tutor has given you a grade and supplied you with useful feedback, you are free to move on to your next piece of work and so on. Once you have all of your marks, New College will have all the evidence needed to award you with qualification credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these credits, 45 are taken from graded units which focus on academic subject content. The other 15 credits are drawn from a number of ungraded units which are included to help you to improve your academic study skills.

Costs and Resources

  • You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £26,575. Please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx


Due to the high level of applications we are receiving at the moment, it may take longer than normal to respond to your enquiry or application. Please bear with us and we will contact you as soon as we possibly can.

For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email: info@fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk

  • Duration: 8-12 months
  • Venue: QD
  • Fee: £3022
  • Course Code: BC8899
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