Business- Access to Higher Education Diploma
About the course
This course is designed for people who wish to study a Business-related degree at University but who currently lack the necessary qualifications. It is the ideal bridging course to a career in Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and public sector organisations
All applicants must have a minimum grade C in GCSE maths. It would be an advantage if you had also undertaken work experience or voluntary work in a relevant field, where you got to demonstrate your organisational or administrative skills. Your motivation and commitment to the course will be tested at interview.
For International Students: Along with the above qualifications, you will also need an IELTS 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in each component), or equivalent.
For this Diploma you will study Academic Study Skills, Business Studies, Economics, Leisure & tourism, ICT or Accountancy and Finance options. To be accepted for the Accountancy and Finance option you will have to pass a further assessment.
You will also have a personal tutor who will support you during the year and who will advise you on your applications to higher education institutions.
The course requires between 2.5 to 3 days attendance a week. You will also be expected to undertake private study of 10-15 hours a week in addition to this.
Assessment is by coursework and occasional written examinations.
You can progress on to a range of possible degrees in Business, Finance, Business IT, Marketing, Hospitality, Tourism, Human Resources, law or similar fields. The course coordinator, careers and higher education advisors, will give you advice and guidance on this, and on your application to university.
On the course I learnt about social enterprise, not-for-profit business and how to become an entrepreneur
Studied: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business.
Now: Progressed to a business degree at City University and is now running his own business
“On the course I learnt about social enterprise, not-for-profit business and how to become an entrepreneur. I decided that I wanted to start a business not just to make money, but to help people. I had not heard of access courses before, but they are an amazing and intensive route to university for people like me who want a career change.”
Matthias has now launched his own business selling brightly patterned shirts to raise money to help train local teachers in Burma.
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