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Milnthorpe Road Campus

Access to HE

It’s never too late! Our courses are specifically designed for adults aged 19 and over returning to study, either after a break or as part of a career change. They offer a proven and successful route to university study.

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Course Overview

The Access to HE Diploma in Business Studies is a one year course to prepare learners for university. This course is aimed at those who may not have traditional level 3 qualifications that would be used as entry criteria for university. This qualification provides you with the appropriate knowledge, and skills that would be required for higher education and allows you to develop to reach the academic level that would be required.

Our Access to HE Business studies Diploma is delivered by experienced tutors in both education and industry. You will learn through classroom based delivery, trips to experience the reality of the business world and through highly knowledgeable guest speakers who will pass on a wealth of knowledge to support your learning journey.

This qualification is assessed through a variety of assignments that will be based upon the business industry. They will reflect the assignments that you may be given in higher education and in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

You must be 19+ at the beginning of the course and be able to demonstrate that you are ready for study at this level. It is desirable to have English or Maths GCSE or equivalent. As part of the application process, you will be offered an interview with the course tutor.

After Your Course

Learners can progress on to degree level study in:

- Accountancy
- Business Management
- Business studies
- Economics
- Finance
- International Business
- Law
- Marketing

There is also the option of continuing studies here at the college with out HNC and HND business program.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.