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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)


If you always wanted a career in business, but never got the qualifications to get into university, we have the solution for you. This Access to Higher Education Business & Management course will allow you to embark on a higher education degree. Not only will it offer you the freedom to follow a course of your choice, but it will also give you the knowledge to a confident start to your career in the business world. 

During this distance learning course you will learn applicable aspects in the running of a business such as approaches to management, staff structures, macro and microeconomics, as well as business law, marketing and budget management.

This Access to HE Diploma will also prepare you for the academic world. The course will familiarise you with the independent study, academic research and writing essays or reports. 

Check your new qualification is right for you

We strongly recommend that you contact the university, or teaching institution, you wish to attend and check that the entrance criteria for the degree course you aspire to can be met by this qualification. University admissions policies differ so it’s worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.

How does the course work? 

As this Access to HE Diploma (Business & Management) will be completed online, you will be free to carry out all your course work at home, in your own time. Enrolling on a course with Learndirect means you will also benefit of all the interactive study materials and unlimited access to your tutors and peers. You can communicate with other students, ask questions and discover great support in the discussion forum. 

There is no red tape with our courses. You can start learning straight away. At the same time you can also fit your study schedule around previous commitments. Whether you complete this business and management Access course in a minimum of 2 months, or over 18 months, it is entirely up to you. 



This course contains the following modules:

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: Macroeconomics 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.


If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GSCE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees. However, you can also have a relevant NVQ at level 2 if you wish to study a related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to help learners follow their academic aspirations and get them into their choice university. You must be mindful that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may even differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction.
  • A face-to-face interview at the university
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university.
  • Course-related work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) Or a full level 2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.

Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this Diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the admission criteria as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.


Assessment of your work will be offered through assignments. The end of each unit will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. Your tutor will offer marking and feedback to help you progress further.  This Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits .Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

We encourage you to complete both the graded and the ungraded units and check with the university of your choice what the entrance criteria is. This will help you understand what marks to aim for.


Qualification: 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.


Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):
Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.
Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also endorse organisations’ quality of internal training and skills delivery.

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