Access to Higher Education Business and Management Diploma

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Tutor Support Included

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Flexible Payment Options

You can enrol today from as little as £9.99 and not pay any course fees until . What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

Learn At Your Own Pace

Study wherever and whenever you want. You’ll have access to your course for two years so you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

This Course at a Glance

Start a business career
No experience required 
Go to university without A Levels
Affordable payment plans available
100% online learning
No exams

 

About your Diploma

There’s almost no end to the way you can work in business. From management to logistics and compliance, there are many avenues you can pursue that lead to well-paying careers. If you’ve ever considered working in this field, you might be unsure of which area is best for you. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose before you can get started. 
 
By studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management), you can get a grounding in all aspects of successful business and management practices. It’s often too hard to make a call on your future when you don’t have experience of what your chosen field is like, which is why this course is designed to help you make an informed decision. 
 
It allows you to study different aspects of business, from the economic environment to law and marketing. As well as review the key characteristics and range of styles of management that are employed in a modern-day workplace. You will get a detailed introduction to these areas and more, so you can find your feet and identify where you may like to focus your studies when you choose your degree.
 
Upon successful completion of this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you will be able to apply for a business or management-related degree without A Levels. This is because the qualification is a equivalent to 3 A Levels. What’s more, as it is studied completely online, you can get the qualification you need for university from the comfort of your own home. 
 

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK online learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is a nationally recognised Level 3 equivalent qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
You have up to two years to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their
 
Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. So, you can study from the comfort of home and around your existing commitments. 
 
You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

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 ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.

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: Business Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the concept of a mixed economy.
  • Understand the legal and financial structure of organisations found in the public sector.
  • Understand the methods of growth available to business organisations.
  • Understand the nature and purpose of public sector organisations.
  • Understand the impact of change on the public sector.

Unit 5: Management 

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 6: Market Structures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand characteristics which affect the nature of market competition and pricing.
  • Understand Porter’s ‘five forces’ model of market structure.
  • Understand the measurement of competition by the use of concentration ratios.
  • Understand the use of non-price competition by organisations.

Unit 7: 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.
  • Understand marketing strategies.

Unit 8: Macro-Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand macro-economic analysis.
  • Understand the main objectives of Government economic policies.
  • Understand the main tools used by the Government to manage the economy.
  • Understand the productivity of the UK economy.

Unit 9: 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 10: Team Work and Motivation in Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the theories of motivation.
  • Understand the importance of team work in a business context.
  • Understand delegation techniques in a business context.
  • Understand the role of training within business organisations.

Unit 11: Research Topic

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your Diploma title.
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report.
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills.

Unit 12: Quality Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of quality to a business.
  • Understand quality systems.
  • Understand quality auditing.
  • Understand how to respond to quality issues.

Unit 13: 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 different types of business objectives.
  • Understand key concepts in business strategy formulation.

Unit 14: Business and Employment Law

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different types of business organisations and the process of information.
  • Understand the legal relationships arising from business operations and activities.

Unit 15: Resource Allocation

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the central economic problem of scarcity arising from infinite wants and finite resources.
  • Understand how demand is influenced by not only price but also changes in taste and fashion.
  • Understand the meaning and nature of market failure.
  • Understand the concepts of externalities, public goods, merit and demerit goods.

Unit 16: Operations Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to assess efficiency in a given business.
  • Understand what is meant by lean production.

Unit 17: Business Planning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the need for risk management.
  • Be able to carry out risk analysis.
  • Be able to create financial projections.
  • Be able to create and review a business plan.
You can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma without prior qualifications, but when you come to apply to university, you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. As these commonly feature on the entry requirements list for most degrees.
 
Should you not have these qualifications when you start your Access to HE Diploma, you can work towards them at the same time. This is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • 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 C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
 
It’s up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution

Your work will be assessed through end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. 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.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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 (QAA ref = 40010363).

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 Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Upon successful completion of this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) you can get started in a career in business. 
 
Many roles don’t require you to have qualifications, but business and management professionals who are qualified can pursue senior roles with more responsibility and a higher salary. With an Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management), you could go on to study degrees in:
  • Business Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism
  • Transport
With a business-related degree, just some of the many roles you could go onto work as include:
  • Accountant
  • Bank Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Company Secretary
  • Events Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Hotel Manager
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Investment Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Operational Researcher
  • Stockbroker

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
Once you become a qualified business or management professional, you can continue your learning to help you progress in your career, move into a specialist area and command a higher wage. There are numerous online courses you can take to advance your knowledge in a convenient and efficient way. 
 
Just some of the many leadership and management courses you could take include:
  • Credit Management 
  • E-Business Management 
  • European Hospitality Management
  • Food and Beverages Management
  • Information Resources Management
  • Risk Management
 
Then to expand your knowledge in business, you could study:
  • Business and the Environment
  • Business Law
  • Business Contracts 
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Digital Networks and Digital Business
  • E-Business Strategy
 
No matter the area of business or management you want to pursue, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is the ideal platform to get you into the industry. 

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

This Course at a Glance

Start a business career
No experience required 
Go to university without A Levels
Affordable payment plans available
100% online learning
No exams

 

About your Diploma

There’s almost no end to the way you can work in business. From management to logistics and compliance, there are many avenues you can pursue that lead to well-paying careers. If you’ve ever considered working in this field, you might be unsure of which area is best for you. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose before you can get started. 
 
By studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management), you can get a grounding in all aspects of successful business and management practices. It’s often too hard to make a call on your future when you don’t have experience of what your chosen field is like, which is why this course is designed to help you make an informed decision. 
 
It allows you to study different aspects of business, from the economic environment to law and marketing. As well as review the key characteristics and range of styles of management that are employed in a modern-day workplace. You will get a detailed introduction to these areas and more, so you can find your feet and identify where you may like to focus your studies when you choose your degree.
 
Upon successful completion of this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you will be able to apply for a business or management-related degree without A Levels. This is because the qualification is a equivalent to 3 A Levels. What’s more, as it is studied completely online, you can get the qualification you need for university from the comfort of your own home. 
 

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK online learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is a nationally recognised Level 3 equivalent qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
You have up to two years to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their
 
Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. So, you can study from the comfort of home and around your existing commitments. 
 
You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

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 ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.

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: Business Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the concept of a mixed economy.
  • Understand the legal and financial structure of organisations found in the public sector.
  • Understand the methods of growth available to business organisations.
  • Understand the nature and purpose of public sector organisations.
  • Understand the impact of change on the public sector.

Unit 5: Management 

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 6: Market Structures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand characteristics which affect the nature of market competition and pricing.
  • Understand Porter’s ‘five forces’ model of market structure.
  • Understand the measurement of competition by the use of concentration ratios.
  • Understand the use of non-price competition by organisations.

Unit 7: 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.
  • Understand marketing strategies.

Unit 8: Macro-Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand macro-economic analysis.
  • Understand the main objectives of Government economic policies.
  • Understand the main tools used by the Government to manage the economy.
  • Understand the productivity of the UK economy.

Unit 9: 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 10: Team Work and Motivation in Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the theories of motivation.
  • Understand the importance of team work in a business context.
  • Understand delegation techniques in a business context.
  • Understand the role of training within business organisations.

Unit 11: Research Topic

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your Diploma title.
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report.
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills.

Unit 12: Quality Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of quality to a business.
  • Understand quality systems.
  • Understand quality auditing.
  • Understand how to respond to quality issues.

Unit 13: 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 different types of business objectives.
  • Understand key concepts in business strategy formulation.

Unit 14: Business and Employment Law

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different types of business organisations and the process of information.
  • Understand the legal relationships arising from business operations and activities.

Unit 15: Resource Allocation

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the central economic problem of scarcity arising from infinite wants and finite resources.
  • Understand how demand is influenced by not only price but also changes in taste and fashion.
  • Understand the meaning and nature of market failure.
  • Understand the concepts of externalities, public goods, merit and demerit goods.

Unit 16: Operations Management

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to assess efficiency in a given business.
  • Understand what is meant by lean production.

Unit 17: Business Planning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the need for risk management.
  • Be able to carry out risk analysis.
  • Be able to create financial projections.
  • Be able to create and review a business plan.

Requirements

You can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma without prior qualifications, but when you come to apply to university, you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. As these commonly feature on the entry requirements list for most degrees.
 
Should you not have these qualifications when you start your Access to HE Diploma, you can work towards them at the same time. This is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • 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 C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
 
It’s up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. 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.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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 (QAA ref = 40010363).

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 Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Upon successful completion of this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) you can get started in a career in business. 
 
Many roles don’t require you to have qualifications, but business and management professionals who are qualified can pursue senior roles with more responsibility and a higher salary. With an Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management), you could go on to study degrees in:
  • Business Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism
  • Transport
With a business-related degree, just some of the many roles you could go onto work as include:
  • Accountant
  • Bank Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Company Secretary
  • Events Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Hotel Manager
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Investment Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Operational Researcher
  • Stockbroker

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
Once you become a qualified business or management professional, you can continue your learning to help you progress in your career, move into a specialist area and command a higher wage. There are numerous online courses you can take to advance your knowledge in a convenient and efficient way. 
 
Just some of the many leadership and management courses you could take include:
  • Credit Management 
  • E-Business Management 
  • European Hospitality Management
  • Food and Beverages Management
  • Information Resources Management
  • Risk Management
 
Then to expand your knowledge in business, you could study:
  • Business and the Environment
  • Business Law
  • Business Contracts 
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Digital Networks and Digital Business
  • E-Business Strategy
 
No matter the area of business or management you want to pursue, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is the ideal platform to get you into the industry. 

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