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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

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Overview

If you have always wanted a career in business, but haven’t got the level of education required for your dream role, this course will grant you access to higher education and a place to study business at university, all from the comfort of your own home.

Gaining access to higher education online means that you will have instant access to your study materials so you can get learning right away. You’ll also be able to study at your own pace, wherever you are, whether that’s at home, in a café or a park. There are no limitations on how you choose to conduct your studies and you can fit your learning around your work commitments or family schedule. The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months. However, on average, learners take 8 to 9 months to complete their course and achieve their Access to Higher Education Diploma.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) includes everything you will need for academic study and also prepares you for the world of business, with modules on economics, legislation, management, business law and organisational structure.

Enrolling on an Access to HE Diploma with learndirect means you will also benefit from interactive and personalised study materials, plus access to dedicated tutors who will be with you every step of the way on your journey to success. You can also communicate with other students, ask questions and discover a network of support in our learning community.

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: 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.

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.
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills.

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

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

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.

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 = 40005173).

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.

If you have always wanted a career in business, but haven’t got the level of education required for your dream role, this course will grant you access to higher education and a place to study business at university, all from the comfort of your own home.

Gaining access to higher education online means that you will have instant access to your study materials so you can get learning right away. You’ll also be able to study at your own pace, wherever you are, whether that’s at home, in a café or a park. There are no limitations on how you choose to conduct your studies and you can fit your learning around your work commitments or family schedule. The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months. However, on average, learners take 8 to 9 months to complete their course and achieve their Access to Higher Education Diploma.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) includes everything you will need for academic study and also prepares you for the world of business, with modules on economics, legislation, management, business law and organisational structure.

Enrolling on an Access to HE Diploma with learndirect means you will also benefit from interactive and personalised study materials, plus access to dedicated tutors who will be with you every step of the way on your journey to success. You can also communicate with other students, ask questions and discover a network of support in our learning community.

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: 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.

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.
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills.

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

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

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.

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 = 40005173).

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.

If you would like to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) but fund it with an Advanced Learner Loan you can do so with New College Swindon.

Click the 'Enquire Now' button and submit your contact details. One of the learner support team from New College Swindon will contact you within 24 hours and help you enrol on this diploma.

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