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Access to Higher Education- Diploma in Business

Level:
Level 3
Course Code:
FTB317
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
One year


Access to Higher Education Diplomas enable adult learners to apply for a degree programme in only one year. If you have a career path in mind which requires a degree and you thought you may never do it, think again. Our Access Diplomas also cater for students who have been away from studying for some time. The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve your goal.

This course provides you with excellent opportunities to progress towards your goal of a career in business management.

FAQs  

This full time course is perfect for giving you the skills you need to progress onto a degree related to Business Management. You will study a range of business-related subjects including Business, Management, Law, Marketing, Finance and IT Applications which will offer you a route onto a variety of business-related degree programmes.

To succeed, you will need to be aged 19 or over, motivated, enthusiastic, able to manage your time effectively and be ready to study. You will be part of a group of adult students who are excited about learning, are willing to work hard with other members of the group and participate.

Many people worry that they are too old to do an Access to Higher Education course, or will feel out of place - in fact, there is no upper-age limit and there will be many other mature students on this course - just like you. All you need is to be committed to study and focused on your career choice.

This course is a Level 3 programme which enables you to progress on to a Foundation Degree or full Honours Degree at Petroc, awarded by Plymouth University, or to a BA or BSc programme at any UK university. The Access to Business course is aimed at those who are interested in business and management and associated careers.

All our Access to Higher Education Diplomas also include:
- Study Skills where you will gain valuable skills for university study, such as academic writing, Harvard referencing, and effectively locating and using a range of academic sources.
- Tutorial sessions. In Tutorials we will provide guidance and support for your UCAS application for university, as well as supporting you throughout your year of study.
The Access programme is predominantly based upon continuous assessment (coursework). There will be a variety of teaching methods used throughout the course including discussion, debates, small group exercises, on-line research, group presentations, whole class teaching and peer assessment. You will be supported and encouraged to develop and practice the skills that will enable you to become an independent learner and fully prepare you for Higher Education.

Students compile a portfolio of assessed work throughout the year, which is externally moderated at the end of the course.

Examination practice is a mandatory requirement of all Access courses. Our Diploma includes two study skills exams during the course to meet this requirement.
Students taking GCSE English or Maths will also have an external examinations in May/June
For learners aged 19 and above.

Most universities require at least 5 GCSE grades at C/4 or above, including English and Maths, as part of the entry requirements for degree courses. GCSE English and Maths are separate qualifications from the Access Diploma so, if required, we offer additional lessons for these subjects. If you don't already have a C/4 grade or above in Maths or English at GCSE, these are currently free for students over 18. Please contact our Guidance Centre for further details.

Please note that due to the amount of work involved, we strongly recommend that you only take one GCSE at the same time as the Access Diploma.

If you already have GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent), you should bring copies of your certificates with your to your interview.

Basic IT skills would be helpful.

There is no required set reading before the course starts, although you may find it useful to read newspaper articles about business.

It will also be useful to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application, which takes place in the first term.
This Diploma leads to a range of degree courses including Business, Management, Marketing, Law, Human Resource Management, Finance, Accounting and Business Applications and progression into a range of business-related careers.
There is an excellent Moodle (VLE) for the Diploma courses where you will have access to resources and additional reading, as well as extensive Learning Resources support.
- Individual computers can be booked for use in study periods.
- Our classrooms have undergone modernisation in recent years and are well-equipped with up-to-date technologies.
- The tutors are well qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and understand the needs of Access learners and provide appropriate support and guidance.
- There is also support on applying to university from specialists in our Guidance Centre.
- Separate facilities are available especially for mature students (19+), for example a designated common room
Paper, pen and a memory stick.
For further information, please contact our Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422.
Q: Do universities recognise the Access to HE Diploma?
A: The Access to HE Diploma is a national qualification and is recognised and accepted by UK universities. Many universities have policies to encourage applications from Access to HE students, who are valued for their maturity and willingness to contribute to discussions.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: You are entitled to full fee remission if the following applies to you:
Aged 19 to 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification.
Aged 23+ - find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan - our Advice & Guidance Centre will be able to help you with this & any questions you may have.

Applicants who take the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan do not need to pay anything upfront. If you complete your Access Diploma and then go on to complete a course in Higher Education, the remaining balance of your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, including any interest, will be written off. You can get full information from Student Finance England.
Or you can contact our Advice & Guidance Centre for advice and information on fees.

Q: Can I get any help with childcare, or other costs?
A: Some additional help is available, dependent upon individual circumstances - please contact our Advice & Guidance Centre for advice and information.

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