Access To HE Diploma – Business & Law – October 2022

Start Date: 05 October 2022
Funding information: Free for First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds otherwise Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

The Access to Higher Education courses have been designed predominantly for older students returning to education to gain the qualifications, academic skills and knowledge necessary to progress on to university-level study.

This diploma covers a range of topics designed to allow you to develop skills and knowledge in business and law-related professions. You will explore business operations, values and principles in law, strategic thinking and gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between business and law.

Additionally, the course covers units from the subject areas of computing and sociology.

Your time on the course will help you to develop key transferable skills for the workplace, such as effective communication, team-working and collaborating, and sourcing and utilising evidence.

Additional units, such as academic writing, sourcing and referencing academic texts, and presenting effectively to a group, will help you to develop key academic skills and prepare you for study at higher education level.

You will have a Personal Tutor who will support you throughout the programme, as well as access to the Higher and Adult Support Coordinator who offers key advice on returning to learning, finances, progression and wellbeing.

Upon successful completion of this Diploma, students will be able to:

  • Understand how business operations work
  • Recognise the values and principles of the law in business
  • Apply strategic thinking skills in relation to business and the law
  • Explain the key concepts of consumer and employment law
  • Outline the powers of the police
  • Develop core research, referencing and study skills for success in HE

Ultimately, the Access to HE course will prepare you for study at higher education level.

Course Content

To successfully complete the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve a total of 60 credits. These credits will be achieved through completion of the following units (unit credit value in brackets):


  • Teamwork and Leadership (3)
  • Marketing Tools (6)
  • Organisational Structures (6)


  • Understanding English Law (6)
  • Homicide (3)
  • Introduction to Tort (3)
  • Non-Fatal Offences


  • Information Management in the Workplace

Sociology and Social Policy

  • Equality and Diversity (6)
  • Historical Development of Social Policy (3)

Academic Study Skills

  • Producing a Written assignment (3)
  • Researching and Referencing (3)
  • Presentation Skills (3)
  • Introduction to Business Organisations (3)
  • Understanding Actus Rea and Mens Rea (3)

Some units may be subject to change.

Entry Requirements

You will need a grade C/4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Enrolment will be subject to an initial progression discussion and, in cases where English and Maths qualifications are not currently held, an initial assessment may be required to determine the most appropriate level of entry.

The Access to Higher Education courses have been designed predominantly for older students returning to education. However, each application will be considered on an individual basis, on the condition you are aged 19 or over by the course start date and hold GCSE grade C/4 or above in English

Assessment Methods

  • Research projects
  • Portfolio
  • Written assignments
  • Role play/simulations
  • Presentations


The aim of this qualification is to prepare students for progression into higher education subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Business
  • Business and Management
  • Law
  • Commercial Law
  • International Business
  • International Law
  • Business and Law

Please note: students are strongly advised to contact universities prior to commencing this Access to HE Diploma to check the university’s specific entry criteria. The award of a Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK higher education programmes – each university has its own criteria for entry.


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