Vocational Course

Access to HE - Business and Law Diploma

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About this course

Starts in September

An Access course is a nationally recognised alternative to A Levels and GCSEs for entry to British Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The course offers excellent preparation for studying at a higher level and can increase your chances of future success.

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University. However, as part of the Open College Network, the qualification is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the university of your choice.

Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit.

What does the course involve?

The course covers a range of business topics that will enable all learners to apply their practical experience to established theory. It will form a firm foundation for a wider range of progression routes.

You will be expected to undertake research, work in groups and present your findings with justified recommendations.

What will I learn?

  • Business Skills
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Sources of Finance, Economics
  • Demand & Supply International Trade

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of strategies. Access Business uses essays, reports and presentations.

What do I need?

You require a GCSE grade C in English Language.

Where can it take me?

The Business Diploma Access to HE course is extremely versatile. In previous years we have had learners progress into a range of courses, for example BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) International Business, BA (Hons) Law.

While most students progress to university, a few realise that it is not the right path for them and find apprenticeships or employment.

Additional Information

For the first class, general enthusiasm and a ‘can-do’ attitude are the most important instruments. You are expected to organise yourself; we start learning from the first lesson, so a pen, paper and USB are all useful.

Who can I contact about the course?

Antonio Zarro - azarro@halesowen.ac.uk

Funding Your Access to HE Course

If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a full level 3 qualification (such as a BTEC, NVQ or A Levels) your course could be free.

If you do need to pay for the course you can pay in full, by instalments or by Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.