Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies)

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Awaiting validation

Access Diplomas are Level 3 courses specifically tailored toward the adult learner. Havant & South Downs College is proud to be offering QAA credit based Access to Higher Education Diplomas validated by LASER in a variety of qualification pathways.

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Access to HE Diploma (Business) SP-ACBSL3-G(1819)1A1

South Downs Campus
11-Sep-2018 - 04-Jul-2019 (weeks)

Learners should enter this programme of study with a grade 4/C in both English and Maths.

Over the course of this one year programme you will study the following units:

  • The nature, types and purpose of businesses 
  • The organisational context of business 
  • Role and function of human resources for business 
  • Business finances 
  • The role of IT in business 
  • Marketing for business 
  • Customers and suppliers for business
  • Quality improvement and risk management in business
  • Developing the business and entrepreneurship

Please note these units may be subject to change. This course also includes modules in Study Skills, preparation for university and an independent project unit. 

Upon successful completion of this course students will receive an Access to Higher Education Diploma which is currently validated by a regional Access Validation Agency (LASER). This is a national validation indicating a common level of academic achievement, recognised by universities. In addition, grades achieved through completion of Level 3 units will be shown separately on the certificate to indicate individual subject achievement/ability.


Access courses are taught by a team of specialist subject lecturers, supported by a tutor. Students are given help and advice on applying for Higher Education in specific sessions from tutors and the College Careers Department. Classes incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work, practical sessions etc. Attendance is compulsory.

Access classes are delivered on two days per week for 35 weeks. Sessions will include optional individual/additional support opportunities, tutorials and subject specific taught content. In the early weeks of the course students will be taught study skills to introduce and develop essay writing and academic skills to help them complete assessments; they will also receive advice and support in the process of completing the application to university. In addition to the contact hours, students will be required to complete independent work each week.

All QAA Access Diploma qualifications require students to achieve a total of 60 credits, including 45 graded credits at Level 3.


Assessment is made through completion of assignment based activities, essays, coursework, independent study and research, practical work and class based tests. To achieve an overall pass, students must achieve 60 credits of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 and up to 15 at Level 2. All Level 3 credits will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There are costs associated with this course that vary depending on the learner’s circumstances and existing qualifications. However, you may have the opportunity to take out an Advanced Learner Loan – if you take out one of these for your Access course and successfully complete your university course, you will have your loan payment waived. Please get in touch for further terms and conditions. This course has a full costs of £3,384.

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My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student


Successful completion of this course can lead to learners enrolling on the two year full time HND in Business or the three year part time Foundation Degree in Business and Management at HSDC. Learners can also progress on to a Business-related degree course at another HE institution.