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  • 100% online learning
  • 20 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

Key Points

  • Master the key principles of business
  • Learn about market structures and management
  • Study consumer legislation

 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Start a new career in business or start your own company

About your Diploma

To be effective in business takes skill and understanding of management, organisational structures and your market. If you plan on taking the leap into business, then this course will provide you with the core knowledge you need to study at university.

You will learn a variety of skills that will help to either establish your own company or help you to find the avenue of business that appeals to you the most, whether that’s marketing, operations or leadership.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is developed by experts to give you the skills and knowledge to succeed in business. During your studies you will learn about key business principles including macro-economics and market conditions, the business environment, organisational structures, marketing and more.

You will study management styles and effective decision making. You will also learn how to manage change and understand the effect those changes can have on the business.

This diploma covers other essential information such as consumer legislation, quality management and how to build and motivate a team.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) includes modules to prepare you for degree level studies including study techniques and how to write an assignment.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

It has been designed to prepare you for the level of study required in university. With this qualification you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to study business at degree level.

You will get the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of business which will prepare you for further studies. This course will open up learning opportunities across a number of areas including pure business, marketing, HR and more.

Studied completely online, you’re free to learn around any existing work or family commitments. With the ability to log on when it suits, you will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma. This flexibility often enables students to be finished and applying to university within a year.

You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your work, so you know where you need to focus your attention to succeed.

There are also flexible payment methods available. Reducing the obstacles in the way of education and helping you take that next step to your new career in business.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

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 (Learning aim reference = 40010363).

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Business and Management related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

 

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.

 

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 ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task. 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.  

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.
  • Understand the impact of change on the public sector.

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.

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.

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.  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.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).

 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

Key Points

  • Master the key principles of business
  • Learn about market structures and management
  • Study consumer legislation

 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Start a new career in business or start your own company

About your Diploma

To be effective in business takes skill and understanding of management, organisational structures and your market. If you plan on taking the leap into business, then this course will provide you with the core knowledge you need to study at university.

You will learn a variety of skills that will help to either establish your own company or help you to find the avenue of business that appeals to you the most, whether that’s marketing, operations or leadership.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is developed by experts to give you the skills and knowledge to succeed in business. During your studies you will learn about key business principles including macro-economics and market conditions, the business environment, organisational structures, marketing and more.

You will study management styles and effective decision making. You will also learn how to manage change and understand the effect those changes can have on the business.

This diploma covers other essential information such as consumer legislation, quality management and how to build and motivate a team.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) includes modules to prepare you for degree level studies including study techniques and how to write an assignment.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

It has been designed to prepare you for the level of study required in university. With this qualification you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to study business at degree level.

You will get the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of business which will prepare you for further studies. This course will open up learning opportunities across a number of areas including pure business, marketing, HR and more.

Studied completely online, you’re free to learn around any existing work or family commitments. With the ability to log on when it suits, you will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma. This flexibility often enables students to be finished and applying to university within a year.

You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your work, so you know where you need to focus your attention to succeed.

There are also flexible payment methods available. Reducing the obstacles in the way of education and helping you take that next step to your new career in business.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

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 (Learning aim reference = 40010363).

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Business and Management related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

 

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.

 

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 ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task. 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.  

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.
  • Understand the impact of change on the public sector.

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.

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.

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.  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.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).

 

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