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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 20 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

This Course at a Glance

  • Get on track to a prosperous business career
  • Study a business degree without A Levels
  • Learn about marketing, market structures and more
  • No previous business experience required 
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Studied entirely online
  • No exams

About your Diploma

Any business needs to be at the top of its game if it is going to thrive and survive in increasingly competitive markets. For this to happen, it needs a whole web of professionals behind the scenes overseeing each aspect to ensure the entire operation runs smoothly.
 
This requires skilled personnel working in departments from management to logistics, business law to compliance. Each of these roles and the many others that exist in the business world can be just as rewarding as they are challenging. If you would like to get the knowledge and qualifications to pursue a prosperous career in business, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is an excellent place to start. 
 
As a vocation-focused course, you can explore the many facets that make up a business and how they all work together, before deciding the area you want to specialise in within your degree. This is not only perfect preparation for university level study, but ideal for any learner that isn’t yet sure what their future in business looks like. 
 
You will study various aspects of business through modules that examine the economic environment, business planning, operations management and more. You will also review the key characteristics and management styles that are utilised in today's workplace. 
 
With this Access to Higher Education Diploma under your belt, you can apply for a business or management-related degree without A Levels. As an online course, you will also achieve this qualification from the comfort of home. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading UK distance learning providers. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is nationally recognised as a Level 3 qualification and the course is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Learners can complete the course over one year, however, the flexibility of online study makes faster completion possible. In fact, most of our learners finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. So, you can potentially be on the way to university within a year.
 
Once enrolled, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments, to keep you on track throughout your studies. 
 
*Please note, the entry requirements can be different for each university as each institution sets its own. It is up to the learner to check with their chosen institution that this qualification will be accepted before enrolling on the course. 

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

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2). If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
This is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
 
University admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience 
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
It’s up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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 private 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 and 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 end of unit assignments. These will provide you with 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)

This Course at a Glance

  • Get on track to a prosperous business career
  • Study a business degree without A Levels
  • Learn about marketing, market structures and more
  • No previous business experience required 
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Studied entirely online
  • No exams

About your Diploma

Any business needs to be at the top of its game if it is going to thrive and survive in increasingly competitive markets. For this to happen, it needs a whole web of professionals behind the scenes overseeing each aspect to ensure the entire operation runs smoothly.
 
This requires skilled personnel working in departments from management to logistics, business law to compliance. Each of these roles and the many others that exist in the business world can be just as rewarding as they are challenging. If you would like to get the knowledge and qualifications to pursue a prosperous career in business, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is an excellent place to start. 
 
As a vocation-focused course, you can explore the many facets that make up a business and how they all work together, before deciding the area you want to specialise in within your degree. This is not only perfect preparation for university level study, but ideal for any learner that isn’t yet sure what their future in business looks like. 
 
You will study various aspects of business through modules that examine the economic environment, business planning, operations management and more. You will also review the key characteristics and management styles that are utilised in today's workplace. 
 
With this Access to Higher Education Diploma under your belt, you can apply for a business or management-related degree without A Levels. As an online course, you will also achieve this qualification from the comfort of home. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading UK distance learning providers. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is nationally recognised as a Level 3 qualification and the course is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Learners can complete the course over one year, however, the flexibility of online study makes faster completion possible. In fact, most of our learners finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. So, you can potentially be on the way to university within a year.
 
Once enrolled, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments, to keep you on track throughout your studies. 
 
*Please note, the entry requirements can be different for each university as each institution sets its own. It is up to the learner to check with their chosen institution that this qualification will be accepted before enrolling on the course. 
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

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2). If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
This is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
 
University admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience 
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
It’s up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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 private 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 and 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 end of unit assignments. These will provide you with 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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