Access to HE Diploma (Business and Law)

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2023
Duration 32 Weeks
Cost Please enquire

Course overview

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university.

The Access to HE Diploma (Business) is ideal for those who want to progress onto a degree or other higher education programme in a wide range of business related subjects and law.

What will I learn

• Business
You will learn about the key concepts relevant to the study of business which will enable you to demonstrate an understanding of features of the business sector in the UK economy, including corporate and social responsibility. You will investigate business and organisation cultures and examine principles of business strategy

• Marketing
This subject will introduce you to the key purposes of marketing within an organisation. You will also analyse the marketing mix and different marketing strategies. You will plan and carry out your own research in the field of marketing and write your findings in a report.

• Law
This part of the course does focus on contract law, and the English legal system. These topics will compliment your business studies.

• Academic development and study skills
Besides subject knowledge, academic research and writing skills are crucial in helping you with your assignments on the Access to HE Diploma as well as preparing you for your future studies at higher levels. This subject will help you to identify your own skills and those required to progress to a degree and/ or future employment. We will support you with your UCAS application and prepare you for interviews.

Entry requirements

This is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you must have GCSE English and maths at Grade A*- C/ 9-4 or equivalent. You will also need to attend an interview and complete application and entry activities.

Please note, some universities require specific GCSE/ Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications and grades. It is a good idea to check with your chosen universities before beginning the Access to HE Diploma.

If you do not have any of these qualifications or are not sure, please get in touch. GCSE and/or Functional Skills Maths and English are available at the College FREE of charge for those without a grade 4 (C).


Students on this pathway typically progress onto degrees and other higher education programmes in the fields of business, accounting and finance, marketing and law. Whilst you can apply elsewhere, Nelson and Colne College Group has an exciting offer for those who desire to study local. These include: HNC & FdA Sustainable Business Management, HNC & FdA Sustainable Business Management and Economics, HNC & FdA Sustainable Business Management and Finance, and CertHE & FdA Professional Healthcare Management.