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Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies) Diploma Specification, Rules of Combination and Approved Units

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Information for learners

Is this the right qualification for you?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business Studies) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

It is designed for:

  • adults with a current or previous role or interest in business;
  • adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education;
  • adults from groups under-represented in higher education;
  • adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a business related profession.

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Business Studies. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Business Studies, Marketing, Economics, Accountancy, Business Management, International Business, Law and Finance degrees. In addition, some colleges may offer internal progression to, for example, Higher National Diplomas in Business. 

You can find out more about the Access to HE Diploma in our Guide for Learners and Learner Area.

Where can you study this Access to HE Diploma?

Access to HE Diplomas are delivered by OCN London centres including Further Education Colleges, and Adult and Community Education Centres. The following centres are approved to deliver this qualification:

Barking and Dagenham College
City & Islington College
City of Westminster College
CU Coventry
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
HCUC - Harrow
HCUC - Uxbridge
Highbury College Portsmouth
Kendal College
Kingston College
Lambeth College
London South East Colleges – Bexley Campus
Morley College
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College - Richmond Campus
Richmond Upon Thames College
South Thames College
Southwark College
Stanmore College
Westminster Kingsway College

You can find out more about these centres and the Diplomas that they offer by visiting their pages in our Access to HE Course Directory and by contacting them directly.

You can also study for an Access to HE Diploma in Business and Accounting, Fashion Business, Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism or Trading and Finance.

Information for centres

How can we deliver this qualification?

You can enquire about becoming an approved centre for delivering Access to HE Diplomas by completing the Centre Approval Enquiry Form.

You can find out more about the delivery of the Access to HE Diploma by reading our Access to HE Brochure and the OCN London Access to HE Diploma Guide.

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