In 2020, approximately three million people were employed in the UK's digital tech economy - an increase of 11% within two years. As per a Tech Nation report supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Digital Economy Council, a tenth of all UK job vacancies are tech roles. It is estimated that if such sustained growth continues, there would be 100,000 job openings in the tech industry per month before the end of June 2021.

An Access to HE diploma in Medicine can be vital for your learners to access the employment opportunities and university places currently available.

Why study an Access to HE Diploma in Digital Technologies in Business Management?

The Access to HE Diploma (Digital Technologies in Business Management) offers adult returners a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which they will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate studying in the intended progression routes for this Diploma.

Subject specific units include Management and Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Big Data, Financial Budgeting and Analysis, Digital Marketing and Web Security. This diploma has the following set of online courses are available support learners’ development:

  • Essay Writing
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Note-taking and Note-making
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Writing Standard English

The Access to HE diploma is a well established and widely accepted by universities, qualifying for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels. 

  • 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 the medical profession.

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Digital Technologies and Business Management. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:

  • Business Management and Digital Technology
  • Business Management
  • Digital Business
  • Digital and Technology Solutions
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Technology and a wide range of combined and related degrees. 

OCN London works with local universities to develop progression and partnership agreements that benefit all its providers and learners. The following agreements are in place:

This Diploma is new for September 2021. Centres approved to deliver the qualification will be added shortly.

You can also study for an Access to HE Diploma in Business Studies,  Digital Marketing and Social MediaDigital Technologies and Computer ScienceBusiness and Law and Business and Finance.      

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.


Information for centres

How can you 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.

Information for learners

How will I pay for this course?

If you are aged 19-23 and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification your Access course will be fully funded. Otherwise, if you are aged 19 and over you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your Access to HE Diploma course. The loan will be paid directly to your college (or whoever is running the course) on your behalf.

When you complete a higher education course you will not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access to HE Diploma course. This doesn’t have to be a full bachelor’s degree; it could be a foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) studied at a university or at a local college that offers HE courses.

The Access to HE Diploma is the only qualification that offers this loan waiver.

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