Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business

If you would like to go to university or college to study a business related subject to degree level.

One year
Free for 19-23 year olds*

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

10.00am - 2.30pm

Churchgate Academy Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EU

Course Overview

What is an Access course?

Access courses offer flexible learning opportunities for people who wish to go to university and who have the ability to do so, but who left school with few, if any, of the usual qualifications for entry.

What will I achieve?

The course will improve your academic, vocational and personal skills; it will also improve your CV and boost your confidence. Successful candidates will be awarded a nationally recognised Access to HE Diploma awarded by Ascentis. The Diploma is approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and is accepted for entry to a wide range of universities and higher education institutions

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but you must have a genuine interest in Business and be motivated and enthusiastic.

How is the course delivered?

Your timetable for this course will be:

  • Mondays 10.00am - 2.30pm
  • Tuesdays 10.00 - 2.30pm
  • Wednesdays 10.00am - 1.00pm 


If  you are aged 19 – 23  without a full Level 3 qualification you will be eligible for full funding through the Skills Funding Agency.

If you are aged 19-23 and already have A Levels, or other Level 3 qualifications, or if you  are 24 or over,  you can
apply for course fees to be paid through Student Finance
England (SFE). SFE will write off the outstanding balance for your Access to HE Diploma loan once you complete your degree. 

Click here to find details about Advanced Learning Loans.

Access to Business Case Studies

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This course covers:

  • Study skills
  • Study techniques
  • Business studies
  • Business strategy
  • Management and HR
  • Workforce planning
  • Economics
  • Research projects in: Business Studies, Management and Economics