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Access to Higher Education in Business

Course information

Course Summary

A course for people aged 19+ looking to progress to degree-level study in Business or a closely related area.

The Access to HE Business course at NESCOT will give adult learners a range of skills that are necessary to pursue a career in business, self-employment and providing a solid platform for further study in the subject area at Higher Education.

In addition, the set of key skills developed are valued by employers; the course includes the key business areas of marketing, human resource management, and finance, as well as the operational and planning abilities associated with business decision making. Within this context, students develop their skills as business practitioners through a range of work-related learning and assessment opportunities.

Course Code:N3802
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Access to Higher Education Diploma
Course Length

This is a one year course where you will study for 2 days a week, 9.30am to 4.30 PM

Start Date: September 2021

Course Detail

The Access to HE Business course at NESCOT has been developed to focus on:

  • Providing education and training for a range of careers in business.
  • Providing opportunities for adult learners to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in business, start-up their own enterprise or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as a degree in business or a related area.
  • Developing knowledge, understanding and skills of learners in the multi layered field of business.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher-level skills in an enterprise and entrepreneurial context.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

The program of study will cover relevant, current and appropriate topics for the current climate of business, enterprise and Entrepreneurship. These modules have a combination of introductory topics, specialist topics which will develop industry desired skills and key skills you will need if you are to develop your own business.

You will take units on study skills and preparing for higher education as well as subject specific units designed to give you and introduction to the core business disciplines. These will include:

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Principles of Social Media Advertising and Promotion
  • Human Resources
  • Interpreting Accounts
  • Management and Leadership
  • Effects of Technology in the Workplace
  • The Business External Environment

Classroom activities will involve group work, peer assessment, discussion, written work and assignment work. Lectures, Demonstrations, Self-directed study, Practical work, Presentations, Tutorials and Online Reading.

You will be assessed in various ways including Observations, Group work, written assessment, Tests and Exams, Oral presentations, Project and time constrained assessments.

Course Fees


*Exam fee included

Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES

Please note: Fees are for 2021/22 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

Learners will need to have four GCSEs grades C/4 or above (including Maths and English) or a Level 2 qualification equivalent or higher. Learners will also be subject to an assessment interview with the course leader.

Your Next Steps

The course will prepare the student for employment as

  • Business Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Advisor
  • Office Manager
  • Departmental Manager
  • Self-employment through owning or managing own business
  • Continuing existing employment

You will also be able to progress to University to study business or a closely related degree/HND. If you have a particular course and/or institution in mind for degree-level study, please check with them that this entry qualification is suitable.

Other Information

NESCOT’s Business faculty have access to truly world class reading materials both offline in the form of our learning resource centre, and online via platforms like Athens. Our faculty have one of the best value-added percentages borough-wide, where students attain grades higher than their entry point. Our staff are highly qualified and have had many years of industry experience as well as experience operating their own business start-ups, we have also established links to internationally renowned external businesses and entrepreneurs.