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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

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Modern-day society has seen the influx and rise of millions of innovative businesses and services. Whether you’re in the supermarket buying supplies for the week or treating yourself to a new item of clothing, your purchase impacts a host of businesses. That’s why having high-level knowledge and understanding of business can enable you to start a prosperous career within this dynamic field. 

An Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is an efficient way to gain the highly targeted knowledge you need to hit the ground running in a related degree. Enabling you to study business or management at university and gain the qualifications that set you apart from other aspiring business professionals. 

This Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) is studied online, so you can enrol and get started at any point in the year. You will receive an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can also be completed over two years, though most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

As part of your learning programme, you will also receive support and guidance from our team of qualified and experienced tutors.


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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

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24/7 access to online learning

100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today from
only £9.99/mo

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

You will learn everything you need to prepare for the world of business, from delegation techniques to the structure and operations of the national economy. You will study business organisations, market structures, marketing, consumer legislation, macro-economics and the business environment. As well as many other important topics that will help you operate lawfully, effectively and efficiently in the world of business. 

Alongside the intricacies of business operations, your online study materials will also prepare you to study a distance learning course by helping you organise and plan your time. You will also learn about academic writing skills and how to write an academic assignment. 


Unit 1: Preparing to Study

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand how study is organised and planned

Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning

Understand a range of constraints upon study

Understand the importance of assessment feedback.


Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit you will:

Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.

Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task.

Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.


Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand how to use key information sources.

Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced.

Understand a range of reading strategies.

Understand note-making methods.

Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment.


Unit 4: Business Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the concept of a mixed economy.

Understand the legal and financial structure of organisations found in the public sector.

Understand the methods of growth available to business organisations.

Understand the nature and purpose of public sector organisations.

Understand the impact of change on the public sector.


Unit 5: Management 

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand different levels of management within a business.

Understand different styles of management.

Understand the management of change.

Understand the importance of information in decision making.


Unit 6: Market Structures

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand characteristics which affect the nature of market competition and pricing.

Understand Porter’s ‘five forces’ model of market structure.

Understand the measurement of competition by the use of concentration ratios.

Understand the use of non-price competition by organisations.


Unit 7: Marketing 

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand marketing.

Understand product development and the role of market research.

Understand the role of the marketing mix.

Understand marketing strategies.


Unit 8: Macro-Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand macro-economic analysis.

Understand the main objectives of Government economic policies.

Understand the main tools used by the Government to manage the economy.

Understand the productivity of the UK economy.


Unit 9: Consumer Legislation

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the legislation which regulates contracts for the supply of goods and services.

Understand the legislation which protects the consumer in civil law.

Understand the legislation which protects the consumer in criminal law.

Understand the liability imposed on manufacturers by consumer legislation.


Unit 10: Team Work and Motivation in Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the theories of motivation.

Understand the importance of team work in a business context.

Understand delegation techniques in a business context.

Understand the role of training within business organisations.


Unit 11: Research Topic

On completion of this unit you will:

Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your Diploma title.

Be able to plan and write a research topic report.

Understand, develop and apply basic research skills.


Unit 12: Quality Management

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the importance of quality to a business.

Understand quality systems.

Understand quality auditing.

Understand how to respond to quality issues.


Unit 13: Business & the Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the structure and operations of the national economy.

Understand the competitive environment in which businesses operate and how businesses respond.

Understand different types of business organisations.

Understand the different types of business objectives.

Understand key concepts in business strategy formulation.


Unit 14: Business and Employment Law

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the different types of business organisations and the process of information.

Understand the legal relationships arising from business operations and activities.


Unit 15: Resource Allocation

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the central economic problem of scarcity arising from infinite wants and finite resources.

Understand how demand is influenced by not only price but also changes in taste and fashion.

Understand the meaning and nature of market failure.

Understand the concepts of externalities, public goods, merit and demerit goods.


Unit 16: Operations Management

On completion of this unit you will:

Be able to assess efficiency in a given business.

Understand what is meant by lean production.


Unit 17: Business Planning

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the need for risk management.

Be able to carry out risk analysis.

Be able to create financial projections.

Be able to create and review a business plan.


If you decide to continue your education through an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you will need a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) and have the desire to study a related degree at university.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil the entry requirements for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. Overall, Access to HE Diplomas are renowned for helping learners get into the university and onto the degree of their choice. Though you must bear in mind that each university has its own entry criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying entry criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.

2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.

3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.

4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.

5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).


You must undertake your own research to ensure your Access to HE Diploma is properly specified and gives you the best possible chance of gaining entry to your university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma students fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution.


This qualification is made up of a number of units, with the need to complete an assignment at the end of each one. After each assignment, you will submit your work to your course tutor for marking. They will return this to you with tailored feedback to help you improve. To achieve this Access to HE Diploma (Land Based Science) you must acquire 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 credits will be taken from graded units that focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 will be taken from ungraded units that have been included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your study programme, you will also receive help and guidance on your university application. As well as the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.


On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref 40010363).

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is a huge range of benefits to studying via distance education:


We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you.

Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. What’s more, with learndirect, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits and complete your course at your own pace.


We don’t have the same level of high overhead costs (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as traditional schools, colleges or universities, so we’re able to pass on these savings to you by reducing our course fees.


We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.


You have access to a dedicated tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is on hand to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

All of your course material is available 24/7, 365 days per year through our world-class learning platform you choose when and where you study!

Yes, all of our courses will come with a certificate once you have completed your training. This certificate will have your name on it, and the title of the training you have completed.

Each course is different, and each has its own time frame, but all of our courses are flexible so you can study in a way the fits you. All of our courses come with an Individual Learner Plan, this will help guide you and keep you on track for success.

Yes, built into your account is a messaging service, where you can send messages between you and your tutor, you can ask questions or talk about your work. You can also message other helpful contacts, like our Student Support Team.

All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.

We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.

We have several options including 0% payment options, and options with very small deposits. Each course has different options, if you would like to discuss these options or a quote for a course, you can reach a member of the team by calling 01202 006 464.

If you make a mistake or get something wrong, there is no need to worry. Many of our courses allow you to retake units that may not have gone to plan. You will receive full support and guidance from your tutor before reworking a unit and submitting again, and you can do this without any additional cost.

As soon as you submit a piece of work your tutor is notified. This allows us to identify that you have work which requires their attention. While your tutor is marking your work you can move on to the next unit or section of your course so there are never any delays in your learning. Typically, with most of our courses, marking work takes less than 5 days depending on the size of the submitted item.

No, the price agreed when you start your course is all you pay. We ensure there are no hidden or additional unnecessary fees for your education.

Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

We encourage and welcome international students to join our learning community.

All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via distance education and home study, so you can complete your course from anywhere in the world. Some courses relate specifically to UK practice and legislation and in these cases all work must be presented accordingly. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or campus, unless your course has a 'practical' element to it.

Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

You can enrol easily and quickly by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s page on our website. Simply complete the secure online registration form and we will do the rest. If you’d prefer to call us to enrol, please call 01202 006 464.

Our world-class learning platform is easy to use and presented in a simple to understand format. Once you’ve logged on you’ll be able to see your course, your content and how to complete your assignments. Everything you need is available through your personal learner portal.