Access to Higher Education Courses & QCF Vocational Courses

Access to Higher Education: Business Diploma + Level 2 in English & Maths

Duration

16 hours a week min (690 Hours overall)

Credit

60 + Maths & English

Course Code

40004193

Price

£3,022.00 £2,266.00

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This Business Diploma course is for people that have passion and a flair for business and would like to study on a Higher Education programme in Business Studies, Marketing, Accounting or Finance or to widen their understanding of business to gain a Diploma.

You will learn about your subjects in a variety of ways including group work, webinars, independent research, taking part in community discussions, self sourced visits to industry and live projects.

You will expand both your technical and creative skills through practical projects and you will also be encouraged to develop your study skills, including research, analysis and presentation of your creative thinking process. You will have access to practical workshops as well as webinars and classroom-based activities.

FREEThis course includes Functional Skills English & Maths Level 2 find out more.

Course Eligibility:

All applications are assessed on an individual basis. There is no requirement for prior qualifications however to access a University course many Universities may require you to have GCSE passes (Grade A-C) in English and Maths – in addition to passing a valid level 3 qualification such as the Access to Higher Education course. You must check in advance with your preferred University to see if they accept Level 2 Maths & English instead of GCSE’s

See Funding Eligibility criteria.

Description

Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business) accredited by Ascentis.

This Business Diploma course is for people that have passion and a flair for business and would like to go on to study on a Higher Education programme in, for example, Business Studies, Marketing, Economics, Accounting or Finance. The course provides the credits (entry qualifications) and skills to gain access to a university degree course.

Additional English and Maths modules are added for students to achieve at Level 2 if you don’t already have GCSE’s at grade C or above. (See Syllabus for Maths & English courses: Level 2 – click here)

You will study a range of units selected from the following subject areas: Business Finance, Economics, Marketing plus a range of Study Skills. Also, there will be an opportunity to develop your level 2 Maths and English skills, academic practice and relevant IT skills.

What will I learn ?

You will study a range of units selected from subject areas including business, economics, marketing and management.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Principles of Business Strategy
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Communications
  • Investigating Entrepreneurship: small businesses
  • Foundations in Performance Management
  • Business Finance
  • Planning a Research Project
  • A Marketing Research Project
  • Academic writing
  • Further Study Skills

You will also complete units of study covering Functional Skills – English and Maths at level 2

How will I learn?

Learning will be through Distance Learning. Your Business Diploma – Access to Higher to Education course will be delivered and assessed online using the latest Virtual Learning Environment technology, online one to one tutorials, group webinars and the opportunity to attend workshops scheduled throughout your course.(see STUDY STYLE)

Modules are a combination of 30 or 60 learning hours each. The Business Diploma Access to Higher Education course requires 600 hours of study time (plus a further 90 hours for Maths & English Level 2 Functional skills courses), so 690 hours overall. You will be expected to typically commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week independent study to suit your personal circumstances. This is the recommended guideline to support you to achieve.

Who is the Awarding Body?

QAA approved courses accredited by the Ascentis awarding body

ascentis

Maths & English Level 2 awarding body is Edexcel:

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Qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business)

Level 2 (Maths & English): Functional Skills (On successful completion of these courses you will receive a Level 2 Certificate for each of these: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Mathematics)

This Access to Higher Education Business Diploma course is for those wishing to progress to Higher Education in areas such as Business Studies, Finance, Economics, Marketing or Accounting.

The qualification is structured so that it meets the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (QAA) Access to HE specification requirements. All Access to HE Diplomas are made up of units of assessment that amount to 60 credits.

The qualification’s 60 credits include 45 graded credits at level 3 that must be achieved from units that have academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits will be from “study skills” and Introductory units that will both provide you with the skills to study the Business Studies Access course and prepare you for study at Higher Education level.

Credits:

  • 45 Credits at Level 3 from graded academic subject content
  • 15 Credits from ungraded units at levels 2 & 3

60 credits are required in total

How will my work be assessed?

There are a range of assessment techniques for the subjects covered which include assignments, portfolios, written reports, online group work activity, course related discussions with your tutor and research you have conducted and uploaded to the Virtual Learning Environment.

Face to face discussions (using e.g. Skype or similar video technology) about your submitted work must take place with your tutors to help you develop your subject understanding and share your learning journey, sources and experiences with your tutors.

What can I do after this?

With the appropriate grade at Level 3 you may be eligible to progress to a Higher Education programme within the Business, Accounting, Marketing or Finance sectors.

Going to University?

Use the UCAS website to search for University courses that might accept our Access to HE Courses and don’t forget if you go on to successfully complete your University course, your 24+ Student Learner Loan will be written off.

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Syllabus

A total of 60 Credits required comprising:

45 credits from Section A

and

15 credits from section B

A: Graded Units:

45 credits from Business, Economics, Marketing, Management and HR subject specific units:

Principles of Business Strategy (6 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant to the study of business strategy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different models that businesses can use to influence business strategy
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the issues businesses face when implementing strategic objectives

Principles of Macroeconomics (6 credits)

  • Identify and explain key terms and concepts relevant to the study of macroeconomics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different macroeconomic objectives and how economic policy can be used to influence them.

Principles of Marketing Strategy (6 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant to the study of marketing strategy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of niche and mass marketing strategies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of strategies for growing markets

Marketing Communication (6 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant to the study of marketing communications
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different methods of marketing communication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of internet marketing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors which influence a business’s communications mix

Investigating Entrepreneurship: small businesses (6 credits)

  • Identify and explain key terms and concepts relevant to the study of entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the small business sector in the UK
  • Describe the support given to new businesses by the government
  • Develop an understanding of entrepreneurship issues

Foundations in Performance Management (3 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant to the study of performance management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key features of a performance management system

Business Finance (3 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant tot the study of business finance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key features which influence the type of finance used by different organisations

Planning a Research Project (3 credits)

  • Negotiate an appropriate title and theme for an independent research project proposal involving relevant aspects of the subject area
  • To plan how to carry out a research project
  • Identify and select a range of appropriate sources from the subject area to be used in the research project

Carrying out a Marketing Research Project (6 credits)

  • Show understanding of the concepts of validity, reliability and ethical considerations
  • Collect and analyse data/information appropriate to the aims of the research
  • Produce an individual research project on a named topic involving relevant aspects of the subject area

B: Ungraded Units:

15 credits from:

Introduction to Business Studies (3 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant to the study of introductory business
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key features of the business sector of the UK economy

Introduction to Economics (3 credits)

  • Identify key terms and conditions relevant to the study of introductory economics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key features and issues facing the UK economy

Introduction to Marketing (3 credits)

  • Identify key terms and concepts relevant to the study of introductory marketing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key features of the Boston matrix and product life cycle
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the marketing mix

Academic writing (3 credits)

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to analyse a specific question in the context of a particular subject area
  • Show awareness of how to structure a written response
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to present a written response for a particular audience and purpose

Further Study Skills (3 credits)

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate a presentation
  • Understand the requirements needed to produce a detailed essay or assignment
  • Understand the Reflective process

C: Maths & English (Level 2 courses)

+ English and Maths at Level 2 courses

Materials

You will have access to a full range of rich blended learning content for all your course subjects, some of which will be interactive online materials and some more traditional word and slide show materials.

The interactive materials are an exciting way to learn and motivate you to help your understanding of the subjects and your motivation for learning.

What’s in it for Me?

Students are able to progress into Higher Education or enhance their career prospects. Students primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Business, Economics and Accounting. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Business Studies, Marketing, Economics, Accountancy, Business Management, Trading and Finance related degrees.

Typical jobs:

  • Marketing Administrator or Executive
  • Finance Administrator
  • Sales Executive
  • Business Administrator or assistant
  • Accounts Support / administrator

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