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Business Studies Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3) at Bedford College

Course description

This Access to Business Studies Diploma is a one year Level 3 intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. This pathway enables you to develop your knowledge of a range of business related subjects for progression to higher education degree-level courses.

Course content

On this course you will study a variety of units including:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Environment
  • People in Organisations
  • Introduction to Psychology.


You will develop self confidence in your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills to prepare you for university.

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Business Environment
  • People in Organisations
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Study Skills
  • Maths
  • Critical Thinking


NB units are subject to change.

During the course you will meet a range of guest speakers from a variety of related organisations. You will also be invited to progression events to higher education at college and at local universities. To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to use IT to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data. You may also be able to study towards a GCSE in either Maths or English.

Entry requirements

This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.  


Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations.

Financial information

If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs between £3,022 and £3,384. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. 

Future opportunities

On completion of this course you can progress to study our Business BTEC HNC or Travel & Tourism BTEC HNC, or to university degree courses in a wide range of subjects.

Further information

You will need to study 13 hours per week Mon-Fri 9.15am-4.40pm. This will be discussed at interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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