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Business and Legal Professions Access to Higher Education Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business & Legal Professions) is excellent preparation for people who wish to study business or law-related courses at University level. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study but who wish to study at University level in the future.

Business activities go on in just about every employment sector you can think of. This includes, as you might expect, in financial services, manufacturing and retail, but also in areas you may not immediately think of, such as local and national government, water and energy suppliers, healthcare and charities. People with business skills and knowledge are needed to make sure organisations run smoothly, efficiently and, for private companies, profi tably. Good business skills can make the difference between success and failure.

Business Studies combines very well with the study of Law. This exciting programme allows you to study both of these subjects which can lead to a wide-range of degrees and career paths

Course content

You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three subjects at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our 'Study Skills' module. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. Some units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award. 

You will study the following subjects at Level 3:

  • Business Studies Level 3
  • Legal Studies Level 3
  • Economics Level 3

All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:

  • Study Skills Level 3
  • Academic Writing Skills Level 3

Entry requirements

As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above,
or equivalent qualifications, including English and Mathematics. You should also have evidence of recent study. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we will refer you to our Adult GCSE Programme.


You’ll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Our learners progress on to a wide range of business or law-related courses at a range of UK Universities.

Courses you can progress to at UCBC:

  • BA (Hons) Business Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management
  • FdA Accounting
  • FdA Business
  • FdA Financial Services
  • FdA Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • FdA Community Policing and Justice Management

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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