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About the course

This course will help you understand the business environment and the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for you to progress further in the business world. Whenever possible term dates are in line with those of the Essex schools. We understand that many of our students have family commitments.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, and an increasing number are entering higher education each year. Many are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they never thought possible.


1 year

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and/or Maths.

We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in marketing, accountancy, leadership and management, HR and business administration, or those who are thinking of starting their own business.

Please note: there is no upper age limit for this course. 

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

This business pathway provides a wide knowledge and understanding of the world of business.

It will prepare you for study on any business related university course or other professional business qualification.

The Access diploma will give you a solid grounding for when you commence your university degree, (BA, BSc), Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

Where will this course take me?

  • Study further Higher Education courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Start own business
  • Employment in accountancy, human resources, marketing, leadership and management

Ungraded Modules

HE Study Skills (Level 3, 9 credits)

Business & Marketing Research Techniques (Level 3, 6 credits)

Graded Modules

Research Project – Methodology (Level 3, 6 credits)

Finance and Accounts (Level 3, 6 credits)

Business Environment (Level 3, 3 credits)

Management and Leadership (Level 3, 6 credits)

Human Resource Management (Level 3, 6 credits)

Marketing (Level 3, 6 credits)

Business Plans - Start-up and Growth (Level 3, 6 credits)

Team Working (Level 3, 3 credits)

And a choice of 2 other optional modules in Personal Professional Development (Level 3, 3 credits) or

Organisational Structures

How will I be assessed?

Various, including:

  • Essay
  • Report
  • Presentations
  • Chart analysis
  • Use of software
  • Discussion

Will I have to provide anything?

You are welcome to bring your own device (tablet, laptop).

General stationery (lever arch folders, dividers etc).

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
Ask Us a question about this course

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.