Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

Overview

Why choose Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)?

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is aimed to provide an alternative route into a career in business and management. If you didn’t take A-levels, didn’t get the grades you needed, or if you previously followed a different path, this course opens up the chance for you to gain the qualifications you need to study a business management degree in your particular field of interest.

You can choose the modules that will be most useful to you for your planned career, and with a thorough understanding of the theories and practices of modern business management, you will be well placed to study business, management, or project management at university, applicable to any business or industry that interests you.

Most universities in the UK will accept Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) as an entry requirement, though you should check this with individual establishments you would like to attend.

Unlike other courses, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) study programme has a rolling enrolment, so you don’t have to wait till September to start your studies, but can choose the most convenient time for you.

In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management), most colleges and universities will require  a minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths, or an accepted equivalent. For this reason, you will need this minimum requirement to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management).

How will I study my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)?

When you begin your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management), we will supply you with course materials that are comprehensive and easy to follow. We also ensure we support your learning with a broad range of relevant and useful information.

You stay in touch regularly with your personal tutor via our platform, using phone, email, or Skype, and because this is distance learning, you can set your own study schedule to fit with your life, rather than fitting your life around your course. The benefit of this is that you can study at the pace most comfortable for you and your responsibilities, using your own study style.

This flexibility allows you to continue your usual day-to-day responsibilities, but it does mean you will be expected to develop the discipline you need to study independently. For example, you will learn to allocate a realistic amount of time to achieve the requirements of the course and ensure you make that time available.

One feature that can be very helpful if you have a very busy life with many responsibilities is that you can choose how much time you would like to take to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management). The minimum period of time we expect learners to complete the course is 9 months, and the maximum time is as much as 2 years. However, the intensity and format of the course means you will quickly gain valuable skills and knowledge, no matter how relaxed your learning schedule.

 

Modules for this course

Module 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this module 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.

Module 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Module 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this module 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.

Module 4: Independent Research 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 5: Management

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand management at different levels of a business.
  • Understand different styles of management.
  • Understand the management of change.
  • Understand the importance of information in decision making.

Module 6: The Individual in Organisations

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the theories of motivation. 
  • Understand the importance of team working. 
  • Understand what delegation involves. 
  • Understand the role of training within organisations.

Module 7: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 8: Market Structures

On completion of this module you will:

  • Give a simple explanation of the market structure the firm fits into and why
  • List the firms main competitors
  • List types of non price competition used by the firm

Module 9: Business & the Environment 

On completion of this module 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 range of different objectives a business may develop.
  • Understand key concepts in business strategy formulation.

Module 10: Human Resource Management

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand workforce planning.
  • Understand theories of motivation and their practical application.
  • Understand management structure and organisation.
  • Understand the nature of industrial relations in modern Britain.

Module 11: Business and Employment law 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of business organisations and the process of information.
  • Show an understanding of the legal relationships arising from business operations and activities.

Module 12: Operations Management

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand what is meant by efficiency.
  • Understand what is meant by lean production.

Module 13: Business Organisations

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a mixed economy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and financial structure of the organisations found in the public sector.
  • Show an appreciation of the methods of growth used by and available to business organisations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and purpose of public sector organisations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of change on the public sector.

Module 14: Quality Management

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the importance of quality to a work team.
  • Know how to measure an aspect of quality relating to meeting customer needs.
  • Understand how to carry out a quality audit in line with an organisation’s quality system.
  • Be able to respond to quality issues as a team leader.

Module 15: Consumer Legislation

On completion of this module 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

Module 16: Resource allocation

On completion of this module you will:

  • Use cost / benefits analysis in order to make a valued judgment on an Investment proposal
  • Understand what the term ‘Market Failure’ means
  • Understand why and for what purpose Governments intervene in the market
  • To define the concepts of externalities, public goods, merit and demerit goods

Module 17: Marketing

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand marketing
  • Understand product development and the role of market research
  • Understand the role of the marketing mix
  • Know how to manage marketing strategies

Module 18: Macro Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this module you will:

  • List the main categories of unemployment
  • State briefly the causes of each type of unemployment
  • Describe the main policies used by the Governments to decrease unemployment
  • Use recent figures in order to compare unemployment within the UK with another European country.

Module 19: Business Planning

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the need for risk management.
  • Understand the importance of forward financial planning.
  • Understand the need to monitor and review progress against a business plan.

Module 20: Business Skills

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand methods of collecting information for business purposes.
  • Know how to interpret and draw conclusions from business data and information.
  • Know how to create business reports.
  • Understand the use of oral presentations in business.
  • Know how to interpret and use business terminology.

Requirements

Learners wishing to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma need to have a GCSE in Maths and English or an appropriate equivalent qualification at level 2 or above and have the ultimate goal of studying a related degree at university.

For a wide range of universities Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil part of their entry criteria on many of their courses. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are eligible to be used within the standard UCAS application process. Access to Higher Education Diplomas have historically been an effective way to help learners get places at their university and degree of choice. It is important potential learners should understand that each University will have their own set of admission criteria and that they only have a set number of places on each course. These admission criteria can change at any time at the university’s discretion and include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Achievement of a set amount of credits at Merit or Distinction level.

2. Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at the University.

3. Fulfilling a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy standards and potentially passing an in-house assessment.

4. Completion of a mandatory prescribed work placements, work experience and potentially a sandwich year of paid work experience.

5. It is recommended that learners starting their Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full level 2 qualification in a related subject. These conditions form part of some universities entrance criteria.

All learners studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma must perform their own research to ensure their diploma is correctly specified. It is the learners responsibility to ensure that the Diploma they are studying gives them the best possible chance of being accepted for a place on a course at their university of choice. This research must be undertaken independently as soon as possible once the learner has started their course, it can even begin beforehand. West London and Ealing College will not be able to  accept responsibility or any liability with respect to any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to gain an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

Every Access to Higher Education Diploma is composed of graded and ungraded units. After each unit there will be an assignment that will need to be completed and each one must be submitted online. These assignments will contain different types of task and can include any of the following: a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report, a presentation and a case study review. Within your course materials you will find comprehensive multimedia content designed to help you complete each assignment. Once you have submitted your assignment your assessor will mark your work and respond with feedback as well as ideas on how you can improve future assignments.

Learners work their way through each ungraded and graded unit in sequence. On the graded units learners should attempt to get as many ‘Distinction’ credits as possible. The graded units are very important. Some university offers maybe conditional on achievement of a certain number of ‘Distinctions’ and/or ‘Merits’. The sequence of our diploma is designed so that you work through the ungraded study skills units first. These units give you a chance to practice the skills required that will help you get the highest possible grades on the graded units.

Working through each unit in sequence ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress, provide you with feedback and assistance throughout the duration of the course. The approximate time required to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma is 360 hrs.

In order to gain your diploma you need to successfully pass all units within the course.

Important notice: Online access is required in order to access your course content and submit your assignments.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)
Following successful completion of this diploma you will be awarded a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref:40005173). This diploma has been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands is a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

We have designed our innovative learning platform specifically for Access to Higher Education Diploma delivery. Our industry leading platform gives you the best possible chance of succeeding and gaining a place at your university of choice and unlocking your dream career. All course materials are available online 24/7 ensuring you can study wherever and whenever you want.

During your journey to gain your Access to Higher Education Diploma with us we will work with you on your university application. It is likely that during your course you will start to receive University offers. Employers view Higher Education degrees as a signal of a learners ability to work independently and succeed. These are desirable features and so the power of a degree qualification is not to be underestimated. We will work with you to help you succeed and stand out from the crowd!

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Further Information

Course ref: 40005173

Course starts: Anytime

Guided Learning Hours: 360

Modules: 20

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