About the Course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.


Many students who study an Access to Higher Diploma use the government's Advanced Learner Loan initiative to fund it. This means there are no up-front fees or credit checks. Visit the government's useful pages here to find out more.

Your Course

What modules are covered?

Business Studies

This course aims to provide you with a broad base of business. You will identify key terms, concepts and features of the business sector; you will examine in depth the strategic and operational methods business employ to achieve their goals and the internal and external factors that can affect these. The final unit will look at business finance and the features which influence which source of finance is most appropriate to a company. This subject is studies alongside Economics.


To be studied alongside business studies, this course is designed to give you a wide overview of terms and conditions used in business economics. You will also study the UK economy in detail looking at the issues the country faces. Other units will look at macroeconomics and how economic policies can be used to influence them and in the final unit you will study globalisation and the impact this has on the UK economy.

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The subject aims to provide knowledge and understanding of key concepts in mathematics needed for the study of business and economics. The course covers an introduction to mathematics, algebra, geometry and statistics. You will also have the opportunity to complete a research project in mathematics.


Studying law will you gain a deep understanding of the principles and values that underpin English society, you’ll gain a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, attention to detail, analysis, research and problem-solving.

Units covered include: aspects of the English Legal System looking at the structure of the courts, the differences between civil and criminal law, the role of solicitors, barristers, judges, magistrates and jurors; Criminal Justice System and Police Powers including company Law.

Study Skills
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking.

You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.

What training will be provided?

Within this course you will cover a range of disciplines such as:

Business Organisations and Structure, The Human Resource Function, Business Communication, Management & Leadership, Business Studies - External Influences, Economic Systems and Competitive Markets, Marketing, Planning Market Research, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Mix, Market Analysis and Marketing Principles for Business.


Your Future

What Next?

After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college. 

This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • Business Advisor 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Business development manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply chain manager

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. 

It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs. 

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We focus on giving you the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career, which is why many of our courses are more hands-on than you might expect.
Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
Our small campus is full of plants, natural light, and new facilities that will help you feel good while studying. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to University Centre study spaces in the College.
Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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University of Surrey
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