1 year (2 days per week)



Business School

24,000 Access to HE students are accepted at over 140 universities every year*


90% of graduates with Diploma were employed or in further study six months after graduating (2017/18)

Looking to break into the world of business? Are you keen to embark on a degree in this area but don’t currently meet the entry requirements for higher education? Our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business will give you a grounding in this subject along with a widely recognised qualification (equivalent to A-Levels) that will enable you to advance to the next level of study.

Licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), this is a Level 3 qualification designed for adult learners who are either returning to education or who left school without the necessary qualifications for undergraduate study. The Diploma in Business is designed to build both your academic skills and knowledge specific to the business arena. Alongside learning how to write essays or reports and prepare for exams, you will also study a wide range of business topics including marketing, finance, management and business strategy, as well as completing research projects.

Throughout the course, you will receive superb support from our dedicated team of expert tutors and support staff to aid your development. By completing this business diploma, you will gain a recognised Level 3 qualification that will help you progress to undergraduate study and future careers in a wide variety of areas, from marketing and retail or finance and accounting to law, human resources and management.

Why choose this college course?

  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – This Access to Higher Education Diploma will give you a nationally-recognised qualification to help meet the entry requirements for university
  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Gain the necessary study skills and key knowledge for your chosen subject or career, as well as the independent learning skills needed for university study
  • GREAT LEARNING SUPPORT – Enjoy a positive and supportive learning experience that will develop your skills and confidence to progress onto higher education
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Continue your learning journey to the next level at University College Birmingham, such as on our business or finance and accounting degrees.
Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course, once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. (The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.)

Our facilities

Students on our business courses at University College Birmingham enjoy a wealth of practical learning opportunities in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite on campus.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study

  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • Business and Organisation Structures
  • Principles of Business Strategy
  • Business Studies Research Project
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Principles of Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Research Project
  • Business Finance
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Investigating Management
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

Entry requirements

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma course has been designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education. 

Academic requirements

  • GCSE English (Language or Literature) and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent
  • If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919 or email

Supporting documents required

Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role. Please where possible submit this with your application by emailing your reference to

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including coursework assignments, examinations and projects.

Each unit can be assessed by one or more assignments. If you have achieved all of the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria then you will pass the unit. It can then be graded, which allows for each unit to be achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Access to HE Diplomas are made up of 60 credits. 45 of these are at Level 3 and graded. The remaining 15 credits are not graded and may be at Level 2 or Level 3. You must successfully achieve 60 credits to be awarded a Diploma.

Please note: This course requires attendance of two days per week.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


The fee for this course is £3,022. Please click here for more information.

Please note: Student Finance England will 'write off' any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. (The higher education course must be eligible for Student Finance).

The Access to HE Diploma in Business is a fantastic opportunity to help you achieve the career you’ve always dreamed of. You will learn all about the world of business, including topics such as marketing, finance and management, as well as conducting research projects to apply your knowledge. This is a hugely rewarding course which will change your life as you gain the skills you need for your future.

Edward Bird Deputy Dean (Strategy, Recruitment and Innovation)

Career opportunities

This course is designed to enable your progression onto higher education. Depending on entry requirements, you could continue onto a degree at University College Birmingham, such as Business Enterprise, Finance and Accounting, Digital Marketing or Marketing Management.

With further study, possible future career options open to you include:

Business analyst

Average Salary: £35,714


Average Salary: £40,000

Marketing executive (graduate)

Average Salary: £37,500


Average Salary: £20,198

Project manager (graduate)

Average Salary: £39,197

HR adviser

Average Salary: £27,299

Note: The example roles and salaries are intended as a guide only.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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Sam’s Story

Keen to start his own business in Birmingham, Sam saw University College Birmingham's Access to Higher Education Diploma as the ideal stepping stone towards his future.

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