Access to Business

This Diploma is ideal if you want a career in business and need to gain the qualifications to get into university.

Course Information

  • Course Type Access
  • Subject Area Business
  • Qualification Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Digital and Data Centre, Hele Road site
  • Course Length 1 year
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • End Date July Yearly
  • Day 3 days per week - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Times 9.00am-4.30pm (Hours may vary)
  • Fee £3,022
  • Reduced Fee

    See below


This programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.

Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.

The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education.You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.

There is also:

  • A Learning Support team
  • Learning Centres
  • Wellbeing team(Counsellors)
  • A Learner Support Fund (apply through College)
  • designated study space specifically for our HE and Access to HE students

*2023-24 fees for Access to Higher Education courses are dependent on your age, circumstances and chosen course. Click here to view more information about fees.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, which may be written off if you continue your studies in to higher education at College or university. For more information click here.

You may be entitled to support towards the fee, please phone 01392 400170 or email for information.

For further detail please visit our Awarding Body website here.

Topics may include:

  • Business and the Economy
  • Business Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Innovation and Creativity in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Tools
  • Motivational Management and Leadership
  • Planning and Promoting an Event
  • Social Enterprise

All Access students will also be enrolled on a supplementary IT course, at no extra cost. This qualification has been designed to enhance and polish IT skills for use in the real world and is vital for university and future careers.

For the full credit breakdown for this course click here.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Grade C (or Grade 4) or above or IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no less than 6.5 in any other section for all International and non-speaking English students. The test should be no older than 2 years prior to the start of the programme. You can also access English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) or adult GCSE English courses at the College.

Some universities will also require you to have GCSE Maths grade C or grade 4 or above before applying; this will mean you will need to complete this before starting the Access Diploma. Please check this before applying to the Access diploma.

Level 2 equivalencies can be accepted in certain circumstances, please contact Adult Advice team on 01392 400170 to discuss further.


The course is delivered in the new Digital and Data Centre, located in the city centre. Complete with digital learning laboratories, state-of-the-art IT suites and interactive seminar spaces, learners have access to cutting edge equipment to help prepare them for their next steps. The Diploma thrives on the links and interaction with the local business community.

Additional Costs

As well as the course fees, applicants need to factor in food, travel, books, stationery and printing costs. Applications for our College Learner Support Fund or the Bursary Fund are advisable for applicants who know that they may struggle financially. There will also be UCAS fees when applying for university.

Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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