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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 20 units

Do you want to build a career in the business world, but don’t have the qualifications to get to university? The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) will give you the knowledge you need to study at degree-level. Working as a manager in a fast-paced business environment can be challenging. You must have the skills to motivate your team, while meeting your own targets.

This qualification takes an in-depth look at key elements of running a company, including common staff structures and different styles of management. Discover how business operates, and examine market structures, management and economics. The course provides the tools to understand management roles at every level. You’ll also explore topics including HR, marketing and business planning.

The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management), will prepare you to make a step up academically. Units on researching independently, following study schedules and writing essays will increase your confidence before you start your degree course.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

You’ll complete your Access to HE Diploma through distance learning, which means you can work on your assignments in your own time, from home. Benefit from a study package that includes interactive course materials and the dedicated support of our tutors. Get all the advice and encouragement you need via phone, email, or the PEARL messaging system. You can also connect with our student community online, or share your progress on our discussion forum.

How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) is assessed through assignments, which you’ll submit at the end of each unit. A tutor will mark your work and provide detailed feedback. The Access to HE Diploma is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). It is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. If you want to attain the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 will be from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The other 15 credits come from ungraded units. These units have been included to help you to develop your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

After finishing your Access to HE Diploma, you can go on to study a range of degree subjects. Options include everything from business law and economics, to international business or HR.

A business degree is ideal for anyone interested in a fast-paced or high-flying career. You’ll develop a variety of transferable skills that employers look for, including the ability to create detailed reports, think critically and communicate with colleagues. You could find success in the corporate world, marketing, finance, politics, or even the charity sector.

Leaders are needed in every industry, with management skills always in demand. You may choose to return to university to achieve a master’s degree, before specialising in one area of business.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (Learning aim reference = 40005173).

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study an Education related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English,Maths and/or Science – or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

Open College Network West Midlands are 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. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 4: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 5: Management

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 6: The Individual in Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 7: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 8: Market Structures

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 9: Business & the Environment 

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 10: Human Resource Management

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 11: Business and Employment law 

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 12: Operations Management

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 13: Business Organisations

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 14: Quality Management

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 15: Consumer Legislation

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 16: Resource allocation

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 17: Marketing

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 18: Macro Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 19: Business Planning

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 20: Business Skills

On completion of this unit 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.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).

 

Do you want to build a career in the business world, but don’t have the qualifications to get to university? The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) will give you the knowledge you need to study at degree-level. Working as a manager in a fast-paced business environment can be challenging. You must have the skills to motivate your team, while meeting your own targets.

This qualification takes an in-depth look at key elements of running a company, including common staff structures and different styles of management. Discover how business operates, and examine market structures, management and economics. The course provides the tools to understand management roles at every level. You’ll also explore topics including HR, marketing and business planning.

The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management), will prepare you to make a step up academically. Units on researching independently, following study schedules and writing essays will increase your confidence before you start your degree course.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

You’ll complete your Access to HE Diploma through distance learning, which means you can work on your assignments in your own time, from home. Benefit from a study package that includes interactive course materials and the dedicated support of our tutors. Get all the advice and encouragement you need via phone, email, or the PEARL messaging system. You can also connect with our student community online, or share your progress on our discussion forum.

How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Management) is assessed through assignments, which you’ll submit at the end of each unit. A tutor will mark your work and provide detailed feedback. The Access to HE Diploma is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). It is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. If you want to attain the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these, 45 will be from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The other 15 credits come from ungraded units. These units have been included to help you to develop your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

After finishing your Access to HE Diploma, you can go on to study a range of degree subjects. Options include everything from business law and economics, to international business or HR.

A business degree is ideal for anyone interested in a fast-paced or high-flying career. You’ll develop a variety of transferable skills that employers look for, including the ability to create detailed reports, think critically and communicate with colleagues. You could find success in the corporate world, marketing, finance, politics, or even the charity sector.

Leaders are needed in every industry, with management skills always in demand. You may choose to return to university to achieve a master’s degree, before specialising in one area of business.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (Learning aim reference = 40005173).

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study an Education related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English,Maths and/or Science – or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

Open College Network West Midlands are 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. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 4: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 5: Management

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 6: The Individual in Organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 7: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 8: Market Structures

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 9: Business & the Environment 

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 10: Human Resource Management

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 11: Business and Employment law 

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 12: Operations Management

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 13: Business Organisations

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 14: Quality Management

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 15: Consumer Legislation

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 16: Resource allocation

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 17: Marketing

On completion of this unit 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

Unit 18: Macro Economics and the Business Environment

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 19: Business Planning

On completion of this unit 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.

Unit 20: Business Skills

On completion of this unit 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.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).

 

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