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Course Overview

Access to Business and Finance

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students, without traditional Level 3 qualifications, to apply for degree courses and enter university.

Our Access to Business and Finance course is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course in higher education. These courses enable adults who do not have the necessary level 3 qualifications (such as A Levels) required to enter higher education to acquire the Access to HE Diploma, which is equivalent in standard to these qualifications.

This is a qualification designed for:
o adults with a current or previous role or interest in business or Finance
o adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a business and/or Finance related profession.

Access to Business and Finance is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain 100% attendance throughout the course.

Good English and Maths skills are essential for success in your academic studies and for future employment prospects therefore, Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you’ll receive help and advice with your university application throughout the UCAS process.


Course Highlights

The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Business and Finance. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:

• Accountancy
• Accounting and Finance
• Banking and Finance
• Business Studies
• Business Management
• Business Management and Finance
• Finance
• International Finance


On this course you will develop your knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of Finance and business-related units.

Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: portfolio, presentations and controlled assessments.

The Access to Business and Finance course is delivered over two days.

Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics paper-based assessment, regardless of previous qualifications.

Candidates are required to have:
• GCSE English Language grade C/4
• GCSE maths at a minimum grade C/4
• Functional Skills English at Level 2 and Maths at Level 2
• Equivalent overseas academic qualifications that have been NARIC checked.
• A satisfactory reference must be received.

Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills (Level 2) as part of their entry criteria please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience.

Financial eligibility
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria.

o Check if you’re eligible (link here to before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
o Apply for the Advanced Learner Loan (Click here to go to
o Contact Student Finance – Click here link (

Repaying your loan
Access to Higher Education (HE) course: 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.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.