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Access to Higher Education: Business Management

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Norfolk House, Exchange Street

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business, as validated by CAVA, is a qualification which prepares students aged 19 years and over, without relevant qualifications, for study at degree level. Students are required to participate in an intensive period of study which will cover 9 units over a period of time, 2.5 days a week.

Financial Awareness (for individuals and business) Critical Thinking & Business Presentation Skills, Managing People, Business Information Technology Skills, , Accounts, Ethics in Business, Management and Leadership.
Entrepreneurial Marketing

Skills will be developed in: Written and Spoken English, Presentation skills, Information Technology, Maths, Leadership, Job and university applications.

The Access course is widely recognised by UK universities and colleges including City College Norwich. However, we advise that if you are hoping to go on to do a degree course at a specific university, it would be useful to contact them to check that the Diploma you have chosen is in an appropriate subject area and is recognised by the university or college. International students whose qualification are not recognised by UK universities or colleges, and who are 19 and over, may also wish to choose this pathway as a route to enter degree level study.

Why Our College?

Widely recognised by universities

Access to Higher Education courses are widely recognised by UK universities and colleges, 24,000 Access to HE students are accepted at over 140 universities every year.

Financial Support

City College Norwich offers flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost of fees

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan and bursaries are available to support childcare and travel costs

Developed with employers and progression in mind

All courses have been developed with employers and progression in mind, and many are part of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership's 10 priority sectors

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have evidence of achievement in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade A* - C or grade 4 and above.. If you are working towards GCSEs this year in readiness for September please let us know this when you apply. Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy, Key Skills or Functional Skills in lieu of GCSEs. Selection is by interview to discuss your suitability for the course and whether the course is right for you. As part of this process you may be required to complete online assessments and submit a short piece of writing to check you are at the right level to start the course. Advice can be given about alternative ways forward if necessary. Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) International Candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.


You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses. All students study a core of communications, research and study skills. You will be awarded credits on completion of each units with a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. All credits are awarded are awarded at level 3 which broadly equates to A-level study. Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on several set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and examinations.


Once you have successfully completed your Access course, you can progress onto a degree programme at City College Norwich such as Business Management BA (Hons) Business Management with third year specialisms in Accounting and Finance, Business Management or Human Resource Management You can also progress to a Higher Education courses at other universities. You must check requirements for specific degree courses as different institutions may have different entry requirements.


Please contact the Advice Shop for information on fees and financial support which may be available. We recommend you also check our Finance pages for further information including student travel offers.