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Access to HE Diploma (Business and Law) - Level 3


If you want to become a business leader, barrister, solicitor or criminologist, the Access to HE Business and Law pathway is your first step. This pathway fuses together two very closely related fields and has a broad range of progression routes. This course is specifically designed for adults (aged 19+) who have been out of education for some time and want to re-engage with education or make a career change. Whether you want to go on to university or simply learn something new, this is the course for you.

We assume no prior knowledge of law, business or academic skills; these are built upon over the course of the year’s study.

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to HE course.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade C (4 points) or above.
  • If an applicant does not meet the entry requirements they will be considered but will be subject to diagnostic assessments.

These entry requirements are subject to the programme being revalidated by CAVA and may change.

Don’t have the entry requirements for an Access to HE course? Why not consider the Pre-Access to HE course?

This course will provide you with the entry requirements to progress onto an Access to HE course of your choice. The Pre-Access course provides GCSE English and GCSE maths plus a wrap-around qualification featuring research skills, revision techniques, advice on applying to university and work experience. This course is ideal for those who are returning to education with the view to progress to university. 

The fee for the course is £480 however this is income assessed and subject to change.

If you are interested in the Pre-Access course, please email

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1055A1326FREE* to £3022.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to HE course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

Our Access to HE courses can be studied within one academic year – up to 450 hours of class time.


How will I be assessed?

A range of assessments are undertaken. Mostly these will be essays; but reports, presentations, exams and legal moots will also form part of the formal and informal assessment methods of the course. All assessment methods are designed with university studies in mind, ensuring our students are extremely well equipped for the next stage of their progression.

What does the course lead to?

Ultimately this course will lay the foundations of skills needed to work in legal practice or in a business orientated career. The opportunities for further study and future career can also lead to international employment. You could progress to a wide range of business-related courses at university-level. Examples of potential university courses include:

  • Business Administration BA (Hons)
  • LLB Law
  • LLB Law with Business
  • Politics and Law BA (Hons)
  • Economics
  • Accounting and finance
  • Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Criminology

What will I study?

You will study a range of mandatory and optional modules. These could include:

  • Study skills
  • English legal system
  • Leadership and management
  • Changes in the business environment
  • Criminal law
  • Employment law
  • Tort law
  • Individual research project in business or law

How do I apply?

Get in touch with the college by calling 0808 100 3626. We'll talk to you about your options and arrange for an interview and initial assessment.

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