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About the course

This exciting opportunity provides full-time learners with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and the range of skills which are essential for a successful transition to Higher Education. The structure of the programme provides learners with all of the tools required to undertake an Honours Degree in Business and Management once completed.


In addition, there are three units that introduce and equip learners with the necessary skills required in order to study at the higher levels required at university. Throughout the course, learners will develop personal and professional skills, in readiness for the next step in order to allow them to feel at home in an HE environment.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older as at the start of the course. Entry is by interview and successful completion of a task within a given timeframe. Applicants will need to be motivated and be able to manage their own time. Learners will need to have a mature and responsible outlook, as they will be required to work with a high degree of independence throughout much of the course.


This is a unique opportunity to achieve a qualification that gives entry to Higher Education. The qualification is the CAVA Access to Higher Education Programme at Level 3 that can be completed from Pass grade to Distinction level.



What you'll learn (core modules)

Learners will be timetabled for two full days per week with independent study days which will support research and investigation. The course covers core areas such as Human Resource Management, Business Awareness, Business Ethics, Accounting, and Business Information Technology Skills.

These units are delivered by professionals with a wealth of experience in both industry and academia in their specialist subject areas. In addition to range of business related units, there are a number of HE study skills units that will equip the learner with the tools required to study at the higher levels that a degree programme demands.

Ungraded units
Business Information Technology Skills (Level 3, 6 credits)
HE Study Skills (Level 3, 6 credits)
Business Maths (Level 2, 3 credits)

Graded units
All level 3 and concerned with academic subject content:

Marketing an Organisation (Level 3, 6 credits)
Accounting Principles (Level 3, 6 credits)
Business Environment (Level 3, 6 credits)
Financial Awareness (Level 3, 6 credits)
Employment Law (Level 3, 6 credits)
Managing People (Level 3, 6 credits)
Research Project (Level 3, 9 credits

How will I be assessed?

Through a combination of methods such as reports/essay, presentations and time constrained tests.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The course is delivered at:

University Studies Campus
73 Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 3TB

Where will this course take me?

Progression routes following this course enable the learner to advance to a full three year Honours programme in any Business related Degree at University. This may include the following examples of Degree Programmes, all of which are delivered at University of Suffolk Bury St Edmunds. If the learner successfully completes a three year degree programme such as those listed above, the initial funding for the access course does not need to be repaid.


- Business Management

- Business and Law

- Business and Marketing

How much will it cost?

£3022.00 with funding available via Student Finance England.

The course fees are waived if the student is under 24 years of age and has not studied a full Level 3 qualification.

Students over 24 years can finance their course through an Adult Learning Loan.

For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan please contact the Student Loans coordinator on 01284 338 714.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please apply online, or email us to find out more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Days & times

Starting 12/09/2022
Tuesday 09:15 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:15 - 15:00

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