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About the course

This study programme is designed for our aged 19+ adult learners.

Please visit our 16-18 section for alternative courses.

Business is a dynamic subject. You will learn about the diverse nature of business enterprise and the interdependence of the various parts of the
business world. You will explore business success and business failure. Furthermore, you will learn how to understand how businesses need to adapt and respond strategically to the changing environment in which they operate to survive and grow.


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 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.


Subject to numbers, the course is available either as a day course running for two full days per week

Entry requirements

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older on 31st August prior to the course beginning. 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.

Applicants would benefit from having both English and Maths at GCSE grade C/4 or above. If you have not achieved either of these qualifications, we highly recommend that should be working towards this, as it would most likely be an entry requirement for a university after the course has completed. We can give you further details at interview if you require either of these qualifications.

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 of wide-ranging disciplines that will benefit you either as you progress to higher levels of study or in the workplace. These units are delivered by professionals with a wealth of experience in both industry and academia in their specialist subject areas. In addition to a 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.


You will learn about how businesses work. You will be introduced to the marketing and people functions. Furthermore, you will also explore how business finance and operations work, and understand the impact of external influences. Through studying business, you will develop transferable skills that will prepare you for studying at university or moving into the world of work. You will become skilled in making decisions, solving problems, applying numerical skills (including understanding finance and working with data) and understanding the business environment. You will also develop commercial awareness.


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 business management, accountancy and finance, marketing, tourism management and international business. Business students can also progress to a wide range of careers, such as banking, sales, product management and general management, to working in public sector organisations or charities.


In addition to a university degree, employment sectors that can be progressed to include:


Business Management

A career in Business Management involves responsibility for managing a department within a business or the organisation as a whole, including areas such as Finance, Communications, Markets, IT and Operations. There are many Business Management degrees at undergraduate level, each with slightly different modules, so you are advised to research what module may be of interest to you.

Career Paths - Retail Management, Business Analyst, Project Management, Estate Agency.



A career in Marketing covers many different jobs, and is concerned with communicating, advertising and promotion of a product or service. There are a wide variety of Marketing-related degrees, and it's advisable to start researching the various courses to find out what area of Marketing you're most interested in.

Career Paths - Market Researcher, Brand Manager, Public Relations, Product Developer, Digital Marketing, Social Media Analyst.


Human Resources

A career in Human Resources is concerned with people. They are involved in the recruiting,

interviewing, training and payroll of employees. You will normally study for an undergraduate

degree and, once in a job, continue further professional studies to become CIPD qualified.

Career Paths - Recruitment Consultant, HR Officer, Training and Development Officer.


Events Management

A growing industry is the Events Management industry. This could be organising and setting up events from corporate conferences to wedding and parties; the list is endless. There are many undergraduate degrees in Events Management, so you are advised to research the specific courses in relation to this career.

Career Paths - Program Manager, Events Manager, Sponsorship Coordinator, Exhibition Coordinator, Funeral Director.

How much will it cost?

Funding is available via Student Finance England in addition to other funding methods.

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

Students over 24 years can finance their course through an Advanced Learner Loan.

If you need help with funding

For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please head to our information page: Advanced Learner Loan

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 18/09/2023

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