Access to Business Studies
Full qualification title

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business)

No. of Credits
60 Credits at Level 3 (15 Ungraded & 45 Graded)
UCAS Tariff Points
Maximum 144 points depending on grades
Course fee
£1248 (includes £145 registration fee)
Payment options
Pay in full upfront (£50 Discount available) | Monthly Installments (from £104 per month)
Flexible study (typically takes 8-10 months, but you can work at your own pace to complete in a time that suits you) Extension option available
Course start date
This course can be started at any time of the year
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A summary of the course

  • Change your career path and venture into the world of Business
  • 100% online learning
  • Study from home or wherever suits you
  • Study with tutor support
  • A sought-after route for meeting university entry requirements in Business
  • Various payment plans are available
  • Access to our interactive learning materials and interactive activities 24/7
  • No exams, no set time for online classes but instead learn in your own time
  • Support with UCAS application, including an academic reference
  • Trustpilot 4.9/5.0 Rating

About Your Diploma

If you've aspired to delve into the business world but faced obstacles due to lack of proper qualifications or change of career, our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business) at Academy Online Learning is your gateway. This course is ideal for those eyeing a new career in business or enhancing their qualifications for career advancement. Although the course has a one-year completion timeline, many students finish in 8-10 months due to its flexible nature.


Excellent Preparation to study Business at University

Business education requirements have evolved, with universities now embracing a diverse range of qualifications, including Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Our course is specifically designed to align with university standards, providing a comprehensive foundation for higher-level business studies. Our course encompasses vital business topics such as Principles of Leadership, Business Structures, Finance for Business, and Consumer Law, preparing you for a successful career in the business world. With an Individual Learning Plan, you can manage your assignment deadlines effectively, ensuring steady progress throughout your studies.


Getting Started with Academy Online Learning

As a leading UK online learning provider, Academy Online Learning offers this Level 3 nationally recognised qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Our entirely online course allows you to balance your studies with your current lifestyle, whether it involves work, family, or other commitments.


Stay On Top of Your Learning

Our online course allows you to take control of your own learning without having to attend lectures and tutorials at set times. You can start at anytime, work through our interactive learning materials and activities at your own pace and if you need help you can contact your personal tutor and they will be able to support you with a telephone or videoconference tutorial. All our tutors are all fully qualified and experienced teachers and subject specialists in the topics you will be studying.

We do not require you to have your maths and english but universities do, at Grade 4/ C or above. Study either or both alongside your diploma. Scroll down for more information on our fully online Functional Skills (includes the online exams) or GCSE options.


Please note, entry requirements may vary between universities. Always verify that your qualifications will be accepted by your chosen institution before enrolling.

For further information about Careers in Business and Management click here.

We also provide support with UCAS applications including an academic reference.

100% of Business AOLL applicants were offered
a place for September 2023

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Price Options

The cost of the Access to Business Higher Education Diploma is £1248, and can be paid in monthly instalments from £104 per month over 12 months with 0% interest. Or discounted price at £1198 (£50 saving) when paid in full upfront.

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* Includes £145 registration fee and certification with our awarding organisation, Skills and Education Access Group

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"there is no doubt the academic progress made by students throughout the course prepares them for higher education" - this is "Commendable"

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Units on this course (Ungraded)

Get into university with an Access to Higher Education Diploma

This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You...

Academic Writing Skills

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research...

Research Skills
Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. Develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.
Information Literacy

Information Literacy Skills help learners to understand the range and quality of available resources...

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In this ungraded unit, you will explore the reasons why marketing is required as well as learning the different ways that market research can be carried out...

Business Studies units (Graded)

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How to select and use appropriate communication for a range of purposes in business. The importance...
Business Structures

This Business Studies unit will give you the opportunity to learn about the different structures...

Customer Service

This Business Studies unit will explore the importance of good customer service by exploring the...

Business Plan

In this Business Studies unit you will be able to explore your own business ideas so that you can...

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This Business Studies unit will explore the different ways in which a business can be financed. You...

Business Structures

In this Business Studies unit you will learn about the features of a formal business organisation...


This Business Studies unit will look at what makes an effective leader by exploring the skills and...

International Trade

In this Business Studies unit you will explore the reasons behind trading internationally and the...

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This Business Studies unit will explore the different types of e-commerce and some of the benefits...

The economy

In this Business Studies unit you will consider the ‘economic problem’ which will enable you to...

Consumer Law

In this law-based Business Studies unit you will look at the law relating to the supply and sale of...


This law-based Business Studies unit will allow you to understand the legal requirements when...

  Our Access to Higher Education diplomas offer: No need to pay for extras or upgrades - it is ALL included!
Self-paced online learning with 1:1 tutor support
Access your course materials immediately
Study anywhere - anytime
Face to face tutorials on demand, scheduled when you need them
One-to-one tutor support via state of the art video conference suite, email or by phone
Study around your work and home life commitments
Work at your own pace and complete within 8-12 months
Tailored individual learning plan to achieve success
Benefit from subject specialist tutors
Access to our online material written and developed by leading professionals in the industry
Interact with your tutor via our easy to use messaging service
Network with like-minded students via student messaging group
Access to your course 24/7
Tailor the course to fit your needs*
UCAS Application support to help with your personal statement
UCAS final check before submission


*Some university courses will want to see specific units - plan what is required and we will mix and match key units

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Becs Dental Hygiene Therapy Student
Great course, learnt so much. Felt supported throughout from different Tutors. Massive help with UCAS application.
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Date of experience: 20 February 2024
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Rachel Cawthorne AOLL Student
Very trusting company, everyone responds promptly. All tutors were very helpful, especially Steve, Alison and Amy. Thank you for all your help!
Date of experience: 02 March 2024
Megan Andrew ELCAS Student
The access to the course was easy and simple to use the virtual learning area. The tutors where on hand with messages and if needs be phone calls. I enjoyed the course and it was good that the course could be paused as I needed as life changed and things made it that I couldn’t continue the course at times. This is very useful being military expecially when deployments come around the course can be paused until the end of the deployment.
Date of experience: 10 October 2023