What you need to work in a Business role

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Certain Business roles are related to the degree course studied at university. Others can be developed by the transferable skills and knowledge taught on this online Access to HE Diploma in Business as well as prepare you for undergraduate degree level to study Business at University.

An Access course in Business Studies is likely to help your application when applying to study at University. The units on this diploma give a good general grounding in business with the chance to study Business and Communication, Customer Service, Developing a Business plan, Consumer Law, Finance for Business as well as using the internet for Business. The learning material will develop your understanding of certain areas including HR, Finance or Marketing. Public, private and voluntary organisations have a marketing department. The units on this diploma will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to communicate and present well which will be looked at favourably when it comes to being interviewed at University.

One example is Business Management:


What are the Business Management pay and working conditions like?

  • You could work in an office or at a client's business
  • Average salary (a year) can start from £26,000 and reach up to and beyond £64,000
  • Typical work hours are 38-40 hours a week


What are the career tips for business management?

Some roles may require you to travel overseas so it may be useful if you can speak a second language!


What skills do you learn from business studies?

Working in Business can be a varied and dynamic role with various responsibilities. Therefore, it is good to develop your skills and knowledge in the following areas:

Business management skills - this can include problem-solving, strong communication skills, decision-making, business planning, ability to delegate and time management.


Leadership skills - will involve you demonstrating the strength to make decisions, guide initiatives and support colleagues toward making achievable goals.


Ability to inspire - to acknowledge the work that you and your team have accomplished and striving to commend individuals on their efforts. As well as inspire members with ambition, a desire to succeed and encouragement to lead.


Verbal and written communication is so important in many roles in today’s employment market and therefore needs to be a practiced and refined skill. Completing this fully online Access to Business Diploma will help you to develop and enhance your communication skills and confidence.  Day to day meetings are becoming more online as we use the internet to work from home, from abroad and still in many cases from the office. Getting the information across that you want to share or a product to sell will not rely entirely on face to face meetings but increasingly will be via email and video conferencing.


Computer skills are a must-have and the ability to present using various software packages will support your ability to communicate your ideas as well as look continuously professional. This might include selling a product via the internet for example, an accredited online course. Presentation is the key to success in making your business both successful and in a highly competitive market.


Having the ability to sell products and services is achieved through excellent communication skills. You should have full knowledge and understanding of your business product or service. Using your initiative will demonstrate this clearly and effectively when working with customers whether they are sat opposite you or via a link to the other side of the globe.


In your day-to-day duties you will be taking on various tasks. These can include writing reports and making presentations to customers and senior management. You will use your excellent IT skills to use software to demonstrate this such as Microsoft Word, Excel Spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations. Communicating ideas in today’s business world can even involve making videos or podcasts to demonstrate new ideas or to explain a product to new customers. Selling a product for your Business will involve researching organisations to establish a market demand and targeting new customers.


Discover what your customers are looking for and plan proposals and pricing to work out the right marketing direction you need to take. Some Businesses find new customers by ‘cold-calling’ to arrange a meeting at customers’ premises. Increasingly, a marketing approach is also via virtual meetings and emails. Networking is essential to meet new clients and to recruit talented people that can bring something fresh and innovative to your business. This can be through attending events, conferences and online courses. You may even have the opportunity to run training for other business developers, entrepreneurs or junior sales teams. Part of your tasks will be to forecast sales targets that need to be met. To do this you will need to identify new methods and opportunities that will enable your business to grow.


What knowledge do you develop from business studies?

Depending on the career path you take there are many opportunities to grow in the business sector. Using the knowledge that you develop through an access diploma, degree and later in the work place, you can use these skills to become a marketing director, project manager, development manager or even business development executive. Opportunities may arise to become a business development manager within a specific sector such as healthcare or online marketing.

Your skills in marketing, communication and leadership can be transferred to many different roles such as Project Manager or Business Consultant.


How can I start a business degree?

An access diploma is one way to start your journey. Many universities recognise online access diplomas as a fantastic opportunity to develop the skills, academic knowledge and initiative that is required to study at degree level. Achieving a Business Studies degree at university will give you an advantage in getting closer to your career goals.


How do I get into university to study business?

Studying from home for an Access to HE diploma is a flexible and accessible route aimed at people that don't have A levels. Some of the best courses for Business Studies can be found from online providers. It is a recognised level 3 entry qualification that will get you into university to study a business degree. The units you will learn on the access diploma course are acknowledged by many universities as the essential skills needed for their course. Our online service includes support to all students applying to university via the UCAS application process.


Most universities have a September start date for undergraduate students. However, some do offer a January start for Business students. View here to see the universities that have a January intake.


What do I need to study a business degree?

Studying towards a Business Management degree demonstrates good time management, as well as self-motivation and the confidence to put yourself forward as a candidate to be a student on a course at the right university for you. Anyone can study a degree but it’s like the old saying goes ‘the more you put into something the more you get out’. Processing the information and to achieve your goals takes time to do it well. Normal requirements include having Maths and English grade 4 or 5 GCSEs However, many universities accept Functional Skills level 2 in Maths and English.


Can I study Functional Skills or GCSEs online?

Studying online for Functional Skills is becoming increasingly popular as unlike GCSE’s the exams can be taken at anytime to suit you from the comfort of your own home.


What do I need to start studying a business degree?

It is simple to start studying a business degree once you have chosen the course and the university accepts your application. Getting there needs some consideration. Some people may prefer classroom-based learning and studying A-Levels. Others choose an online more flexible mode of learning that will enable them to fit study around their personal commitments i.e. job and family. Studying a Business management course online also cuts down travel and childcare costs. The online Access Diploma in Business covers all of these options. Online learning also demonstrates great time management skills which is part of the selection process when universities are offering students a place on to their Business Degree Program.


How can I get in to study business?

Some businesses offer apprenticeships or graduate training schemes to junior employees. This can be few and far between and more often a company will hire a university graduate with a degree in Business. To study business at degree level you should enquire with the university what their entry requirements are. Typically, universities look for A-Level grades AAB or 60 credits from an Access to Business Diploma level 3. Both routes will give you a number of Tariff points. On the Access Diploma is possible to achieve as much as 144 points. More information about university requirements across the UK can be found on the UCAS website.


What jobs can I get with a business degree?

There are various ways to become a business manager. Roles in business are often related to the course studied at degree level. However, many job openings are also made around the transferable skills that are achieved through study.


The following demonstrates the various jobs that are suitable for business graduates:


Accountants holds the responsibility to prepare, analyse and review the business accounts. As well as financial forecasting, risk assessment and monitor the spending of budgets.


Business Development Managers are responsible for driving a business to grow and make a higher profit within the company. They are expected to attract new clients via networking and researching opportunities in the market. BDM’s are also responsible for saving costs, whilst also strategically expanding the company and spotting opportunities when they arise.


A Project Manager needs to plan, organise and deliver projects, remaining within a particular budget and to complete tasks on time.


Marketing Executives can be a creative role when producing materials. You will need to know about the commercial market and how to plan, analyse and deliver the right information for your product. It is important to manage the relationship between the business and the customer as well as to find new and targeted audiences.

Other roles in business include: Corporate Treasurer; Bank Branch Manager; Estate Agent; Information security analyst; Medical and health services manager; Fundraiser; Human Resource (HR) specialist.


What are the highest paying jobs with a Business Studies degree?

  • Senior Project Manager £77,500
  • Corporate Treasurer £148,000
  • Lead Underwriter £200,000
  • Insurance Broker Director £250,000


What jobs don't exist but might in the future?

Job titles such as app developer, podcast producer or even social media influencer didn’t exist over ten years ago. With a degree in Business your research into employment might be different altogether in the years to come. Over 60% of jobs on the market today did not exist thirty years ago. With some imagination and research, you could develop a business that hasn’t been considered yet. Here is an example of a job spec that requires the skills to work with humans alongside robots: Human-Robot team manager. Develop and manage a system online or within the workplace for human and AI (Artificial Intelligence) employees to work together and communicate to produce better business outcomes. What will your idea be?


What are keywords when searching for a job in Business studies?

If you are searching for keywords when looking for jobs in business, here are some examples: 

  • contract mgmt
  • budget/schedule/quality
  • lifecycle mgmt
  • access to business

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