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Business Studies Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma (B00023-171801)

This course is part of our 2017/2018 curriculum offer.

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  • B00023-171802 Business Studies Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma Start: 21/11/2017
    Duration: 28 week(s) Days/Time: Thu, Tue, Wed (10:00 to 16:30)

Course Overview:

Please Note. The January start- B00023-161702 is now full. However we have a waiting list so if you wish to make an application please apply on the website.

This course will enable you to gain a qualification to apply for university entrance in business related areas of study

This Business Studies course will give you a broad knowledge of Business across a range of topics including Marketing, Finance, Law, Enterprise and Management.

As a special offer for Access learners, you have the option of choosing a free leisure course starting in September/January, of a duration of one term or less.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

How to Enrol:

To apply for this course please complete the online application form prior to attending the interview and assessments.

Entry Requirements:

You should have a grade C or above at GCSE English and Maths gained within the last five years. If you do not have this you may still apply and provide evidence of any other qualifications you have done. All applicants will also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English. You should be able to write fluently and understand business materials including financial information.

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you.

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Advanced Learner Loans

If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 to 23 you don’t need to take a loan as this course will be free for you.

If you are aged 19 or over and have previously completed a full level 3, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all or part of the fee. You may be able to take more than one loan depending on the courses you want to study.

Find out more about the loan

Course Content:

The course consist of a series of business specific modules:

- Marketing- you will learn about marketing concepts, research and marketing planning
- Finance- the course consists of key introductory subjects including sources of finance and ratio analysis.
- Management- you will study business management, motivation, plus you can learn about aspects of law which apply to business decision making, including modules on employment law and employment contracts.
- Enterprise and IT- you will learn business planning which will involve preparing a business plan for a business idea as well as study a computer based spreadsheets module

In addition there are a range of study skills units which will form part of the Maths and English content on the course and also provide you with the learning skills which are important in preparing for higher level study. These include report writing, basic arithmetic, finding and reading information and presentation skills

Assessment Methods:

You will be continually assessed and the main assessment method is coursework, there will also be some assessment through reviewing case studies, preparing reports and engaging in role plays.

The access course is a very intensive course and the demand on learners to meet assessment targets is extremely high. There are around 20 assignments to be included in your final portfolio of evidence. As a consequence you will be expected to attend regularly and to meet submission deadlines.

Additional Information:

Additional learning support can be considered in certain cases, please discuss with the tutor at interview.

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.

Bring To First Class:

Pen, Paper, Ring binder folder, Calculator, Memory stick, all of which can be purchased from a stationery store.


Learners are expected to attend all sessions. If a learner is absent for more than 4 consecutive weeks they may be removed from the programme. After 5 weeks you will be given a formal tutorial at which your progress and attendance will be reviewed.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

Completing this course allows you to apply for university degree courses. One big advantage of this course is that you can complete it in a much shorter time to A-levels.
Higher education/degree level study in the Law, Humanities, English, Cultural studies or a number of other course options. 100% our learners were made offers in the last academic year.
Learners completing this qualification have succeeded in gaining a place at university to study subjects such as Marketing, Finance, Law, Enterprise and Management.

Some learners have secured places in very prestigious universities from completing this course including: Kings College, University of Surrey, University of Cardiff and others.

For further information on career opportunities take a look at the Business sector on the National Career Service website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much homework will I need to do outside of class? You will need plenty of time outside the course to keep up to date with your coursework. At least an extra free day per week is recommended.

What will happen if I miss a class? If you miss a class your coursework will suffer substantially. You need to have regular attendance to ensure you understand the material to complete your coursework. If you miss four consecutive classes without notifying RACC you will automatically be withdrawn from the course

When will the exams take place? There are no exams. You will be continuously assessed based on your in-class and submitted work, and your marked work will be externally verified by OCN who are the awarding body - towards the end of the course.

Do I need any special clothing or equipment? A memory stick to save your work is essential. It is useful to have access both to the internet and to the software outside the class so that you can practise what you have learned in class however there are also computers available on the college site
Is there any tutorial support? You will have tutorials throughout the year where you can ask questions relating to the assignments. There is also an online learning platform, Moodle, which will hold additional learning resources

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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