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Adult Course Details

Access to Business Studies Diploma - 2020:21

Location: Guildford College
Course Code: AC05LF1A002P
Year: 2020:21
Attendance: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, between 10.00-16.45 Times vary by day
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Ascentis
Fees (Adv Learner Loan): £ 3022
16/09/2020Places Available
Subject Area

The Government funds and regulates adult Further Education and skills training in England. They pay a proportion of the cost to deliver the course and expect the student, or a sponsor, to pay the remaining portion. This is referred to as the ‘tuition fees’ and is what we display on our guide. If a course or a learner is not eligible for government funding the Full Cost /international fees will be liable. Please refer to our International fees page for more information.

Please note that the fees shown relate to the WHOLE programme but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including changes to Government funding and remission policies, so before enrolling on a course please check with the College for the latest information. The College also reserves the right to close, or not to start any published course.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct. However, the College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including content, dates, times, venues, fees payable, concessions available, terms and conditions.

Content / Overview 

The course covers a wide range of subjects appropriate for general entry to Higher Education at Guildford College or university, including units on:

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Management 
  • Introduction to Business
  • Research Project
  • Principles of Business Strategy
  • Corportae Social Responsiblity
  • Business and Organisation Structures
  • Management and Employment Law
  • Theories of Performance Management 
  • Principles of Management  - Workforce Planning
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Financial Management 

Course Modules 

Why Study Here

The Guildford College Access course provides a fast-track route into university for mature applicants who do not have formal qualifications. The course is validated by Ascentis and therefore has the national kitemark of Access recognition for entry into any British Higher Education institution. The course is taught by highly qualified staff who have considerable experience in teaching adult students.

Suitable For

This programme is designed for mature students who wish to progress to Higher Education at Guildford College or a British university to study for a business related degree e.g. Business Studies, Accounts, Marketing, and possibly Law or Finance (students are advised to check with individual universties if there is a particular course they wish to pursue). Access is appropriate for those returning to education after a number of years, for example, in employment, bringing up a family or having a career break.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

This course is open to suitable candidates who are 19+ years of age and demonstrate sufficient interest and commitment. There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates should have English and preferably Maths GCSE (grades A*-C) or equivalent. You will be invited to discuss your suitability and needs at interview and may be asked to undertake an initial assessment. Additionally, students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

Delivery Method

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including lectures, seminars, small group work and class discussions.


You will be expected to work on assignments at home - hours required varies depending on time of year, e.g. 2 - 8 hours per week.


The course is continuously assessed using a variety of assessment methods/exams. You will build up credits throughout the course as unit assignments are completed. Your progress is discussed and monitored in tutorials.

Further Study

Guidance is given throughout the course in Higher Education opportunities and careers. Assistance in making applications to Higher Education at Guildford College or universities will be provided by personal tutors.

Additional Information

You will be provided with a course handbook detailing the structure and processes of the programme. Guidance is given throughout the course in subject choices, study skills, careers and Higher Education opportunities. Assistance will be given in making applications to university.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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