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York College

This course aims to prepare you for entry into higher education and to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course at a university or college.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English.

What You'll Need

Please refer to the Access page for entry requirements.

The current agency guidance states; ‘Access to HE programmes are designed to support adults seeking entry to HE and the EFA funds any young people on these programmes by exception.’

Any student under the age of 19 must contact Student Services to discuss alternative options available at York College, and whether or not you have a case which may make you an exception.

Duration and Attendance

This course is due to commence in September.
Applications will open on 1st December – please register interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview.

What You'll Do

The course is divided into units of assessment.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma consists of two sections. To achieve the Diploma you must achieve 60 credits of which 45 credits are graded and 15 are ungraded. A minimum of two examinations taken under invigilation conditions must be successfully completed. You will complete the compulsory units followed by the selected subject specialism sets. All units are at Level 3 and need to be achieved.

To achieve the Diploma you will need to complete the following units:

  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Planning a Research Project
  • Research Project
  • Principles of Business Strategy
  • Business and Organisation Structures
  • Introduction to Budgeting
  • Principle of Management: Workforce Planning
  • Academic Writing
  • Study Skills
  • Statistical Skills & Techniques
  • Business Finance

Exams and Assessments

Assessment may take the form of reports, essays, examinations and presentations. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of each unit as appropriate and will be graded distinction, merit or pass.

A minimum attendance of 85 per cent is required throughout the course to successfully progress and achieve.


An Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through Ascentis, which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Details of the units to be studied can be found on its website.

How You Can Progress

You may progress onto a range of honours degree programmes in a range of different disciplines. Typically  individuals progress to BA (Hons) Business Management courses at a range of institutions.

Course Fees

Course fees vary each year. Prospective students are advised to contact us for the latest fees.
There will also be the cost of books and materials to consider, although these costs should be minimal. 

How To Apply

You must complete a full-time application form (available from the Infozone team in person or on 01904 770400 or from the website) and attend an interview. Applications will continue to be taken until three weeks after the course has started.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are offered a place on this course, you will be able to apply for the new Advanced Learner Loan. The loan means that you will not have to pay any tuition fees up front and will only pay back the loan when your salary rises above £21,000. Repayments are made automatically if you are employed and are part of your tax return if you are self-employed.

If you are taking out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to HE Diploma your Loan will be written off on successful completion of your higher education programme - so in effect your Access to HE Diploma programme could be free.

For more information follow this link.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.



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