Access to Higher Education - Business & Law | New College Courses

Access to Higher Education - Business & Law

Course Content

This Access Diploma = 60 credits (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Level 3 academic graded subjects:

Business Studies
Helps you understand how businesses work, how they set objectives and strategies and how these might be put into practice. We also look at how businesses interact and how they are affected by external factors. Units include: Marketing, Operations Management, Finance, People and Objectives/Strategies.

Learn how the law works and why it changes the way it does.  It will also introduce you to study skills that are essential to the modern lawyer.  Units include: Sources of Law and Practical Application, Legal Personnel and the Provision of Legal Services, Criminal Procedure and the Penal System, Civic Procedure and Criminal Law.

Advanced ICT
Most Access students do basic IT skills as one of their Support Subjects, but here you study at higher levels.  Modules covered may include: Word Processing, Presentation Software, Spreadsheets, Database Systems and Introduction to Computer Systems.

Maths for Business

Mandatory ungraded subjects

Study Skills & Basic IT
All students must attend a Study Skills class for one hour a week; this is normally followed by your Tutor Hour and you will have the same tutor for both. Basic IT will allow you to update your computer skills while adding credit towards the Access Diploma. All units in this section are compulsory.

Entry Requirements

All students should have GCSE Maths or English Language grade A*-C. Minimum age is 19 years with at least a one year break from education.

If you don’t have the necessary qualifications to do an Access course consider our Preparation for Access course which will give you the necessary skills.



Monday 9am-2.30pm
Plus two or three other days depending on subject choices (Usually finish before 2pm)


This diploma could link to careers in Business, Law, ICT, Management, HR.  Higher Education links to HNC./ HND Business Studies at New College, Degree in Business Studies, Law Degree etc.

Paying for your Access Diploma with the Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are for people aged 19 or over who want to complete a qualification course at level 3, 4, 5 or 6 (Including the Access to Higher Education Diploma). Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

You can apply for a loan from May 2016 to pay your tuition fees for courses starting from August 1st 2016. You will pay nothing back until you have finished your course and are earning over £21,000 per year.

Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!*

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.
(The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.)

Click here for more information and to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

How to apply

1. Complete an application form Apply online

2. Apply by Post

Return postal form to:

Alison Boam
New College Swindon
New College Drive

3. Hand in an application form at the New College reception

Hard copies of the application form can be downloaded here, picked up from the New College reception or you can request a form using the contact details below.

Enquiries to:

Phone: 01793 732826