Access to HE: Business

This course provides a route to Higher Education in business covering a wide range of subjects appropriate for general entry to Higher Education at Guildford College or university.

This programme is for mature students (19+) 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 universities 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.

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.

Access Courses accredited by Ascentis.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.

Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.

You will study various units, some of these are: Micro and small Businesses, Business and organisation structures, Principles of business strategy, Business Law and Psychology.

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.

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.

To be eligible for a place on this programme, you must have a GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
Please note: If you wish to go on to study a medicine degree, most universities require five GCSEs, including English, maths, and science at grades 7–9 (A–A* equivalent).

Applicants are advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the criteria. Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience, and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants must be aged over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to re-take either a maths or English GCSE alongside this course.

If you don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We have a range of one-year, Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.

There is also a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

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.

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