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Access to Business and Financial Services

Level 3
One year
Telephone: 01792 284000 (Tycoch)


This is a new course aimed at those returning to study for progression into higher education or to enhance career opportunities within the business or financial services sector. You will study a range of mandatory and optional units that contribute to your Access to HE Diploma.

Subject units include: Investigative Project; Business Administration; Business Finance; Marketing; Human Resources; Regulatory Requirements in Financial Services.

Mandatory skills units include: Communication Skills for Access to HE; Delivering Oral Presentations; Study Skills; Mathematics.

Key information

Applicants are likely to return to learning and study Access from a wide variety of backgrounds. All applicants will be interviewed to determine suitability to the demands of the programme that take into account the applicants (i) aims and goals (ii) life experience (iii) educational experience. 

Candidates will be advised if alternative Level 3 routes are more appropriate to their aims.

Applicants may also be initially advised to consider our Pre-Access Level 2 programme to further prepare them and advise their suitability for study upon this Level 3 pathway.

This new 60 credit Access Diploma is continually assessed by completing a combination of mandatory and optional units. 

Assessment methods will include a variety of project and assignment work, essays, presentations, research projects and tests. You will be required to maintain your course file to the required standard for the Agored awarding body.

The course requires a high level of commitment to the various continually assessed units for successful completion.

Following the successful completion of this course you will be able to apply to Higher Education for a wide range of business related pathways such as a HND Business and Accounting at Gower College Swansea or Degree in Business and Management / Business and Finance / Finance and Investment.