Farnborough College of Technology
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About

About this course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Business Studies

This course aims to provide you with a broad base of business. You will identify key terms, concepts and features of the business sector;  you will examine in depth the strategic and operational methods business employ to achieve their goals and the internal and external factors that can affect these. The final unit will look at business finance and the features which influence which source of finance is most appropriate to a company. This subject is studies alongside Economics.

English Literature
Studying English Literature allows students to analyse and research plays, poetry, short stories and in terms of subject, genre, history and technique. The course explores the Gothic genre in detail and develops analytical skills needed to understand, contextualise and interpret texts.

Studying English Literature is excellent for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching, those looking to further their studies in literature and those who wish to develop their understanding of how literature works.

Economics

To be studied alongside business studies, this course is designed to give you a wide overview of terms and conditions used in business economics. You will also study the UK economy in detail looking at the issues the country faces. Other units will look at macroeconomics and how economic policies can be used to influence them and in the final unit you will study globalisation and the impact this has on the UK economy.

Maths

Your studies will complement your academic studies. The main areas covered are algebra, number systems, geometry and basic trigonometry.

Study Skills
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking.

Tutorial
You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.​

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Progression

What Next?

After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college.

This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • Business Advisor 
  • Economist
  • Office manager
  • Accountant 
  • Marketing 
  • Human Resources 
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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C or above and usually GCSE Mathematics or Functional Skills in Numeracy.

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