Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

This course is for you if you are an adult who wants to progress to a degree in business or a business-related area, but do not have the necessary qualifications.

You will need maturity and commitment to succeed on this course.

All applications to Higher Education Courses must be made through UCAS, however please ring us for advice on this process and we will support you with your application.

Students will be required to complete units in the following modules:-

Specialist units in:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Business Context
  • Mathematics for Business

Study skills in:

  • English language
  • Academic Skills


  • Written assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Exams
Entry Requirements

The Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route to higher education (HE) degree programmes. Please note that as part of the entry criteria, many universities will require English and Maths GCSEs at grades A- C in addition to the Access to HE Diploma qualification.

You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended progression route before you apply for the Access course. Some HE institutions may accept alternative qualifications, such as Functional Skills level 2 or Qualifications taken outside of the UK.

For the Access to HE Diploma applicants should have at least both GCSE in English and Maths at grades A-C on entry (or evidence that an equivalent qualification, is accepted by your university of choice). All applicants will be interviewed.

If you do not already have the entry qualifications, you could consider the following route in order to progress to the Access to HE programme:

Complete a two year programme: Year 1: Studying GCSE English and Maths Year 2: Access to HE Diploma

If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification (a NARIC check will be required).

For more information please contact our Learner Information team.

Assessment Method

Each module is assessed using a variety of criteria. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, reading and research of relevant information, time management and effective communication skills.

Each module carries a number of written assessments. Depending on the module you will be assessed through combinations of the following; formal reports, presentations, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.

Progression Opportunities

If you complete the course successfully you could be able to take up a place on a suitable BA or BSc programme at a higher education institution. Degree programmes in Business Management, Banking and International Finance, International Business, Marketing, Management Economics, Accounting and Finance. Universities include King's College, University of London; Royal Holloway, University of London; City University and University of Westminster. Some decide to remain at the college and continue their studies on the Higher National Diploma in Business.

This course is designed solely for progression to Higher Education. Once you have a degree there is a wide range of business-based careers open to you. The precise nature of your possible career options depend on the degree course you complete.

Study Methods

You will have 10 hours of timetabled classes each week over 2 days. Your personal tutor will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

The majority of learning is classroom-based on campus.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.