Distance Learning
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) is aimed to provide an alternative route into a career in business and management. If you didn’t take A-levels, didn’t get the grades you needed, or if you previously followed a different path, this course opens up the chance for you to gain the qualifications you need to study a business management degree in your particular field of interest. You can choose the modules that will be most useful to you for your planned career, and with a thorough understanding of the theories and practices of modern business management, you will be well placed to study business, management, or project management at university, applicable to any business or industry that interests you.

Most universities in the UK will accept Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) as an entry requirement, though you should check this with individual establishments you would like to attend. Unlike other courses, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management) study programme has a rolling enrolment, so you don’t have to wait till September to start your studies but can choose the most convenient time for you. In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management), most colleges and universities will require a minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths or an accepted equivalent. For this reason, you will need this minimum requirement to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management).

Modules for this course Module 1: Preparing To Study Module 2: Academic Writing Skills Module 3: Preparing a Written Assignment Module 4: Independent Research Module 5: Management Module 6: The Individual in Organisations Module 7: Progressing to Higher Education Module 8: Market Structures Module 9: Business & the Environment Module 10: Human Resource Management Module 11: Business and Employment law Module 12: Operations Management Module 13: Business Organisations Module 14: Quality Management Module 15: Consumer Legislation Module 16: Resource allocation Module 17: Marketing Module 18: Macro Economics and the Business Environment Module 19: Business Planning Module 20: Business Skills

Entry Requirements

Learners wishing to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma need to have a GCSE in Maths and English or an appropriate equivalent qualification at level 2 or above and have the ultimate goal of studying a related degree at university.

For a wide range of universities Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil part of their entry criteria on many of their courses. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are eligible to be used within the standard UCAS application process. Access to Higher Education Diplomas have historically been an effective way to help learners get places at their university and degree of choice. It is important potential learners should understand that each University will have their own set of admission criteria and that they only have a set number of places on each course. These admission criteria can change at any time at the universitys discretion and include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Achievement of a set amount of credits at Merit or Distinction level.

  2. Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at the University.

  3. Fulfilling a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy standards and potentially passing an in-house assessment.

  4. Completion of mandatory prescribed work placements, work experience and potentially a sandwich year of paid work experience.

  5. It is recommended that learners starting their Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full level 2 qualification in a related subject. These conditions form part of some universities entrance criteria.

All learners studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma must perform their own research to ensure their diploma is correctly specified. It is the learner's responsibility to ensure that the Diploma they are studying gives them the best possible chance of being accepted for a place on a course at their university of choice. This research must be undertaken independently as soon as possible once the learner has started their course, it can even begin beforehand. West London and Ealing College will not be able to accept responsibility or any liability with respect to any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to gain an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment Method

Every Access to Higher Education Diploma is composed of graded and ungraded units. After each unit there will be an assignment that will need to be completed and each one must be submitted online. These assignments will contain different types of task and can include any of the following: a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report, a presentation and a case study review. Within your course materials, you will find comprehensive multimedia content designed to help you complete each assignment. Once you have submitted your assignment your assessor will mark your work and respond with feedback as well as ideas on how you can improve future assignments.

Learners work their way through each ungraded and graded unit in sequence. On the graded units, learners should attempt to get as many Distinction credits as possible. The graded units are very important. Some university offers maybe conditional on achievement of a certain number of Distinctions and/or Merits. The sequence of our diploma is designed so that you work through the ungraded study skills units first. These units give you a chance to practice the skills required that will help you get the highest possible grades on the graded units.

Working through each unit in sequence ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress, provide you with feedback and assistance throughout the duration of the course. The approximate time required to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma is 360 hrs.

Progression Opportunities

We have designed our innovative learning platform specifically for Access to Higher Education Diploma delivery. Our industry-leading platform gives you the best possible chance of succeeding and gaining a place at your university of choice and unlocking your dream career. All course materials are available online 24/7 ensuring you can study wherever and whenever you want.

During your journey to gain your Access to Higher Education Diploma with us we will work with you on your university application. It is likely that during your course you will start to receive University offers. Employers view Higher Education degrees as a signal of a learners ability to work independently and succeed. These are desirable features and so the power of a degree qualification is not to be underestimated. We will work with you to help you succeed and stand out from the crowd!

Study Methods

When you begin your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management), we will supply you with course materials that are comprehensive and easy to follow. We also ensure we support your learning with a broad range of relevant and useful information.

You stay in touch regularly with your personal tutor via our platform, using a phone, email, or Skype, and because this is distance learning, you can set your own study schedule to fit with your life, rather than fitting your life around your course. The benefit of this is that you can study at the pace most comfortable for you and your responsibilities, using your own study style.

This flexibility allows you to continue your usual day-to-day responsibilities, but it does mean you will be expected to develop the discipline you need to study independently. For example, you will learn to allocate a realistic amount of time to achieve the requirements of the course and ensure you make that time available.

One feature that can be very helpful if you have a very busy life with many responsibilities is that you can choose how much time you would like to take to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management). The minimum period of time we expect learners to complete the course is 9 months, and the maximum time is as much as 2 years. However, the intensity and format of the course mean you will quickly gain valuable skills and knowledge, no matter how relaxed your learning schedule.


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. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol