Business (CAVA Access to Higher Education)

Business (CAVA Access to Higher Education)

Subject Area: Adult Learning Business Access to Higher Education


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2020
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 147281
  • Entry Requirements

    You must be aged 19+.

    You must have a minimum of both a GCSE English Language and a GCSE maths at grade 3 or above (A*-D)/ Functional Skills Level 2, and one of these two subjects should be at a grade 4/C or above. Entrance is also subject to interview and a suitable reference.

    Should you require an Advanced Learning Loan this must be confirmed prior to enrolment.

    Course Overview


    This course is based at our Ipswich campus

    The study programme includes mandatory units in:

    • Marketing
    • People in organisations
    • Management and Leadership
    • Customer Service
    • Financial Awareness
    • Business Plans Start-up and Growth

    The Business Management pathway will also include:

    • Understanding Business Organisations
    • Business Awareness
    • Business Plans- Start-up and Growth

    The Event Management pathway will also include:

    • Management of the Customer Experience in Hospitality and Tourism
    • Food and Drink in Society
    • Events Management

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    English & Maths Requirement

    It is a mandatory requirement that every applicant for this course has achieved (and has evidence of) a GCSE English and/or maths at grade C/ 4 or above before enrolment. Should you not have evidence of a GCSE grade C/4 in English and/or maths, then you will be required to apply for; and successfully complete; the part time GCSE programme prior to the Access course.

    Should you hold one of these two subjects, then please ensure that you apply for the other qualification in addition the your chosen HE Access course when completing the online form.

    Should you have achieved your qualifications in another country, you are required to formally translate them via the NARIC website before we can enrol you. This is called a ‘Statement of Equivalency’,

    More details about the part time English and maths GCSEs at Suffolk New College can be found here:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I have English and maths qualifications but I do not have my certificates. Can I still join the course?

    To prove you meet the entry requirements you do need either your certificates or an official letter confirming your grades. If you do not have evidence of your qualifications you have a couple of options:

    1) Contact the school you were at to see if they can write a letter confirming the grades you achieved while you were there,

    2) Contact the exam boards for replacement certificates, though they do charge for this,

    3) Contact the Head of Access to HE and Science at the College, they will be able to check the national Learner Record Service.

    I studied overseas. Are my qualifications equivalent and can I gain entry onto the course with them?

    All international qualifications need to be submitted to NARIC ( to be converted to the UK equivalents. This is called a ‘Statement of Comparability’. We cannot enrol you without this. Alternatively, you will need to enrol on the GCSE programme first and complete the Access course the following year. Please refer to our website for more information about our courses,

    What days and times do I need to come in for lessons?

    All Access to HE Diplomas are timetabled over 2 days each week between 9am and 4:30pm. The exact days are dependent on the Diploma you want to study on.

    Can I use the loan to pay for my course?

    Students are eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the tuition fees for this course. More information about this can be found on:

    Do I sit any exams for this course?

    Each Access to HE Diploma contains some exams although they are primarily assessed through assignments.

    Can I do English and maths alongside the Access course?

    If you only have a grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional Skills in one (English or maths) you will be required to sit the other alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

    Course Highlights

    This study programme will give you the entry criteria for university as a mature student.

    The programme offers Business units as well as study skills units to help prepare you for university.

    A variety of assessment is used which included completed assignments and presentations as well as a final major project. This course runs over two or three days in college, plus self study time.

    Next Steps

    You will be able to apply for a range of degrees at the completion of the course, including:

    • BA (Hons) Business management

    • BA ( Hons) Marketing Management

    • BA (Hons) Event and Marketing Management

    • BA ( Hons Event and Tourism Management

    • BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management

    • BA ( Hons) Economics, Banking and Finance

    Progression from this course can see learners study a degree leading to a career in areas such as Marketing, Human Resource Management, Finance, Events Management and Operations.

    Tuition Costs

    For all students aged 19+ fees will be £3022.

    You are able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of this course - to find out more click here.