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Business Management & Travel Access to Higher Education Level 3

Whether you have a brilliant business idea or are thinking of running your own travel or events company, this course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter a HNC/D or a degree course in business and/or travel or event management at university.

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Entry requirements

This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.  

Course content

During the course you will study a range of topics, which may include:

  • Individual research project
  • Study skills
  • Event management
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Organisation management
  • Scale and scope of the travel and tourism industry
  • Global destinations
  • Marketing
  • Principles of customer service
  • Tour operations
  • Maths and English.

(Units are subject to change.)

Assessment methods

You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods, including assignment, presentation, portfolio, timed in-class assessment and exam (possibly for functional skills).


Access to HE Diploma

Further study and career options

On completion of this course you can progress to study our Business BTEC HNC or Travel & Tourism BTEC HNC, or to university degree courses in a wide range of subjects.

Additional information

This is a full-time course, lasting for one year. During the course there will be proposed visits to local businesses and travel providers to enhance your understanding of key elements. You will be advised of full details of the trip programme on starting the course.

You will be required to attend College for 3-4 days a week (timetable to be confirmed); you will also be expected to study for approximately 10 hours a week outside of College.

Funding information

If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 14/09/2015 Aged 19-23: £1,511 / Aged 24 and over: £3,022 Cauldwell Street E2259

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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