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Level 3 Diploma

Law & Business (Access to Higher Education)


1 Year *


Level 3

Career Sector

Financial Sector & Professional Services

Available At


Start Date


Days & Times

10 hours, spread over 2 days


£2,995† (Eligible for Advanced Learner Loan)

Course overview

An Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to go to university if you don’t currently have the qualifications you need. They are widely recognised by most universities, including local institutions such as Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex.

The Law & Business pathway is ideal for those who wish to study business or law-related courses at university.

You will also undertake a research project on a topic of your choice with the aim of developing your independent learning skills.


  • Introduction to Law
  • Business Studies
  • Law of Tort
  • Business Planning
  • Leadership
  • Criminal law and criminology
  • Contract law
  • Finance
  • Supply chains
  • Academic Skills in Preparation for Higher Education
  • Research project.


How will I be taught and assessed?

Each unit is assessed differently including a range of assessment methods such as essays, reports, presentations, case studies and exams.


Why study at USP College?

  • Trips to Parliament and the Old Bailey and a Criminology conference
  • Visits from local Magistrates, Barristers and Marketing teams
  • Expert teachers with many years of experience in teaching the subject to Level 3 and beyond and in teaching and supporting adults returning to study
  • A friendly, supportive environment where students are challenged and engaged
  • Excellent pass rates and progression rates to university
  • Centre of good practice for the qualification board in many areas, including the progress of students from starting points and for being a ‘keen and dedicated’ team who are ‘fantastic, reflective teachers.’ They always act ‘for the good of the learners,’ who get a ‘fantastic learning experience at USP.’

What could I do next?

You could go on to study a degree in business or law-related fields. You could also go on to study the Business Management Foundation Degree at the College.


Former Student Success

Former Access to Law and Business students are currently studying for a wide variety of degrees across a number of HE institutions, including Law at ARU, Leicester University, Law with International Relations at Surrey, Law and Business at Canterbury Christchurch, Finance and Marketing at Brighton University


Entry requirements

  • You must be aged 19 or over at registration
  • You must have English Language GCSE grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills English. It is desirable to also have GCSE/L2 Maths but if not, then a commitment to study it alongside Access (on a separate evening) is required as most universities require both English and Maths.
  • Unfortunately, if you have neither Maths or English, we are unable to enrol you onto the Access course at this time. However, you could study GCSE English and Maths (potentially for free) at the college first, before going on to the Access course.

Additional Costs

Trips normally require travel to and from London venues and there is a £20 additional cost for the criminology conference.

You will need to purchase stationery e.g. pens, paper, folders, plastic wallets.

Although there is no single text that covers all units, purchasing any used version of an A-Level/Level 3 textbook for Law and for Business will be advantageous.

* This course can be studied part-time over two years (one day per week) spreading the cost of the course to £1,500 per year. The part-time option can also be funded by the Advanced Learner Loan. This can be discussed at interview.

**The course runs between 9am-4pm with an average of 10 hours weekly teaching time spread over two days. Please note that days and times are dependent on subject choice and may be subject to change.

†If you are aged 19-24 and have not completed a Level 3 course already, you may be eligible to study for FREE! Subject to funding, call 01268 882 618 for more information. Alternatively, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the cost of your course.

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