Level 3 Diploma

Access to HE - Law & Business

Course overview

This Access to Higher Education Diploma is perfect for those who would like to learn more about Law and Business and for those wishing to progress to degrees in either subject or a related field, e.g. criminology or humanities, subject to university entry requirements.

The course will take place online, with live teacher-led lessons twice a week, enabling you to gain an Access Diploma outside of normal working hours and from anywhere you have a stable internet connection and a smart device/laptop.

Learning will be fast-paced, and lessons will be delivered live via online software video conferencing. Supporting resources will be available, and you will have the ability to use additional college facilities for study or individual support if required.

As with all Access Diplomas, there is also a requirement to set aside independent study time to complete assessments and carry out research and wider reading. This equates to approximately a full day per week.


  • 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.

†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.

Access to HE FAQs

Not sure whether an Access to Higher Education course is right for you? We answer the most common questions.