Business Studies

Access to Higher Education Diploma

£138.33 per month *( Price excludes upfront registration
payment of £149.00) * For 12 months.
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Learn everything you need about the business world

The course covers subjects as interesting and diverse as quality and customer care, ethics in business, teamwork and leadership, crisis management and motivational management and leadership

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    Enter the world of business

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    Get a great start in business, or build your existing business career

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    Help you work in business for the first time

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    Help you secure a University place in a business related course

Whatever your previous experience of studying, this course can be right for you.

Designed for adults to be easy to follow online, the course is broken up into a series of easy to understand units, which are provided to you like a “book” to work through at your own pace.

You’ll complete a wide variety of activities, such as word searches, questions, problem-solving and case studies. Each unit will normally have links to videos, websites and presentations to help you learn. Completing the activities will help you understand the subject and complete each unit.

Completing a unit unlocks the next unit until you’ve achieved your Diploma. Along the way, you will be provided with feedback from expert assessors on each unit you submit.

The course covers subjects as interesting and diverse as quality and customer care, ethics in business, teamwork and leadership, crisis management and motivational management and leadership.

Enrol on this course today and receive a 10% discount on course fees when you pay in full!

Payment options

Payment in Full:

Receive a 10% discount at the time of purchase when you pay in full.

Course fees: £1494.00

Registration fee: £149.00

Total Cost of the Course: £1643.00


Monthly Payment Plan:

Initial deposit: £138.33

Registration fee: £149.00

Total at the time of purchase: £287.33

Followed by 11 monthly instalments of £138.33

Total Cost of the Course: £1809.00

How will my course work?

Moodle is a VLE, or virtual learning environment, that was created specifically for online courses, and is designed to be easy to use, interactive and helpful.

Once you’ve enrolled and received your log in, you’ll be able to access your Diploma course, which is easy to follow and designed so that you always know where you are, what you have to do and how you can progress through the course.

Each unit is presented as a book, you just ‘turn’ the pages as you work through the unit. Moodle gives us the opportunity to provide you with varied activities to help your learning in each unit, such as quizzes, crosswords and word searches. Resources like videos and presentations are embedded into units whenever possible, so you don’t have to leave the Moodle to view them and you don’t need to download lots of documents.

On Moodle, it’s easy to:

  • Complete unit activities
  • Check your answers to unit activities
  • Submit your assessments
  • Receive feedback from an assessor
  • Keep up to date with any news or announcements relevant to your Diploma
  • Send and receive messages

One thing you always need to keep in mind – you can’t break it!

How will my course progress?

The units have been written specifically for online learners, provided as ‘books’, for you to work through at your own pace.

There are activities throughout a unit for you to complete, such as:

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • questions
  • problem solving
  • case studies
  • quizzes

Videos, presentations and web links are provided to broaden your understanding of a subject. These formative activities will help you to complete the assessment that you need to do for each unit, details of which are contained in the unit assessment brief.

You can view the full syllabus for the healthcare professions course, which contains the units you need to study, click on the tab section relating to the Syllabus below.

How will I complete my units?

Each unit comes with an assessment brief. You will be able to access the assessment brief right at the beginning of a unit, so you can see what you are working towards. The assessment brief contains all the details you need about the assessment tasks that you must complete to achieve a unit.

Every assessment task is clearly mapped to the appropriate unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

The activities that you complete during your work on a unit have been developed so that you gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to complete the assessment.

The types of assessment are varied and interesting. The following are some examples, which can vary depending on which Diploma you’re studying:

  • research notes for a radio programme
  • e-presentation
  • leaflets
  • newspaper article
  • presentation paper with audio summary
  • report
  • diagrams
  • fact sheets
  • case studies
  • calculations
  • drawings

When you have finished your unit study, you submit your assessment tasks, which will be marked by an assessor. Once you have successfully completed a unit, you will be able to progress onto the next one.

How much time will I need?

An Aspire Access Diploma requires the achievement of 60 credits. Each unit in a Diploma carries a certain number of credits – these can be 3, 6 or 9.

The 60 credits comprise:

  • 15 credits from ungraded units
  • 45 credits from graded units (grades are pass, merit, distinction)

1 credit is estimated to take an "average" student up to 10 hours. These hours include all the activities needed to complete the credit, such as:

  • working through the unit
  • completing the activities provided
  • reading
  • your own research
  • preparing for the unit assessment
  • completing the unit assessment

What's the quickest time I could qualify?

Once enrolled you are given a total of 3 years to complete your diploma. You can complete the diploma within the 3 years, the actual completion time varies dependent on individual circumstances and how much time can be dedicated to working through the completing the diploma.

*Each unit has a maximum allotted time of 3 months ( once unlocked ) to complete.

What's the longest I could take?

The longest you would be allowed to complete your course would be three years from the date you start the course.

How will you help me study?

An Aspire Diploma contains a number of ungraded study skills units, for example:

  • English for Academic Study
  • Producing a Written Assignment
  • Research and Referencing

These units have been designed so that you can improve and refine your study skills to help you maximise your potential on the course. It also means that you are developing a skills set to assist you in your progression from the Diploma, whether in higher education, employment or training. You’ll be able to prove that you have these essential skills to employers.

What help is available on the course?

Once you enrol, you will have access to your course units and will be provided with a student handbook. In addition, an expert assessor will provide feedback on all of your assessments.


Courses are fully booked for 2020

Due to a high level of people wanting to study from home, our courses are now fully booked for 2020.


The whole purpose of an Aspire Online Course is to help people in your situation to be successful.

Many people are nervous when they start a course, particularly if they haven't been in a classroom for some time. At Aspire, we are aware of this and have taken it into account when designing all of our; you won't be thrown in at the deep end or tested on things that you forgot years ago. Our online courses are designed to be easy to understand and you’ll be supported in your learning.

Subjects Covered

Business Studies Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Introduction to Business Organisations

Business objectives and how organisations may achieve them. Types of business organisation, e.g. sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, franchises.


2. Quality and Customer Care

Quality assurance and Total Quality Management (TQM) – principles and application. Principles and application of customer care within an organisation.


3. Marketing – Research and Strategies

Role of marketing within business. Marketing strategy and market research.


4. Teamwork and Leadership

The features of an effective team, team theory. Attributes and skills of leadership.


5. Ethics in Business

Ethical issues relating to business. Ethical decision making within a business setting.


6. Crisis Management in Business

Impact of crisis in business. Factors that determine susceptibility to crisis. Models of crisis management.


7. Business and the Economy

Causes of economic growth, inflation and unemployment. Effects on business of changes in the economy


8. Business Planning

The process of identifying a market for a product or service. Financial and human resource planning. Constructing a business plan.


9. Motivational Management and Leadership

Differences between leadership and management and the role of each in an organisation. Leadership styles. Theories of motivation.


Sociology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Equality and Diversity

Key equality and diversity policies and legislation, the issues inherent in equality and diversity.


Study Skills Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. English for Academic Study

Critical reading and evaluation, different forms of writing and reflection on how to improve your writing skills.


2. Research and Referencing

Different research methods and forms of referencing. Copyright and issues of plagiarism.


3. Producing a Written Assignment

Gathering and evaluating information, planning and producing a written assignment.


4. Preparing for a Controlled Assessment

The purpose and value of controlled assessments, revision strategies. Preparing for, and reviewing performance in, a controlled assessment.


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