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Access To Higher Education Diploma: Business Studies Level 3

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Course Code: FE0024-1C Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 36 weeks Entry requirements: GCSE English at grade 4 and GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above Assessment: A mixture of written assignments and project work. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Business and Enterprise Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: 45 Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

This course provides an opportunity to study various aspects of business-related topics, from law and marketing, to the economic environment and entrepreneurship.

The course will enable you to make a decision about the area of business you wish to study further, while developing academic skills such as essay writing and research. 

You will learn how to put together a professional presentation and ‘present’ to small groups of people, giving you the opportunity to explore your own style, practice and improve, all in a safe, constructive, supportive environment. Your tutors will help you identify those areas that need improvement and give you the tools you need to develop, so that you are fully equipped to deal with independent study at higher education levels. 

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths grade 3 (D) or above.

Assesment

You will be assessed based on a mixture of written assignments and practical project work. 

Course units

• Business and the economic environment

• Finance 

• Marketing 

• Law 

• Management 

• Business environment international 

• Human Resource Management and trade unions 

• Extended Independent academic study 

• A range of academic/study skill units

Course units

Why the MET?

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Why the MET?

Work experience

There is no formal experience but there will be outside speakers and visits relevant to the programme.

Many students will continue to work part time whilst on the course, and all experience of the workplace (whether paid or not) is useful to draw on during group discussions.

What's next?

On successful completion of this level 3 course you may wish to continue your studies at Brighton MET and follow one of the foundation degree courses, or continue to university either in Sussex or further afield.

The UCAS application process is undertaken with full tutor support in the first term of the access programme.

90% of students go on the further study or full time employment. Many students from previous years have also started their own businesses.


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    “I completed the Pre Access, Access, degree at Brighton University followed by an MA, and I'm now in employment.”

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Financial manager or director

Typical Tasks:

  • Participates in the formulation of strategic and long-term business plans, assesses the implications for the organisation financial mechanisms and oversees their implementation.
  • Plans external and internal audit programmes, arranges for the collection and analysis of accounting, budgetary and related information, and manages the company.
  • Determines staffing levels appropriate for accounting activities.
  • Assesses and advises on factors affecting business performance.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,526

AVERAGE £50,193

POTENTIAL £99,860

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies

Sales accounts or business development manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other senior staff to determine the range of goods or services to be sold, contributes to the development of sales strategies and setting of sales targets.
  • Discusses employer's or clients' requirements, carries out surveys and analyses customers reactions to product, packaging, price, etc.
  • Compiles and analyses sales figures, prepares proposals for marketing campaigns and promotional activities and undertakes market research.
  • Handles customer accounts.
  • Recruits and trains junior sales staff.
  • Produces reports and recommendations concerning marketing and sales strategies for senior management.
  • Keeps up to date with products and competitors.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,623

AVERAGE £44,285

POTENTIAL £84,318

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies

Marketing associate professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses business methods, products or services and targets customer group with employer or client in order to identify marketing requirements.
  • Establishes an appropriate quantitative and qualitative market research methodology and prepares proposals outlining programmes of work and details of costs.
  • Collates and interprets findings of market research and presents results to clients.
  • Discusses possible changes that need to be made in terms of design, price, packaging, promotion etc. in light of market research with appropriate departments.
  • Briefs advertising team on client requirements, monitors the progress of advertising campaigns and liaises with client on potential modifications.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,639

AVERAGE £25,916

POTENTIAL £46,430

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Business sales executive

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements and advises them on the capabilities and limitations of the goods or services being sold.
  • Quotes prices, credit details, delivery dates and payment arrangements and arranges for delivery and installation of goods if appropriate.
  • Makes follow up visits to ensure customer satisfaction and to obtain further orders.
  • Stays abreast of advances in product/field and suggests possible improvements to product or service.
  • Maintains records and accounts of sales made and handles customer complaints.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,893

AVERAGE £27,924

POTENTIAL £54,054

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies
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