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Business & Management CAVA Access to Higher Education Diploma

Cornwall College | Duchy College Camborne LEVEL: 3 Business School

Our highly successful Business and Management Access Diploma is designed as a stepping stone to enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to a range of Business and Law related Higher Education degree programmes.

Validated by CAVA, the Access to Business pathway is a recognised qualification for progression by universities. We have a 100% progression to higher education success rate over the past 7 years.

The course is challenging and you will in effect be studying the equivalent of 3 A levels in 9 months as opposed to 2 years, therefore full attendance and absolute commitment is required to allow you to fully maximise your learning opportunities.   If you’re a proactive individual who is determined to realise their potential as a professional in the business sector, then this pathway is for you.

For more information on the awarding body (CAVA) click here.

Please Note:  This course is only available to applicants who are 19+


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Ideal if:

This course is ideal for those who want to re-train or re-direct their lives into Business and Management or who want to take a degree in Business or law related subjects. There is a very high level of academic and personal support throughout the course, which can help if you need to combine study with part-time employment and family commitments.

The Access to Business course is also ideal for entry to a wide range of careers including -

  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Retail
  • Management
  • Events Management

You’ll need:

Although there aren't any specific entry requirements, applicants will be invited to attend an Access Workshop where full course information is given and you will be expected to complete the initial assessment and a written exercise.

You’ll learn:

You will study core modules such as: Production Management, People in Organisations,  Business Management, Economics, Human Resource Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Law. You will also need to study modules such as: research skills, exam techniques and ICT.


You will attend college three days per week at Camborne and two days per week at Saltash over 35 weeks and you are expected to study at least 10-15 hours at home or on campus. Assessment will take the form of coursework (essays and/or reports), presentations or in class assessments depending on the unit you are studying. This is to ensure you learn how to perform well in each of these assessment methods ahead of progressing to university. We will teach you how to structure essays, prepare for exams and overcome presentation nerves. There are no exams or tests on this diploma.

You’ll love:

Studying just 2 days a week over 9 months.

You'll also love the support you'll get with your academic studies; you will be able to receive support from a range of people and facilities. This includes support from the Learning Resource Centre as well as support for tutors to help facilitate your learning. You'll also have help with UCAS applications.


You’ll go on to:

You can progress on to various university degrees or other Higher Education programmes. Some students decide to go straight into employment. Previous students have gone onto study: Law, Marketing, Accountancy, Human Resources, Business Studies, Financial Management etc.

My lecturers were all very supportive during my time at Cornwall College Saltash, both emotionally and academically. I don't think I would be heading to university now if not for their help! The college has a really positive atmosphere." Melodie Benson - Former Access student


Business & Management Access to Higher Education Diploma

Start Date

September 2020




1 year - 3 days per week


09:30 till 15:30


wed | thu | fri


Izzy Eldridge Access to Business

Izzy Eldridge wanted a career change, so decided to join the fast-track Access course at Cornwall College. The one-year course is bespoke, so you study relevant subjects to give you the best chance of securing a university place.
Izzy is now looking forward to starting a foundation degree in Event Management at Eden Project Learning.
Isobel Eldridge Access to Business

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