Designed specifically for International students, the International Access to University programme is an academic preparation programme for undergraduate entry in Business subjects. Studying the Access to Higher Education enables you to develop specific study skills and independent research techniques.  The specialist options will allow you to focus on areas you may wish to develop to degree level.

The main purpose of this programme is to enable you to gain direct progression to the first year of an undergraduate programme at a UK university. Graduates from The Bournemouth and Poole College have been successful in gaining entry to many leading UK universities.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive an externally recognised qualification: Access to HE Diploma, awarded by Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA).

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress directly to the first year of an undergraduate programme at a UK university.

To progress onto a university degree programme students are required to achieve 60 credits at Level 3, with 45 graded and 15 ungraded.

As a guide, most competitive universities will require between 15 and 30 credits at Distinction and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for entry to their degrees.

Undergraduate degree choices are varied, with previous students progressing to

  • Business and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Analytics
  • Statistics
  • Fashion Business
  • Sports Business
  • International Banking

Our Access to Higher Education Programmes are accepted by most universities in the UK, including Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, CASS, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Lancaster, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Southampton, UCL, Westminster and York.

In 2017/18, 93% of those completing the Access Diploma in Business, progressed to university.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

Entry requirements

The course is designed for students of 17 years plus who have completed high school matriculation in their own country.

The general entry requirements for our International Access to Higher Education Programmes are as follows:

  • To have completed 11 years of high school with good school-leaving qualifications, including relevant subjects (please ask for the specific entry requirements for your country)

  • English language at Academic IELTS 5.0 overall, with a minimum 5.0 in writing, or equivalent.

What about work experience? 

There is no work experience on this course

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
LJC3FZ001H 12/09/2022 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.


International fees will apply. Please contact International Operations for more information: 01202 205161 or


Course content

Course Content 

The Bournemouth and Poole College delivers this highly-regarded programme in 6 months. This will include subject-specific content combined with core subjects and other modules:

Core subjects and other modules: Preparation for IELTS; English and Study Skills; Maths; University Placement Advice; Integrated Assignment

Specialist subjects: Business; Accounting and Finance; Marketing and Economics

The programme is externally validated. In order to obtain the full diploma, you have to complete all of your assignments successfully. You will enjoy the following during your study:

  • A minimum of 32 study hours per week

  • Personal tutorials throughout the programme

  • Experienced lecturers and course tutors

  • Access to a wide range of college facilities

  • Guidance on HE progression

Each module is assessed by examination, written coursework or presentation, or by a combination of these.

More info

Start Day/Time 

October 5th 2020 Approximately 32 hours a week


24 Weeks




Level 3

Qualification Name 

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Awarding Body 

CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency)

Curriculum Area 

International and EFL

More about the course 

These pathways take place online. Blended learning (online + on campus) may be available for students wishing to come to the UK from January.

International Operations: 01202 205161



The College's extensive facilities include excellent resource centres offering access to the Internet, CDs, videos, audiovisual packages and CD Rom, as well as a stock of over 75,000 books and periodicals. Study areas/quiet rooms are available and there is also an area dedicated to careers reference material. 


24 Weeks




Level 3

Qualification Name 

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Awarding Body 

CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency)