Access to HE Digital Technologies in Business Management

Course Content

The course consist of a series of specific digital technologies and business management modules which will be selected from the following topics

- Business Communication and Information Management

- Business Organisation and Structure

- Business Planning and Raising Capital

- Data Analysis and Database Implementation

- Human Resources

- Management and Leadership

- Motivation in the working environment

- Marketing

- Website Design and Creation

- Emerging and Future Technologies in Business Management

Extended Project (EPQ) - 6 credits Study Skills ungraded - Finding and Reading information, Preparation for Higher Education, Using IT, Writing and Delivering Seminar papers, Report writing - 15 credits

In addition there are a range of study skills units which will form part of the Maths and English content on the course and also provide you with the learning skills which are important in preparing for higher level study. These include academic writing and research skills

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

For your application to be considered you must be 18 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date

You should have a grade C or above at GCSE English and Maths gained within the last five years. If you do not have this you may still apply and provide evidence of any other qualifications you have done. All applicants will also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English. You should be able to write fluently and understand business materials including financial information.

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you. Access courses are designed for learners aged 19 and above. Learners must be aged 19 or over by 31st August 2022. We may consider applications from applicants aged 18, according to individual circumstances. In this case, you would be required to undertake a full time study programme in the same way as in a school or college setting. A study programme includes the core access qualification plus relevant work experience, tutorial sessions and enrichment activities. Younger applicants must also have achieved GCSE grade C (or grade 4) in both English and Maths.

First Class Requirements

Pen, Paper, Ring binder folder, Calculator, Memory stick, all of which can be purchased from a stationery store.

Attendance Requirements

Learners are expected to attend all sessions. Every 6 weeks all students will be given a formal progress review at which your continuation, progress and attendance will be reviewed

Assessment Methods

You will be continually assessed and the main assessment method is coursework, there will also be some assessment through reviewing case studies, preparing reports and projects.

The access course is a very intensive course and the demand on learners to meet assessment targets is extremely high. There are around 20 assignments to be included in your final portfolio of evidence. As a consequence, you will be expected to meet our requirements for regular attendance and meet assessment deadlines. Failure to do so could end in your withdrawal after six weeks.

Further Study Options

Completing this course allows you to apply for university degree courses. One big advantage of this course is that you can complete it in a much shorter time to A-levels.

Higher education/degree level study in Business Management and Digital Technology, Business Management, Digital Business, Digital and Technology Solutions, Digital Marketing, Digital Technology and a wide range of combined and related degrees or a number of other course options.

Learners who have completed similar access qualification courses at RHACC have succeeded in gaining a place at university to study subjects such as Marketing, Enterprise and Management. Some learners have secured places in very prestigious universities from completing this course including: Bournemouth, Westminster, University of Surrey, KCL ,University of Cardiff and others.

Additional Information

Additional learning support can be considered in certain cases, please discuss with the tutor at interview.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.