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Access to HE Diploma (Logistics with Business Management)

The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification with common requirements relating to the description of student achievement. The Diploma is a credit based, graded qualification, and requirements relate to both the award of credit and to the award of grades. Details of the credit framework and requirements relating to the award of credit are provided, with the general specifications for the qualification, in The Access to Higher Education Diploma and credit specification.

This course is for students who wish to study Logistics and Transport Management or business-related degree at university but who currently lack the necessary qualifications to apply.

A career in logistics could see you working in a passenger or freight transport environment, driving, or managing aircraft, shipping or road haulage operations. Alternatively, you could be working with online systems to manage orders, warehousing and the fulfilment of goods for large retail organisations.

This course is also the ideal first step to a career in Logistics and Transport Management, Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and public sector organisations. This course is offered through our Northern Logistics Academy. The Northern Logistics Academy is a logistics and transport training specialist delivering sector specific training and qualifications. St Helens College and Knowsley Community College collaboratively launched the Northern Logistics Academy to plug skills gaps and to encourage uptake of careers within the logistics sector. It has received backing and support from key industry bodies and employers across the Northwest region.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will commence in September. Taking one year to complete you will attend the college for 15 hours a week.

What will I study?

Based at the Northern Logistics Academy you will be taught by industry professionals and you will explore the key concepts and elements of Logistics Management. The following areas will be covered:

  • Applied Business Marketing
  • Quantitative Techniques - Statistics
  • Spreadsheets
  • Understanding Human Resource Management
  • Business Planning and Budgets
  • Procurement
  • Effective Business Processes
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transporting Goods
  • Principles of warehousing

There are also general units that will need to be completed including:

  • Communication - Speaking and Listening
  • Academic writing Skills
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Report writing

How is it assessed?

You will complete a number of assignments and produce a portfolio of evidence.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

To undertake this qualification, you do not need to have been in education recently.

You will need to have already achieved a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English.

If you wish to progress on to a degree in teaching, then you will also need a GCSE in maths, which you can study alongside the Access to HE course if you don't already have it. Students with alternative qualifications may be considered and all applicants will be required to undertake a simple diagnostic exercise, as well as an interview, before being offered a place.

However, if you don't have these GCSEs, don't let this be a barrier to realising your aspirations. We have a range of options available to help you gain these qualifications and provide the stepping stones needed to get to university.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding to cover course fees. If you are aged 19 - 23 and this is your first full level 3 qualification, 100% of your course fees will be covered. More information can be provided upon application.

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

If you successfully complete your Access to HE course and progress onto a degree course, your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will be written off and you do not need to repay the loan.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion, this qualification will prepare you to undertake a degree in a variety business fields including Logistics and Transport Management, Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and public sector organisations.

You could also progress directly onto the HND Business at University Centre St Helens.

Depending on your chosen progression route, some universities may expect you to have gained experience working in a relevant setting. You are strongly advised to check the entry requirements for your preferred universities. If you wish to move into teaching, you are required to have paid or voluntary experience of working in schools or a related area.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Paul Mushrow