Access to HE Diploma (Logistics with Business Management)

The aim of this Access to HE qualification is primarily to prepare students for progression to university by offering them the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

This is ideal if you have missed out on the opportunity to study previously, but now wish to improve your future prospects and plan to undertake a degree. If you are looking to develop the skills necessary for entry to university, learn new skills to boost your career prospects, or change your career direction to an entirely new area, then this could be for you.

This full-time course is designed to cater for students who have maturity and life experience beyond formal education. It is the equivalent of two to three A levels (level 3), the normal minimum requirement for entry on to a degree course. Completed in one academic year, this is an intensive programme, but you will be assisted throughout with study skills and applying for university, until you feel confident and ready for the next level.

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 has start dates in October and January. Taking one year to complete you will attend college for 15 hours a week.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

The Access to HE Diploma (Logistics with Business Management) is taught by industry professionals and covers 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

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

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 4 or above (equivalent to grade C or above) including English (equivalent to grade C or above).

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. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for an 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 £25,000 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the course fees for an Access to HE course, and then successfully complete a degree, then you don't have to repay the outstanding loan for the Access to HE course.

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.

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