Business

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • 90-Credit Diploma qualification (one year)
  • Extended Diploma (two years).

Summary of course

The Level 3 Business courses cover a range of business subjects. The method of learning is a combination of tutor led sessions and directed student study. This mode of study will suit those individuals who enjoy coursework and project based work and can work well independently.

The 90-Credit Diploma is completed within one year, whereas the Extended Diploma is completed over two years. Both are Level 3 qualifications. Progression from the first year to the second year will be dependent on attaining grades above a pass in most units and an ability to study at the required level independently.

The 90 Credit Diploma is made up of nine units and will earn between 24 and 84 UCAS points depending on the grade achieved.

The Extended Diploma is made up of eighteen units and earns between 48 and 168 UCAS points depending on the overall grade achieved.

Students will have an input into deciding which additional nine units will be studied in the second year.

What will I study?

The units you will study in Year 1 are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Unit 1 The Business Environment
  • Unit 2 Business Resources
  • Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing
  • Unit 4 Communication in Business

Specialist Units:

  • Unit 5 Business Accounting
  • Unit 9 Exploring Creative Product Promotion
  • Unit 12 Internet Marketing in Business
  • Unit 13 Recruitment and Selection in Business
  • Unit 14 Aspects of Employment Law
  • Unit 15 Development Planning for a Career in Business
  • Unit 19 Developing Teams in Business
  • Unit 21 Aspects of Business and Contract Law

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

The following units have previously been studied in Year 2:

  • Unit 10 Market Research in Business
  • Unit 16 Human Resource Management in Business
  • Unit 18 Managing a Business Event
  • Unit 28 Business Project Management
  • Unit 29 Understanding Retailing
  • Unit 36 Starting a Small Business
  • Unit 37 Understanding Business Ethics
  • Unit 38 Business and the Economic Environment
  • Unit 39 International Business

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

A process of continuous assessment involving unit assignments (normally three or four per unit) alongside some external assessments set and marked by Pearson. There are strict deadlines for the completion of these throughout the academic year. Assignments will be assessed both internally and externally in a variety of ways to include: presentations; role play; simulations; observations; exams. There is a bias towards written essays, reports and magazine article style submissions.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in gaining entry to higher education or for those wishing to gain an industry recognised qualification before going into full time employment and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in business.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful achievement of this course you can enter employment as this qualification is recognised by employers in industry. Many students also apply for courses in Higher Education and certain universities are very keen to offer BTEC students a place on their degree courses with a Merit Grade or above.

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including English and maths

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must arrive at your appointment 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place and bring your letter with you.

Bring your record of achievement if you have one. Think about questions you have about the course and anything else that relates to college.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Students can purchase a course text book and a USB Memory Stick.

The following fees are payable at enrolment:

  • Trips £34 (approximately)

You may be able to receive financial support towards these fees. For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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