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 Foundation 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 Foundation Diploma is made up of six units and will earn between 24 and 84 UCAS points depending on the grade achieved.

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

What will I study?

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

Core Units:

  • Unit 1 Exploring Business
  • Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance
  • Unit 4 Managing An Event

Optional Units:

  • Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Unit 14 Investigating Customer Services
  • Unit 22 Market Research
  • Unit 23 The English Legal System
  • Unit 27 Work Experience in Business

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

The following units in Year 2 are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Unit 5 International Business
  • Unit 6 Principles of Management
  • Unit 7 Business Decision Making

Optional Units:

  • Unit 9 Team Building in Business
  • Unit 10 Recording Financial Transactions
  • Unit 13 Management Accounting
  • Unit 16 Visual Merchandising
  • Unit 17 Digital Marketing
  • Unit 19 Pitching for a New Business

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.

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 (C) or above including English or Maths or a BTEC Level 2 in Business including English or Maths at Functional Skills Level 1 or Grade 3 (D) or above

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 if appropriate.

The following fees are payable at enrolment:

  • Trips £35 (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.

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Lauren Henley

Lauren Henley

Lauren who studied level 3 Business said, ‘I had no idea about the alternative to school and A Levels and found that the style of learning at college suited me...

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