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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.

  • What will I study?

    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.

    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    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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
  • 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.

  • 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 this could be a vocational or technical qualification. 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.

    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.

    If you have chosen to study for a T Level qualification, this will involve college-based theory and practice lessons along with relevant work placement to enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for.

    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.

    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).

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Managing stakeholders and their differing relationships to an organisation

    • Laws and regulations that apply to their role including data protection, health & safety and compliance

    • The applicability of business principles such as managing change, business finances and project management.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Use multiple IT packages and systems relevant to the organisation

    • Build and maintain positive relationships within your own team and across the organisation

    • Demonstrate good communication skills, whether face-to-face, on the telephone, in writing or on digital platforms.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Act as a role model, contributing to team cohesion and productivity
    • Representing the positive aspects of team culture and respectfully challenging inappropriate prevailing cultures ; taking responsibility for your own work, accepting feedback in a positive way, using initiative and showing resilience

    • Demonstrate taking responsibility for team performance and quality of projects delivered.
  • General info

    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

  • 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. There may also be the option to take an HNC in Business, Finance & Marketing at Northampton College.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A* - C) including English Language and Maths for direct entry to the Extended Diploma programme or four GCSEs to include English Language and maths (one of which must be at grade 9-4 the other grade 9-3) plus two others at grade 9-4 for entry to the Subsidiary Diploma programme. You may also apply for the Level 3 if you have completed the BTEC Level 2 in Business at College, with 90% attendance and achieve GCSEs in English or Maths at grade 3 or above.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.