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Business Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Get an in-depth knowledge of how business works with a qualification that’s highly valued by employers - the Extended Diploma in Business.

In the Business Level 3 Extended Diploma you will learn about the structure of business organisations and the processes involved in planning, setting up and running a business venture, such as: management and human resources, finance, marketing, basic economics and ethics, and the importance of innovation and creativity in business.

Initially, in year one you will study for a Subsidiary Diploma. Successful students will be invited to study for the Extended Diploma, which they will complete in year two of the course.

This course is varied: you could for example develop an idea for a new product or service, draw up a business start-up and implementation plan, present it to investors, sell your product or service, develop a business event, lead a team of people or produce a case study on an ethical business issue.

The course gives you highly transferable skills and provides excellent preparation for progression to career opportunities in finance, human resources, marketing and management, or for entry to higher education.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

The Business Level 3 Extended Diploma has core/mandatory units and optional units. The core units you cover are:

  • the business environment
  • business resources
  • introduction to marketing
  • business communication

In addition to these, you take 12 optional units from a range which includes:

  • creative product promotion
  • business accounting
  • internet marketing
  • human resource management
  • developing teamwork
  • international business environment
  • starting a small business
  • health and safety
  • event management
  • supporting business projects
  • recruitment and selection

This course develops and enhances your professionalism in a business context. It develops personal skills alongside knowledge acquisition and its practical application.

You will learn about the legal forms of business ownership, financial accounting, business documentation, communication in businesses, the structure interpretation and use of financial documents, and how they are used in a business environment.

 

How I'll learn

You will learn via team activities, visits to local businesses, entrepreneur competitions at university, visits to SAID Business School, research tasks, presentations, volunteering opportunities, discussions, debates and work placements are all part of the way you learn.

You will benefit from workshop facilities in a computer suite with computers that enable you to complete your course assessments. There are also open access computer resources in the library.

The course will develop your employability through the day-to-day course activities, such as teamworking, group and individual activities. This will also assist in improving your English, maths and ICT skills. This will also help you to complete your coursework and prepare you for further independent study or employment. You will also learn how to become a more independent learner as the course will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills as well as teamworking and leadership skills.

Activities range from academic case study work to developing practical business skills and work experience. There is also a variety of business-related excursions and a residential trip during the course of your studies.

 

How I'll be assessed

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is a practical work and business-related course. All units are assessed through assignments; written and oral. There are no exams. You ‘learn by doing’, i.e. completing projects and assignments based on real businesses in the area.

 

Entry Requirements

You will need five or more GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths or an equivalent qualification in business at Level 2.

If invited for interview, you will initially take part in an introduction to the course and your interview will follow from there.

 

How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.