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Get an in-depth knowledge of how business works with a qualification that’s highly valued by employers: a Business Extended Diploma.
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. An industry placement is incorporated into the framework of the course, which will give you the opportunity to apply knowledge learnt in the classroom to real-life working scenarios.
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.
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 and debates.
Completing an industry placement is also an integral part of the qualification. You will spend a minimum of 315 hours (45-50 days on average) with an external employer in a role directly relevant to your course.
By completing a placement:
- you gain practical, real-life experience of working in your desired profession and gain practical knowledge to help you graduate from the programme
- develop your employability skills, like teamwork and communication
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
This BTEC course is a practical work and business-related course.
You'll primarily ‘learn by doing’, in other words, completing projects and assignments based on real businesses in the area.
All units are assessed through written and oral assignments. There are two exams each year.
We'd like to thank all the employers who provide invaluable work placements for students on these courses
You will need five or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, 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
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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 include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.