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Overview

This Business BTEC National Diploma Level 3 qualification is a highly specialist course designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for higher education or employment in business. This is a practical course that covers a wide range of business related areas. ‘…standards of work are strong.’ Ofsted, 2018

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Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business is an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and aim to progress to higher education and ultimately employment in the business sector.

The qualification is equivalent to two A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprenticeships in the business sector. You will study and examine major businesses such as McDonalds, Amazon, Coco-Cola, Apple, Tesco and other businesses you will be familiar with.

The qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector and will prepare them for further study or training.

What areas will I study?

You will need to complete 8 units, consisting of 6 mandatory units and 2 optional units. Three of the mandatory units are assessed externally. You must complete and achieve at Near Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units. You must complete all three mandatory internal units and achieve a Pass or above in at least two units.

Mandatory units:

  • Exploring business In this unit, you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses

  • Developing a marketing campaign (externally assessed) Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. You will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. You will explore different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign and develop your own campaign for a given product/service.

  • Personal and business finance (externally assessed) This unit will provide a foundation for a number of other finance and business units and will help you to analyse profitability, liquidity and business efficiency. It will give you the knowledge and understanding to manage your personal finances and will give you a background to business finance and accounting as you progress to employment or further training

  • Managing an event This unit will develop your teamwork, communication, time-management, negotiation and problemsolving skills. It will help you develop the essential transferable skills that employers look for. The unit will provide a useful opportunity to consider whether to pursue a career in events management or to continue on to further study in this area.

  • International business This unit will give you a greater understanding of the global business environment, which will help your career choices. The unit also gives you the skills and a firm basis to undertake advanced or specialist studies in international business at higher education level.

  • Principles of management (externally assessed) This unit will help you to progress to employment, by considering a career working in supervision and management, and/or to vocational training. Additionally you might move on to related higher education having developed a knowledge and understanding of management.

Optional units:

  • Finance related units
  • Law related units
  • Marketing related units
  • Human resources related units

In addition to the external assessments, students are assessed using a range of different assessment methods that aim to meet the differing needs of students. These may be through written reports, presentations, tasks that require team working.

We liaise with industry experts to ensure that our assessements meet industry requirements. This qualification carries UCAS points and you can progress onto a higher education course at the college such as a business related HND, or a business related university degree. You can also progress onto an Apprenticeship or seek employment in the sector.

Student Comments

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Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £3500.00 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £3500.00 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £3500.00 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £3500.00 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.

Student satisfaction

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