Practical Vs Theory
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is a two-year programme consisting of thirteen units, seven of which are mandatory and four externally assessed units, the rest are optional units which allows you to progress onto a Degree course, or to provide you with skills to find employment or a higher apprenticeship.
This course is best suited to those looking to develop business and entrepreneurial skills. Students choosing to study this course are taught by experienced lecturers, often specialists in their field, and you will gain knowledge of a broad range of IT-related products.
This qualification is equivalent in value for UCAS of 3 ‘A Levels’.
What Does The Programme Include
We use a variety of techniques to support all learning styles such as:
- written reports
- creation of financial documents
- posters, displays, leaflets
- recordings of interviews/role plays
- working logbooks, reflective journals
- presentations with assessor questioning
You will also undertake one weeks’ worth of week experience each year which is related to your course units which will allow you get a real hands-on experience of industry issues. Year 1 is a retail based experience and in year 2 we ask you to find an experience you think you want to try for your future, whether it be Marketing, Accountancy, Event Management, HRM, Business development, Operations management, or any area of business that interests you.
Year 1 is a retail based experience and in Year 2 we ask you to find an experience you think you want to try for in the future, whether it be Marketing, Accountancy, Event Management, HRM, Business development, Operations management or any area of business that interests you.
5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths.
Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English and Maths.
We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.
One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):
- Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — subject to course availability
- Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard — subject to course availability
- One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.
Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any further questions.
How The Course Will Be Assessed
You are assessed via assignments which are set in each unit throughout the College year.
Assignments vary between group and individual work, with many different assessment methods employed in order to reflect the real world of work and all classwork and assignment work is available on Google classroom to ensure you have access to your work on a 24⁄7 basis.
All units studied are supplemented with enrichment activities such as guest speakers, trips and cross curricula activities.
There is one examination and three externally assessed set tasks. The remaining assessments consist of internally set and marked assignments.
Trips, visits and guest speakers are an essential part of your course and they develop your knowledge of different career opportunities and allow you to add to the skills you are learning at College.
You will visit The Bank of England and Houses of Parliament to gain insightful knowledge of how the UK economy works and to understand the impact that Government has on business and their activities. You will also visit several industry based businesses relevant to the course. You will work with and visit Bishop Grosseteste University to discover their new and innovative Enterprise degree.
You will participate in Enterprise challenges and create your own small business, we also actively encourage you to take part in industry lead competitions such as Start-up Stamford, Institute of Financial Studies, The Times Young Economist of the Year, plus other competitions as they arise. You will meet successful business people from different business sectors and backgrounds to inspire you and get top tips for future employment.
Potential Future Career
On successful completion of the course you can progress to employment, an apprenticeship, or further study as the qualification carries UCAS points and meets the admission requirements of many relevant courses such as the HND in Business at University Centre Peterborough or other Business degrees at university. You could also enter employment in junior business roles in Marketing, Administration, Finance, Events Management or Human Resources.
The course includes:
- Exploring business
- Developing a marketing campaign
- Personal and business finance
- Managing an event
- Visual merchandising
- Recruitment and selection
- International business
- Principles of management
- Business decision making
- Final accounts for public limited companies
- Digital marketing
- Pitching for a new business
- Investigating corporate social responsibility
Work experience placements linking to laws and legislation has allowed me to successfully secure an unconditional offer to study Business and Law at University.