BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


Why should I study this course?

Prepare for a career in the world of business, gain practical insight into how products and services work and discover why business is so important for the economy. This is a vocational course which will help prepare you for working in business.

Most importantly, the course will help develop the skills which employers value and expect from prospective workers of the future. It is an ideal stepping stone to either a job in business or perhaps further study in a business related field at university such as marketing, finance or personnel.

Find out more about our Business courses from teacher Mark Brown. In this short video he'll explain which is the right course for you to choose, and tell you more about some of the interesting things you'll explore - such as why do large companies spend so much on Christmas adverts, and is the high street disappearing and being replaced by online shopping.

What will I study?

Year One Units

You will study a total of seven units over the first year of the course. These cover areas such as:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Managing an Event
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Team Building in Business


Year Two Units

The second year of the course follows the pattern of the first. Again you will study a total of six units including:

  • International Business
  • Business Decision Making
  • Principles of Management.
  • Training and Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Creative Promotion

You will be offered the opportunity of a two-week work placement to help you decide if the right business-related job is out there. You will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of independent study a week. This work is outside of the classroom and will enable you to complete your coursework tasks and achieve your target grade.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed mostly through coursework. All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. There are also two examinations to take in each year.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will give you an excellent understanding of how businesses of all sorts work. It will help prepare you for being successful in finding a job in one of the many sectors of the business world, working in a retail environment, in the public sector or in the world of finance.

You may, of course, use the course as a means of securing a Higher Education place on one of the very many business related degree courses available at university.

Private study

You will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of private study a week. This work is outside of the classroom and will enable you to complete your coursework tasks and achieve your target grade.

What materials will I need to provide?

The college will provide you with basic textbooks and teaching materials. You will need to purchase paper, pens and other writing materials. We would advise you to obtain a USB stick to help you with the completion of coursework outside of lessons.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who share your interest in business. You will experience a wide variety of learning activities during the course including the chance to take part in several visits to local or regional businesses as well as the opportunity to hear from speakers who work in the business world.

Each year, for example, we visit an Amazon Distribution Centre to see how one of the world’s most successful companies does it!

You will have the opportunity of a two week work placement to help you decide if the right business related job is out there.

This course is for you if...

You would like to study a subject that uses a variety of learning activities, including visits to local or regional businesses, work placements and the opportunity to hear from experienced speakers who are industry experts.

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

4 or more GCSE grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) or equivalent in 3 or more subjects, including minimum grade 4 C) in English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2020 however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2021 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • A commitment and interest in finding out more about the business world.
  • An ability to plan your work to meet deadlines.
  • A willingness to find information and expand knowledge through research.
  • A basic ability to express work ideas in clear written and spoken English.