Business Level 3 Extended Diploma

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

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Study Mode

    Full-time

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

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.

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.

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.

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.

This course will:

  • develop your employability through the day-to-day course activities, such as teamworking, group and individual activities
  • assist in improving your English, maths and ICT skills
  • help you to complete coursework
  • prepare you for further independent study or employment
  • help you 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.

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.

You will need five or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths

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Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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