Course Title BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business
Level: 3
Code Y805

Overview of the Course

This work related qualification is the equivalent to three A Levels and will provide a progression pathway onto higher education, apprenticeships, advanced apprenticeships or employment across a wide range of industries. The course provides the opportunity to study all the different aspects of business, as well as improve your employability skills. You will develop good organisational and time management skills to meet regular coursework deadlines, communication skills to work in teams, and independent research and study skills that will be essential for higher education or the workplace.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Administative Office Clerk
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Marketing Professional
  • Business Owner
  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSE grades A*-C (9-4 ), including maths and English or DD in BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business with maths and English at grades A*-C (9-4).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a full-time, two-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course consists of a range of mandatory, specialist and optional units studied over two years. You will be assessed by assignments set and marked by your tutors and tasks and written exams set and marked by Edexcel. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D) and your overall qualification will have three grades from PPP to D*D*D*.

Mandatory units include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign (task)
  • Personal and Business Finance (exam)
  • Managing an Event, International Business
  • Principles of Management (task)
  • Business Decision Making (task)

There will be an additional six units.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a business career you will need to have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team. You will need to be good at problem solving; using creative thinking and decision-making skills. You will be required to use Microsoft software and business calculations to record, report, and plan for the future. You will also need to understand instructions, and organise your time to meet deadlines. These things will be daily features of working in the business sector, and this course will help you to develop these skills.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Business and Finance students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • Estate Agents
  • Banks
  • Local Authorities
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Law Firms
  • Accounting Firms
  • Retail Sectors
  • Charities

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Business Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be an additional cost for coursework study visits.


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