BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business Level 3

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 Business School

Want to start your own business? Make your ideas happen? Create exciting advertising campaigns? Learn how to manage a team of professionals? You can start developing your career in this sector by studying a Diploma in Business.

If you have ever wondered how a business operates in an ever-changing environment then the Diploma in Business is the course for you! It will provide you with an understanding of how marketing, human resources, accounts, operations, sales, project teams, management teams, directors and customer service interlink to achieve business aims and objectives.

The Diploma in Business will provide you with essential knowledge of how Cornwall and the UK environment impacts upon how a business plans and operates to ensure its success.

It will enable you to acquire vital skills and the critical awareness necessary for managing teams and creating value for a business, whilst preparing you for your career. The course can provide a pathway both directly into a career in Business as well as to Higher Education studies and higher apprenticeships in this and related subjects.

There is a range of diverse optional units including: Recruitment and Selection, which will develop your understanding of the complex legal process involved in recruiting new staff, as well as the cost and time implications; Events Management, where you will plan and carry out your own business event, taking control of every aspect including gaining the Finance required; Creative Product Promotion, which will further develop your understanding of marketing and, in particular, the creation of promotional materials.

Each optional unit studied will encourage you to discover how the different functions combine in order to ensure operational success.

The course aims to give you a varied learning experience and will be a combination of a student-centred approach to learning, involving research for assignments guest speakers, lectures, group work and discussions and, where possible, visits.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work experience and/ or an Industry Placement. For Further details click here.


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Ideal if:

This qualification is for you if you want to start a career in business. It is an ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment within a business, a higher apprenticeship or to higher education. The qualification carries UCAS points.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and/or mathematics.

You’ll learn:

There are a diverse range of units which introduce you to the variety of key aspects in business such as economics, marketing, finance, event management, HRM and criminal law in business. You will also develop your business communication skills which include report writing and presentation skills. The specialist units have been carefully selected to keep your options open for further study at higher education.

Year 1: Foundation Diploma in Business

Year 2: Extended Diploma in Business

Successful completion of year one will allow you to progress on to year two.


To be in college three to four days a week, complete work experience placements and employability workshops, gaining additional skills as you progress.

You’ll love:

Engaging with a range of local sector employers, where opportunities will be given for you to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.

You’ll go on to:

From the successful completion of this course you can progress into higher education at university such as degrees, CILEx and AAT or you could chose to undertake a higher apprenticeship at level 2 4. Alternatively you may wish to pursue opportunities in employment.


Isobel Eldridge Access to Business


BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business Level 3

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 Years

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