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Level 3 Business

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is a two year, full-time course which is equivalent to three A Levels. The course is assessed via coursework assignments only. There are no examinations!

Our delivery of the course is specifically designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Other topics such as Business Ethics, International Business and Starting a Small Business are also covered over the two years. You will also develop a range of skills essential for the modern workplace and study at university.

All learning is based around real-life business examples. This means that you will fully participate in your own educational experience and will gain experience of completing and analysing a business’s financial accounts, planning and conducting market research, planning a marketing campaign, designing and creating a business website, planning and managing a business event, recommending solutions to human resource problems and starting a small business. You will also engage with a range of employers. Recently our students have visited the London offices of multinational business organisations such as Merkel International, Northern Trust, MUFG Bank of Japan, Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank. Through these visits students have taken the opportunity to sign-up for master classes in job applications and interviews, internships and work experience placements. As a key part of the course, you will be expected to engage in at least one work experience placement.

Throughout the course you will be supported by a dedicated tutor and will receive regular progress reviews, along with full and regular feedback from the course team. Feedback will be verbal, written and electronic, with each being specifically designed to support your development and progress. Your tutor will also provide additional support and guidance for university applications.

Having achieved the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business qualification, the majority of our students have progressed to study a range of business related degree courses, most commonly, BA (Hons) degrees in Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Business Management and, International Business. Progression to a related apprenticeship, higher apprenticeship or full-time employment opportunity is also possible.

This course can be combined with our LIBF Diploma in Banking and Finance course.

Course Content

The units we plan to deliver as part of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business course in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years are shown below. At the end of year 1, students will have achieved enough unit credits to achieve the BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Business which is the equivalent of 1.5 A Level grades. These credits are then combined with the units studied in year 2 to achieve the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business which is the equivalent of 3 A Level grades.

Year 1 (90 Credit Diploma in Business):

  • Unit 1: The Business Environment
  • Unit 2: Business Resources
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
  • Unit 4: Business Communication
  • Unit 5: Business Accounting
  • Unit 6: Financial Accounting
  • Unit 7: Management Accounting
  • Unit 8: Accounting Systems
  • Unit 37: Business Ethics

Year 2 (Extended Diploma in Business):

  • Unit 9: Creative Product Promotion
  • Unit 10: Market Research in Business
  • Unit 12: Internet Marketing
  • Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection in Business
  • Unit 14: Aspects of Employment Law
  • Unit 16: Human Resource Management in Business
  • Unit 36: Starting a Small Business
  • Unit 38: Business in the Economic Environment
  • Unit 39: International Business

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is 100% assessed via coursework assignments that include practical activities. There are no examinations!

  • The BTEC Level 3 Business study programme also allows students the opportunity to retake their GCSEs in English and Maths in order to achieve a minimum of a grade 4 (essential for progression to higher levels of study and the workplace).

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business are four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above. Level 2 BTEC grades are also considered within this calculation.

You cannot enrol on this course if you have previously studied a BTEC Level 3 Business course.



Our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business study programme will help you to develop the knowledge and skills you will need for more advanced study at university and for taking on an apprenticeship or full-time employment.

Having achieved the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, the majority of our students have progressed to study a range of business related courses at university. A number of our students have also progressed to apprenticeships and full-time employment.

With further study and training, students can progress to careers in:

  • Accountancy
  • Banking and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Operations Management