• Business Level 3

    Extended Diploma and Diploma in Business

    Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel

    Specific Entry Requirements

    For the Extended Diploma in Business and the BTEC Diploma in Business, students must have achieved:

    • 5 pass grades at GCSE Level (Grades 9-4) to include GCSE English Language or Literature and GCSE Mathematics.
    • In order for the BTEC L2 Grade in Travel and Tourism /PE to count towards one of the 5 pass grades, students must have achieved Grade P2 as this is the equivalent of a GCSE Grade 4.
    • Students who have studied the BTEC Level 2 in Business must have achieved at least Grade M or higher in order to meet the criteria for this pathway.

    Why study the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Business?

    As the world recovers following the global recession of 2008, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs and employees who have a sound understanding of finance, marketing, sales and management. In addition, studying this course helps to develop self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working and problem-solving, which are all key attributes that employers look for in potential employees. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business provides a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study on a relevant Higher Education (HE) course.

    Course Outline

    The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business is equivalent to two A-Levels and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.  The Diploma is made up of 8 units, which includes 6 core units and 2 additional units, which are studied over a 2-year period. The Extended Diploma consists of 11 units, 7 core units and 4 additional units. Achievement in each unit is assessed through either a written assignment, an external set task or an external examination.

    Core Units

    Unit 1: Exploring Business

    • In this unit students explore the key ingredients required for business success, such as organisational structure, communication and operation.

    Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign

    • In this unit students explore the role that marketing plays in business as well as the development of a marketing campaign.

    Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance

    • In this unit students explore personal banking and how small businesses run their finance function. This unit is assessed through an external examination.

    Unit 4: Managing an Event

    • In this unit students explore how different types of events are run and managed.

    Unit 5: International Business

    • In this unit students explore the impact of large international corporations on the business world.

    Unit 6: Principles of Management

    • In this unit students explore how the role of management and leadership in the workplace contributes towards business success.

    Unit 7: Business Decision Making (Extended Diploma Only)

    • In this unit students explore methods of interpreting data, and how to formulate decisions and solutions to given complex business problems.

    Additional Units

    Unit 19: Pitching for a new business

    • In this unit students explore the practical skills and knowledge that is needed to undertake the necessary preparation and steps to set up and pitch for funding for a micro-business.

    Unit 17: Digital Marketing

    • In this unit students will examine the different aspects of web-based marketing, and the channels that can be used to deliver a successful digital marketing campaign.

    Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection (Extended Diploma Only)

    • In this unit students will explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. The unit gives learners the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance

    Unit 14: Investigating Customer Service (Extended Diploma Only)

    • In this unit students will explore how excellent customer service contributes to business success. The unit gives learners the opportunity to develop their customer service skills.

    Unit 15: Investigating Retail Business (Extended Diploma Only)

    • In this unit students will explore the current structure of the retail sector and its supply chain through practical activities.

    Unit 23: The English Legal System (Extended Diploma Only)

    • In this unit students will examine how the English legal system operates to resolve criminal and civil cases, and why businesses and individuals may require legal advice and representation.