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Business and IT Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma Victoria House 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

A practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It is equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels. The Extended Diploma provides both a broad foundation of business education and firm basis for specialising in a selected avenue of business activity. In your first year you will study the 90-Credit Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

This course is ideal if you have an interest in business and leadership, if you enjoy working with people, or if you would like to develop an activity or passion you already have by setting up a business. This course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in organisations and give you the skills and insight to pursue a career that makes a difference to yourself and others.

The units are all internally assessed by coursework and checked by Pearson. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units.. The individual units are graded with pass, merit or distinction and these when added together at the end of the two years relate to the overall grade of: Pass, Pass, Pass (PPP) (120 UCAS points) Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) (160 UCAS points) Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) (200 UCAS points) Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) (240 UCAS points Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM) 280 UCAS points) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) (360 UCAS points).

What topics will I study?

The course is made up of 18 units - 4 core and 14 specialist units.

Core Units:

  • The Business Environment
  • The Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication


What experiences will I get?

The course is vocational in nature with a combination of business visits, guest speakers and role play to prepare students for the next step in a business related career or university.

What are the entry requirements?

English and Maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and Maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent BTEC Level 2 course.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in Victoria House. Students have the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities.

What can the course lead on to?

Many students choose to progress on to the HNC/D Business at Exeter College or university. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to career opportunities and apprenticeships in business specialisms such as finance, human resources, management or marketing. 

Are there any additional costs?

Text books costing approximately £45.00. There may be the opportunity for day trips or a residential which will be costed separately.

What do our students think?

I enrolled on this course as I had a real interest in business and I wanted to continue to specifically study it.  I intend to go on to university and study Business Management. I would tell future students that the course has been fun and you get to learn all elements of the course. You also do a lot of practical things and you can add value to your qualification by joining business related activities." Sharena

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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