Business Level 3
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including either Maths or English, or a Level 2 equivalent in this area and GCSE Maths or English at grade 4/C or above.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

The UK has the sixth largest economy in the world, consisting of micro, small, medium and large businesses and organisations operating across the private, public and third sectors and employing 29.7 million people.The CBI’s Education and Skills Survey revealed self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working and problem-solving as key attributes that employers look for in potential employees. As the UK’s economy rebalances following the financial crash of 2008 and businesses adapt to the disruption and opportunities presented by emerging technologies, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs and employees with a sound understanding of finance, marketing, sales and management.

On your course, you will study a range of modules which may include topics such as the economic environment, introduction to marketing and social media, HR management, business law, web design and account management. You will complete case studies, projects, presentations and build a portfolio of work. It is an exciting course choice, on which you will be encouraged to think creatively. This programme will also provide you with strong employability skills which will set you up for your future career or university study. You will also be required to undertake a work experience placement.

What will I learn?

• The business environment
• Business resources
• Introduction to marketing
• Business communication
• Business accounting
• Creative product promotion
• Recruitment and selection
• Development planning for a career in business
• Human resource management
• Aspects of contract and business law
• Aspects of the legal system and law-making process
• Understanding health and safety at work
• Understanding retailing
• Web design strategy
• Starting a small business
• Understanding business ethics
• Business markets and the economy

How will the course be assessed?

Assessments will take the form of assignments including: presentations, reports, discussions and roleplays. The type and content of these assignments will vary depending on the particular units that are being assessed. They are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades.

On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The three grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. Progression onto HE requires a minimum MMM grade profile.



At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Progression and Careers

Upon completion of this course, progression routes include an Apprenticeship, HNC at College or university.


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