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Business Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
1 & 2 years
Level 3

The Business Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma offers progression routes to higher education, providing an excellent introduction to the business sector and giving you an edge when progressing to higher education and employment or higher apprenticeships.

Studying the Extended Diploma will be your first step towards a new career, with employability at heart, and will provide you with the right blend of technical and academic skills in order to become the highly skilled, work-ready individual that employers and universities look for. The Extended Diploma Level 3 is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the operations and structures of businesses.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.

What will I study?

On this programme you will study towards a Foundation or Extended Diploma in Business. The course is equivalent to 3 AS Levels over one year for the Level 3 Foundation Diploma. After successful completion of this year it is possible to continue onto a second year to gain the Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This course would be suitable for anyone interested in studying business at university or a higher level, or taking on a leadership or management role in any industry.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Decision Making

During the second year of the programme there is the opportunity to follow a pathway of studies in one of the following areas:

  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Business Law

Method of delivery

Your studies will be across three full days per week. These will be mainly classroom based but you will also experience some experiential learning. Your studies will comprise a combination of 30 % online learning and 70% face-to-face onsite, with 90% classroom based and 10% undertaking simulated experiential learning or practical activities. Our methods of delivery will include to large groups of students online, accompanied by workshops, tutorials, some independent studies, problem solving and work-based learning.

How will I be assessed?

There will be a combination of assessment styles for you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of work-related contexts. This gives you the opportunity to showcase your skills and apply your knowledge in an appropriate, work-related context, and provides evidence of what you can do when you apply to enter higher education or employment. Assessment takes the form of assignment (internally set, assessed and moderated and verified by the Awarding Organisation) and written exams (set and marked by the Awarding Organisation). Both internally and externally assessed units are individually graded, and each final unit grade is allocated points. Total points scored across all units are used to calculate the final qualification grade.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeships or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Progression from this course would include to the Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Business; BA Honours Degree in Business with Management, or higher apprenticeship at York College or other universities. Alternatively, progression to employment to a wide range of business roles in areas such as retail, administration, legal and finance are possible for students completing the course, as well as leadership and management roles in a variety of public and private sector organisations.

Business student, James

“I chose the course as it enabled me to follow the subject I enjoyed most and the one I knew I wanted to continue to study at university. I liked the fact it had a more practical element with assignments and only two exams."

Business Extended Diploma Level 3
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