Business BTEC National Foundation Diploma level 3

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Course Overview

Are you interested in a career within the Business Industry, if so, then the Foundation Diploma is the course for you.

This is a one-year study programme (six units which are equivalent to one and a half A levels) which incorporates the intricacies of Exploring Business and all that it entails: Personal and Business finance, Develop a marketing campaign and then on to Visual Merchandising and managing an event.

The broad spectrum of subjects gives you the best opportunity to try a number of different elements which are utilised within the business sector giving you an insight into specific areas, one of which may be your future career.

It is ideal for those looking to enter the business sector at a higher level. Alternatively, move onto our extended diploma for a further year and achieve three A levels overall allowing greater opportunities within higher education or employment.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During the course, you will study six different units that will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to either enter the workplace or progress onto the Extended Diploma in Business. Some of the units you will study include: Exploring Business; Finance; Marketing; Event management; and customer service. Recent cohorts have taken part in live projects with local employers thus linking their academic study to the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a reference, 90% attendance in your last place of study or work, and five GCSEs at grade 4(C) or above including English and maths.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

There are a variety of assessment methods which include report writing, Exams PowerPoint presentations, discussions, live projects, and role-play assessment.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2573.00

Additional Costs

The course will involve induction activities and a number of course-related external visits for which a fee is incurred.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

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What Happens Next

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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