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Business BTEC National Foundation Diploma level 3 – C7086

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Course Overview

Our one-year study programme (equivalent to one and a half A levels) 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. After successfully completing year 1 you can progress to the extended diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels) for year 2 of your studies.

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.

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, 95% attendance in your last place of study or work and five GCSEs at grade 4/5(C) or above including English and maths. A minimum of grade 5 for maths would be an advantage.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold equivalent English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

There are a variety of assessment methods which include report writing, research, mock and final 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.

If you are 24 or over and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification (2 A levels or equivalent) there will be no course fees for this course. Simply apply by clicking apply now at the top of the page

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.

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Course and Career progression

This course will give you a broad base of knowledge in business-related topics and equates to one and a half A levels. On successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to progress to the Business Extended Diploma level 3.
Alternatively, you may decide to pursue an apprenticeship within the business sector.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, 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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