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Course Code: NFVBS059

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Offering a comprehensive exploration of the dynamic world of business and management. Our Business course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and practical skills, students delve into various aspects such as marketing, finance, human resources, and entrepreneurship.

Through real-world case studies and projects, learners gain a solid understanding of business operations and strategic decision-making. With a focus on practical application and critical thinking, graduates are well-prepared for diverse career paths within the business sector or further studies in related disciplines.

Equivalent to three A Levels, the course is about the practical development of business knowledge and skills, where you will study 7 Mandatory Units and 5 Specialist Units.

The 7 mandatory units in the Extended Diploma give learners an introduction to and an understanding of business and include: Exploring Business, Developing a Marketing Campaign, Personal and Business Finance, Managing an Event, Principles of Management, Business Decision Making and International Business.

Specialist units cover a range of business topics such as team building, creative product promotion, pitching for a new business, recruitment and work experience.

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Extended Certificate with overall Merit in a relevant subject plus Maths &/or English at grade 4 or above.

You are continuously assessed throughout the course. 42% external assessment (where one unit is assessed by a written exam and three units assessed by a task set by the awarding body and completed under supervised conditions). 58% internally assessed coursework. 13 units in total. You are continuously assessed throughout the course.

For each unit national standards are laid down, which you have to meet. Your tutors ensure that you are given opportunities to do this through projects, running events, assignments, case studies and problem-solving situations.

You are required to sit one external exam and complete three supervised assignments that are externally assessed by the exam board. As such it is vital that no holidays are taken throughout term time in May/June.

You will attend college full-time for two years. Learning is through many different methods, including discussion, research and presentation, together with practical skill development where possible. You learn, and are assessed through many different methods. Your timetable will include independent study time to enable you to consolidate the work carried out in lectures.

If you wish to find out more please contact Jeanette Connor, Curriculum Leader in Business by emailing:

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Management gives you the business skills and knowledge to pursue a career in one of many areas such as Accountancy, Financial Services, Sales and Marketing, Personnel, Retailing, Public Administration, Law and Event Management. It also qualifies you to progress to higher education at Higher National Diploma/Certificate or Degree Level. (You will also achieve UCAS points).

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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