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Diploma/Extended Diploma, Level 3


This study programme is designed to provide an interesting introduction to the world of business. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in working life. You will develop the communication skills needed for working in the business sector.

Take your first steps towards a career in business with this full-time study programme taught by dedicated professionals.

Future Career and Earning Potentials: Business Adviser

£20K-£35K Business Analyst £30K-£70K Business Development Manager

£25K-£60K (Source: National Careers Service)

Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at Level 3

Four core units: completed in Year 1

• Exploring businesses

• Developing a marketing campaign

• Managing a business event

• Personal and business finance

Plus optional units in Customer Service, and Recruitment and Selection.

Units: completed in year 2

• International business

• Principles of management

• Business decision making

• Work Experience in Business

• Plus options two further optional units

On completion with the appropriate pass and English and maths grades, you can progress through the levels. A range of higher education courses such as Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees in Management and Business offered by the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group. Alternatively, there are opportunities for Apprenticeships in areas such as Accounting and Business Administration.

Career Opportunities

This study programme will provide opportunities for a wide range of business careers such as accounting technician, apprenticeships in marketing, human resources, event management, facilities officer, fundraiser, customer services officer or retail management.

Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma
4 GCSEs grade 9-4, including English and/or maths


Level 2 qualification with Merit grade, plus Level 2/grade 9-4 in English and/or maths

Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma
5 GCSEs grade 9-4, including English and maths


Level 2 qualification with Merit grade, plus Level 2/grade 9-4 in English and maths

Assessments will also be varied to ensure you have every opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge. You may be assessed through practical tasks, short-answer questions, research tasks, written assignments, producing visual displays such as leaflets, observations of role-play.

Level 3 students may also undertake research, case studies and investigations, presenting your findings in a variety of formats such as reports, brochures and presentations that you might find in working situations within the industry. At level 3 there are two examined units per year.

Where can it lead?