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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Studies

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

The BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are equivalent to three A-Levels. The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the operations and structures of businesses and also to equip students with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university. The course is assessed through one written examination and one synoptic assessment together with internally assessed assignments and industry placement in both year 1 and again in year 2. This course is delivered through theory lessons, group seminars and external professional development (industry placement). You will also have individual tutorials with your Course Manager on a regular basis in order to monitor and track your progress. Guest speakers, trips and visits are used to enhance the learning environment where possible.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths.

Course information

Students will cover a range of topics that include: Exploring Business, Personal and Business Finance, Marketing Campaign, Managing an Event, The English Legal System, Principles of Management, International Business, Recruitment and Selection, Work Experience in Business, Business Decision Making, Merchandising, Digital Marketing, Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility.

2 Years – There are options for learners to study a one-year certificate, extended certificate or foundation diploma qualification.

The course will be delivered through direct teaching from industry specialist teachers, workshops and talks from specialist external organisations.

60% of your assessment will be through internally assessed practical project work, coursework, written assignments, time-constrained assignments and through giving presentations. 40% of your course credit will be through external assessment.

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Business Studies (year 1), Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Studies.

Industry Placement is a fantastic opportunity for you to get hands-on experience and is also a compulsory and invaluable part of your course. We have a fantastic Industry Placement Team who will support you along your placement journey. Level 3, Year 1 and year 2 students will complete one day a week placement alongside two one week block placements.

Students that successfully complete their programme of study could progress onto a Business related degree or Higher National Diploma or HE apprenticeship. Previous Level three students have gone directly into employment in areas of growth in finance, administration and management and also onto higher education to study business, law, marketing, economics and combinations of these for joint degrees. What careers can this course lead onto? Business Administration, Customer Services, Finance, Human Resources (HR), Marketing.


All students are required to supply their own stationery and in order to make the induction of your course as smooth as possible, it is essential that you are prepared before you start. The items you will need for your first day are: A full pencil case, A notebook, An A4 lever arch file, dividers and plastic poly pockets, Highlighter pens, Laptop or tablet (only if available to you), Graph paper and a calculator.