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Business (Advanced) - Level 3


This Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Business is the perfect choice for any driven and passionate students who want to further their knowledge of business studies to pursue a career in business or entrepreneurship.

Ideal progression for students either coming direct from school or after progressing from a Level 2 business course such as the Level 2 BTEC First Extended Certificate in Business or GCSE Business. 

It offers a fascinating insight into how the world of business works and allows you to gain skills and knowledge to help you function in a business environment. The course is equivalent to three A Levels and can help prepare you for careers in the following sectors: administration, sales, retail, finance, human resources or setting up your own business.

You will also be given the opportunity to visit businesses to see how they operate and the impact this has on business performance: giving you a real insight into real working business environments.

Visits to businesses and the opportunity to meet with key speakers to gain first-hand experience and industry knowledge are a vital part of our course.

In addition to your BTEC modules you will have the opportunity to participate in our Learning Companies. These are student enterprise companies, set up and run by you! Improve your problem solving and organisation skills with our event management company, The Eventors. Put your business knowledge and skills to the test in our business consultancy learning company, Strategic Solutions. Or, get stuck into producing merchandised goods with Visionize! These opportunities will help you gain the skills and experience to meet the needs of local and national employers.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20244199A1362FREEFREE* to £2573.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Managing an event.

Entry requirements

  • Grade 4 in English and maths, plus three other GCSEs at grade 4.
  • Or, completion of a Level 2 Business qualification with a merit grade and grade 4 in English and maths.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1-2 years.

  • Year 1 – Foundation Diploma
  • Year 2 – Extended Diploma

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is undertaken throughout the course in the form of assignments, presentations and projects.

What can I progress onto?

*As we are a partner college of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you may qualify for various benefits should you choose to apply to NTU after completing your college course. This could include a Progress NTU offer, where you would receive an offer one grade below their standard offer. For instance, a typical offer for one of their courses might require 128 UCAS tariff points. With Progress NTU, your requirements would be 120 UCAS tariff points. For further details, please call us on 0808 100 3626 or discover more about this benefit here.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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