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Business BTEC Subsidiary/ Extended Diploma Level 3 at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Business is all around us - from your local corner shop to big multinational organisations like Google and Apple. It is highly likely that when you start work you will be working in a business of some sort. So, whatever career you go into, having a good grounding in business will be a major asset to you.

Our business courses are taught by tutors with direct industry experience and they will provide you with an insight into what’s involved in running a business, how they are organised and financed and the importance of effective communication and marketing.

Our Business department is one of the College’s most dynamic, providing trips, placements and hands-on practical experience.

In previous years for example, our students travelled to EuroDisney for a conference and workshop, meeting Disney Senior Executives and seeing how the top rides in Europe are marketed.

You will have the opportunity to experience professional networking, job-shadow business employees and work with the latest business technology, to help build your confidence and open the door to a wealth of business opportunities.

The College also has an established Enterprise Society and an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ - a top local businessperson - who is available to work with students to provide support and help them develop their own ideas.

Course content

You will study:

  • Business environment
  • Business resources
  • Introduction to marketing
  • Business communication
  • Understanding business ethics
  • Creative product promotion

You will also take an NCFE Qualification in Conflict Management.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C, to include GCSE English, with GCSE Mathematics at grade D.

To proceed onto year 2 you will need to have passed a Level 3 Diploma in Business at merit grade.


All BTEC units are internally assessed, and graded by the lecturers. Assessments will take the form of presentations, group work, written work and projects.

Financial information

There is a European trip in the first year at a cost of £300, and for those students going on to the level 3 Diploma, there is a trip to New York at a cost of £600. Both trips are a mandatory , and are linked to unit assessments. 

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Award is a recognised qualification by UCAS and Universities.

A business qualification can open the door to literally hundreds of careers – too many to list here! Our Level 3 Business Plus course is unique to the area, with the extra qualifications that mean you will have the edge when applying for jobs after graduating, and have industry skills which you may wish to use when seeking Part-time employment alongside your education.

The BTEC Level 3 Qualifications in Business have been developed to focus on giving you the opportunity to enter employment in the business sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49