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Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Cheshire College

Course description

Start your business career or progress on to university with this course, worth three A-Levels. You’ll learn all about all the different functional areas of a business, investigate the different resources available within a business, the role of finance and understanding financial statements, different marketing techniques from market research right through to advertising campaigns, and how to be an effective worker and communicator. You could also join the UK Careers Academy in Business and Finance – an opportunity for you to have a mentor from Business and a paid internship in a business for up to six weeks between years 1 and 2.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business consists of four core units plus fourteen specialist units. The qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels.

The four core units are:

  1. Exploring Business Activity. This unit introduces the wide range of business activities and ownership and also looks at the different functional areas of business and the external factors affecting organisations.
  2. Investigating Business Resources. This unit explores the role of human, physical and technological resources in organisations. The role of finance and understanding financial statements is also considered in detail.
  3. Introduction to Marketing. This unit introduces students to the concept of marketing and how techniques are used to increase demand for products. How and why market research is conducted by organisations is also studied.
  4. Effective People, Communication and Information. This unit explores the importance of organisations employing suitable staff. Appropriate communication methods and presenting information effectively is also examined.

Within the course, there is also an opportunity to participate in the UK Careers Academy, which will give you great opportunities to visit and work with employers, providing you with that first step on the ladder to work.

Other units include: Starting a small business, developing teams in business and managing a business event.

In the second year students have the option to select specialised units in the accounting, law and/or HR fields.

Entry requirements

For the Extended Diploma (2 years) you will need a minimum of:

i) 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy),

ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Merit) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C,

iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Merit) + 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade D in GCSE Maths (or L1 functional numeracy pass).

For the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) you will need a minimum of:

i) 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy),

ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Pass) + 2 GCSEs grade A*-C,

iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pass) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade E in GCSE Maths.

Future opportunities

Foundation Degree or Degree in Business or a Business-related topic. Employment in accountancy, financial management, law, marketing or human resources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.