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Business with Accounting BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business with Accounting is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career in Finance or Accounting. It is a work related qualification built to develop the skills required by employers and a nationally recognised qualification for progression to university.

Students that are successful in enrolling to the CAREER ACADEMY will have, alongside their BTEC Extended Diploma, visiting speakers, mentoring by employee volunteers, six weeks paid internship and employer-led seminars. There is also the opportunity to visit a European Organisation to study their business systems. 

Course content

The course is made up of 4 core units and a range of specialist units. These specialist units allow you to explore particular topics in more depth such as:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Retail
  • Information Technology

You may also opt to study a Certificate/ Diploma in Financial Studies.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least one of the following:-

  • A Level 2 Merit/Distinction Grade portfolio (A Pass/Merit Grade portfolio will be considered)
  • At least five GCSEs at Grades A* – C including grade C in English AND Maths

Equivalent qualifications will be considered


BTECs are not exam-based qualifications. Each BTEC is made up of units. The projects that students undertake form the basis of their results which are graded as a Pass, Merit, Distinction, or a Distinction*.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. A triple distrinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Students who have enjoyed the Accounting elements of the Extended Diploma and wish to move into these areas can progress on to a range of subjects.

You could choose to specialise in Accountancy by studying:

  • Accounting Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Accounting BA (Hons)

You can also progress into a range of other Business releated areas. You could choose to specialise in Human Resource Management by studying:

  • Business with Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

You could choose to specialise in Retail Management by studying:

  • Retail Management Foundation Degree FdA

Or you could choose to take a more general Business qualification which lets you experience a range of areas including: Accounting, Marketing, Business, Human Resource Management and more. Course available include:

  • Business Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Studies BA (Hons)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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