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Business Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

The six unit Subsidiary Diploma feeds into the Extended Diploma in Business. It provides an in depth look into the world of business. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and those who progress to the Extended Diploma will gain the equivalent of 3 A Levels. The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the operations and structures of business and also to equip students with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university. The course will involve businesses in the public, private and voluntary sectors



Students will work through core units such as: The Business Environment - Understanding how a range of business organisations, and the many factors that shape the nature of organisations operate in an increasingly complex business world. Business organisation - Researching a range of human, physical, technological and financial resources required in an organisation, and how the management of these resources can impact on business performance. Introduction to Marketing - Understanding of how marketing, research and planning and the marketing mix are used by all organisations. Business communication - Understanding the management of business information, and the successful communication of that information throughout a business, which is critical for the future prosperity of the organisation. Starting a Small Business - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the skills needed to set up and run a business, and the regulations that need to be complied with, and to have the opportunity to prepare a detailed business plan. Developing teams in Business - The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the importance of effective team working to an organisations success, and to develop skills and knowledge for working in team situations both as a team leader and a team member.

You are expected to take part in Open evenings, college activities and work experience as part of gaining business experience and assessment. Assessment is through coursework including oral presentations, discussions, role play and team work activities. Our approach is developing transferable skills, including team work, creativity, self management and reflection. You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units will also need you to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to your portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful learners will have the opportunity to progress on to BTEC L3 Extended diploma and then on to Higher Education courses, part time professional qualifications. Alternatively they may wish to gain employment or an apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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