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Business Level 3 at Itchen College

Course description

This is an excellent course for those looking to gain a practical experience of business, whilst still being able to progress to higher education or apply these skills after college once in a business-related setting.

This course is for you if... enjoy coursework and have good organisational skills. want to study a variety of business topics. like practical tasks that are related to well-known businesses.

Course content

This course takes a more vocational and practical approach than the A Level, and looks at how businesses make and carry out their decisions.

The types of topics studied include:

  • How companies market their products
  • The organisation of their workforce
  • How companies raise finances
  • Preparation of accounts

Assignments will require you to carry out your own research, analyse your information and present your findings, sometimes in the form of a written report and occasionally in an oral presentation to others. Some research may be conducted as part of a group.

Throughout the course there will be contact with real business organisations through visits, speakers and work experience placements. Spreadsheets and databases will be used to analyse business data while word processing and presentation software will be used to present business information.

Entry requirements

Grade 9-4 in English and three or more GCSEs at grades A*-C and 9-4. Merit or above in a vocational Level 2 qualification will also be accepted.   

Additional guidance is available at interview. 


Single award: 67% exam 33% coursework

Double award: 42% exam 58% coursework

Future opportunities

Students with a vocational Level 3 qualification in Business are very fortunate in having a huge choice of higher education courses to which they can progress. As well as taking a degree or HND in straight Business Studies or Management, they can choose to combine it with another subject or specialism to reflect their particular strengths

If you do not wish to progress to higher education you will find your vocational qualification is a useful qualification for a variety of jobs in management, commerce or administration.

Further information

Students who are part of the Business learning area have the opportunity to take part in local work placements, compete in national competitions, visit local schools to do presentations and workshops, as well as attend a variety of other educational visits.  

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 August 2016

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