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Diploma in Business Level 3* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Business is designed to offer you an extended knowledge of business and is suited to those who are pursuing a junior business employee or further study in Business.

Students are undertake this course often move into careers as Business Development executives, Marketing Executives or as entrepreneurs.

You can study this course over one or two years. In the first year, you will achieve a Foundation Diploma in Business, and in the second year, you will top this up to an Extended Diploma.

Course content

What will I study?

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Pitching for a new business
  • Principles of management
  • Managing an event
  • Business decision making
  • Visual merchandising
  • Digital marketing

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English
  • Level 2 in Business with units at both Merit and Distinction grades
  • A positive reference


How will I be assessed?

Your course assessments may include:

  • Assignments
  • Projects and presentation
  • Exams and synoptic assessments

Financial information

Tuition Fees

  • 16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees
  • Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees.

Contact the Enquiries Team on on 01709 513355 for advice and guidance

24+ Learners

Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course. Contact the Enquiries Team on 01909 504504 for more information.

Future opportunities

What can I progress to?


  • BA Honours in Business Enterprise degree at University Centre Rotherham or North Notts College
  • Further study at another university


  • Business Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Business Finance Officer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Accountant
  • Business Entrepreneur

Further information

Why study here?

  • Gain vital skills in team-working, communication, employability, enterprise and research skills
  • Become involved in a variety of projects to develop and present your business ideas, both within college and for the local community
  • Work experience placements within local businesses
  • Visits to businesses and meetings with employers to learn more about how business works
  • Guest speakers visits from those within business, to gain an insight into their roles and experiences
  • Participation in competitions at local, regional and national levels

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”

      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey


      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.