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BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business at Harborne Academy

Course description

The Extended Diploma is a two year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprenticeships in the business sector.


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business is an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. It is equivalent in size to three A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme. Learners who wish to take this qualification will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

The qualification aims to provide a wide-ranging study of the sector. It is primarily designed for learners studying full time in the 16–19 age group, who wish to pursue a career in business, primarily via higher education to access graduate entry employment with businesses, or alternatively through junior business employment.

Course content

This qualification gives learners experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting the progression pathways in business.


The learning programme covers the following content areas:

• Business environments

• Finance

• Marketing

• International business

• Management.


The optional units have been designed to support progression to business courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas such as:

• Human resources

• Accounting

• Marketing

• Law.

Entry requirements

Students need to achieve 4 or more GCSE’s at grade 5 or higher including English and Maths.

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: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years


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