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Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

Business at Bedford College is constantly evolving as we respond to the changing face of the employment market and the requirements of our students. This Level 3 Business course will enable you to study a vocational business course which will prepare you for a career in business by developing practical business skills. You will develop a range of key skills and knowledge that will be essential for future employment or university study. You will take part in a diverse and exciting learning experience which has something for everyone. You will develop your creative flair and test your knowledge as you learn about business.

Course content

During this course you will develop practical skills in all areas and aspects of business.

These will include:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Careers development
  • Contract Law
  • Economics
  • Ethics.


In addition to the main programme you will also study the following additional programmes to enhance your learning experience:

  • Functional Skills Maths and English, OR
  • GCSE Maths and English.


During the course of the year you will also be given the opportunity to visit local and national businesses in order to bring classroom theory to life. Previous trips have included Coca Cola, British Airways and the Bank of England. You may also take part in Subway’s ‘Design a Sub’ challenge, a nationally recognised competition which provides greater opportunity to develop your understanding of marketing practises and gain a hands-on experience relating business theory to a real life business scenario.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need:

  • four GCSES at Grade A*-C (including maths and English), OR
  • a full Level 2 qualification in Business at Merit level or above, and a GCSE in English at grade A*-C


You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways that aim to reflect the skills, knowledge and assignments that will be required in the workplace. Your demonstration of knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation skills will be measured through a variety of coursework assessment methods, including report writing, presentations, group projects, surveys, business games, roleplaying, debates, video and audio blogs, as well as outdoor pursuits such as team building activities.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

Completion of this course will allow you to seek full employment, or alternatively to progress to further Business courses at the College, or at university. As part of the course you will be given advice on developing a career in Business to help you make the important decision about what to do next.

Further information

The Business department has a strict dress code that aims to reflect the business environment. We feel that it is essential that students on our course learn this essential employability skill. There is a book £50 and trip fee of £50 in the first year, which includes a set of text books and all trips outlined on this page (apart from international trips). In the second year you will need to pay a further £50 to cover similar costs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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