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International Business Level 3 BTEC Diploma at Bath College

Course description

This course will provide you with excellent preparation for university or into a range of business careers. You will learn how modern business environments operate and the key people and organisations within them.

The course will allow you to explore and conduct case studies on international businesses and cultures across the world. You will have access to guest speakers from local and international companies.

During this course you have the opportunity to study and visit companies abroad and explore alternative languages within a business context. Our current first years are planning and running exciting events to help fund a trip to Shanghai. You will be provided with live briefs alongside real businesses enabling you to engage with vocationally relevant challenges and tasks. You will explore how culture, political climate and international markets affect Business needs.

Course content

During this course you will explore the many aspects of international and domestically based business.
This course is set up over two years and will push you both practically and academically. In the first year, you will study for the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma (1.5 A-level equivalent). On successfully completing year one, you can then continue with the second year and complete the Extended Diploma in Business equivalent to three A-levels.

Among the 18 units over the two years, you will actively engage with local and international businesses and will cover topics such as:

  • international business
  • marketing and
  • event management

You will collaborate with other students and staff outside of your own subject areas and will have the opportunity to apply for a short work placement abroad.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake an introduction to a foreign language course specifically tailored towards one of your business assignments.

Entry requirements

Four full GCSE’s at grades A-C, including English and maths; or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a merit profile in a related subject; or equivalent qualifications.


All of the work on the Level 3 Business programme is assessed through coursework and there are no exams. You will be expected to submit evidence in a variety of ways including presentations, role plays, discussions and reports to show your understanding of the units on the programme.

Future opportunities

In the first year you will attain a 90 Credit Diploma equivalent to 1.5 A levels. On successfully completing the first year, you can progress onto the second year and gain the Extended Diploma in Business equivalent to three A-levels.

On successfully completing the second year of this course you can:

  • Progress onto the Bath Business School HND programme and then to an Honours degree course
  • Join one of our professional courses suited to your abilities and career path
  • Progress onto a university (merit or distinction profile required)
  • Gain employment and start your professional career
  • Start an apprenticeship via our Services to Business team

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2016

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