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Business BTEC Level 3 Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The BTEC Diploma in Business Level 3 (formerly known as BTEC National Certificate in Business) is a 2-year programme, aimed at 16-18. It is directed to give students a thorough knowledge of the business world together with vital business skills demanded by all major employers. The course includes 4 core units and 8 specialist units taught over a two year period.

Successful completion of the first year of the course will allow students to receive the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business Level 3 qualification. They will progress onto the second year to aspire to the full BTEC Diploma in Business Level 3. Progression onto the second year will be at the discretion of the course leader subject to performance and level of attendance during the first year of the course. The course complies with the new Qualification Credit Framework.

Course content


  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication


The course team will select eight units from a bank of 37 on the basis of meeting the objective of preparing students for work, academic progression and/or starting their own business. Thus, units such as Starting a Small Business, Developing Teams in Business, Business Ethics, Business and the Economic Environment, Human Resource Management, Development Planning for a Career in Business and Business Accounting will be considered when structuring the course. Specialist units may change.

In addition, there is an option for students to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (ifs course), which can provide up to 120 UCAS points over 2 years. This qualification will enhance the opportunities to progress onto higher education and/or to a career in financial services.

All students will also be required to attend any provision created by the course team to improve the levels of English and Mathematics.

Entry requirements

You will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language or maths, or a level 2 equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, achieved in the last 5 years. All students aged 16-18 without GCSE English and maths at C or above will work towards these qualifications while on their course.

Future opportunities

The course will prepare learners for employment or advancement at work. In addition, students will have the opportunity to progress into a HNC/HND Business course. Some students may be able to apply to a foundation degree or full degree course at university, but further qualifications may be required. Students are advised to check entry requirements with the higher education establishment they intend to apply to. On the other hand, some students will benefit from the course as this will provide them with the knowledge and skills required to start their own business, or to apply for business-related employment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.