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Business Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certificate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Businesses are at the heart of the UK economy, innovating new products, meeting customer needs, developing the skills of their workers and creating wealth for local communities. The business theories you will learn about touch on the creative elements of marketing, motivating people and managing resources such as money, psychological elements of understanding customers and employees and decision making elements of suggesting strategies and plans for practical examples.

By the end of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of how a business operates. You will have developed some impressive skills in presenting and using Powerpoint, using other work based IT software, discussions, working in a group and writing for a specific business audience – managers or customers. You will be trained in how to present professional work documents and will spend lesson time on computers to produce them. The course involves a great deal of research, enabling you to show prospective employers that you have the ability to carry out a range of business procedures relevant to any workplace.

The Diploma course consists of five core units, which will be covered in Year 1, and seven other units which will be covered over the two years. This is equivalent to two A levels. The Extended Certificate course covers The Business Environment and Business Resources in Year 1, and you will study a further four units over the two years. This is equivalent to one A level.

This is the Extended Certificate course.

Course content

Year 1 - core units

The Business Environment

You will look at local and national business examples and investigate their purpose, type and size, allowing you to gain an understanding of how businesses start and develop. Using case studies, you will investigate and compare the different functional areas of the businesses. All businesses will need to adapt what they do as the economic and business climate around them change and you will learn how they use PEST analysis and other business techniques to do this.

Business Resources

In this unit you will investigate how business use their financial resources to pay their people and buy material resources to make their product. Increasingly technological resources are crucial in allowing businesses to compete locally, nationally and internationally. Being able to manage and balance these resources is the key to business success.

Year 2

These units have been selected so that you will have the opportunity to study a range of business functions.  This will give you a clearer idea of the aspect/s of business you would like to study at a higher level, or a clearer idea of different job roles if applying for apprenticeships/ jobs

  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Creative Promotions
  • Finance

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grades 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including in GCSE English and in GCSE Business Studies if taken. 


A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (60 credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a distinction grade in a related area (60-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.


Future opportunities

This Business Diploma can lead to a variety of business-related courses at university. Employers value the Diploma because it shows that you have acquired many of the skills they seek.

Students who completed the course in 2017 are studying, for example, Business and Globalisation at De Montfort, Business Management (Legal Regulation) at Westminster, International Business at Nottingham Trent, Business with Human Resource Management at Anglia Ruskin, Marketing at Anglia Ruskin, Global Business Management at Coventry University and Accounting and Finance at University Centre Peterborough.



Further information


Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 26 September 2018
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