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Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship BTEC Extended Diploma – Level 3 at Dudley College

Course description

Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship BTEC Extended Diploma – Level 3


Course content

The two year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma allows learners to explore all aspects of business enterprise, as well as developing essential industry skills required to run a business. The course provides a forum through which learners can benefit from and interact with business people and entrepreneurs to enable them to put their learning in context and learn from professionals. Students will develop as individuals, giving them the confidence to stand out in the world of work either through self-employment, as an employer, employee or to succeed at university. The completed diploma is the equivalent to 3 A levels.

The students will develop a business idea over the two years of this programme. During the first year they are supported to establish themselves and the business concepts and then during the second year they are encouraged to the take the next step to set up their business. This leads up to the final part of their course which involves pitching in front of actual investors.

The programme is designed to support learners to develop their business idea whilst also making progress with their maths and English levels.

These units are included in year 1 of the course:
• The innovative entrepreneur
• Business planning and pitching
• Financial planning and implementation
• Launching your business vision
• Leadership and teamwork
• Operating your business
• Working as an entrepreneur
• E-marketing and website design.

These units are included in year 2 of the course:
• Monitoring the performance of your business
• Business in an international context
• Planning the future strategy of your business
• Market research and analysis
• Development planning for a career in business
• E-commerce
• Business project management
• Recruitment and selection in business
• Business markets and the economy
• Social enterprise.

This is an indication of the course content but the content is due to be changed. Any updates will appear on the college website.

Entry requirements

You should have one of the following qualifications: Two GCSE’s at grade C and a grade 4 in English and mathematics
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (NQF) Merit/Merit level.


The assessment approach of this programme allows you to receive feedback on your progress throughout the course as it provides evidence towards the assessment and grading criteria regularly throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and oral presentation. You will have access to Mark book which will allow you to monitor your own personal progress.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.



Examples of financial help are:


Bursary fund



Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website: or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.




We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.


*Under 19 as at 31 August 2017.


**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.


***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.


For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.


Future opportunities

The BTEC Nationals in Business provide a route to employment in the many diverse areas of business, university, Higher National Apprenticeship or HNC/HND.

What Employers Say...

Chris Brindley – Metro Bank

''As well as our financial donations to the Peter Jones Foundation we have supported individuals with work experience and also post course employment. The recruits from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy have proven to be some of the very best people we have in our business. We recruit for attitude and train for skill, but recruits from the Enterprise Academy possess both.''

Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017
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