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Business Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma at West Lancashire College

Course description

Successful students tend to:

  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • have an interest in the business enviroment
  • have a good command of the English Language and grammar
  • have outstanding organisational skills
  • have good information and communication technology (ICT) skills
  • be able to work to tight deadlines
  • be able to prioritise their workload
  • work well in teams

Course content

You will study a range of eighteen units these include 4 mandatory units:

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

And four(teen) specialist units these are aimed at preparing you for work, academic progression and/or starting your own business.  Units include:

  • Understanding Business Ethics
  • Business Accounting
  • Managing a Business Event
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Starting a Small Business

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, (including English Language; or a Level 2 Diploma/First Diploma/National Certificate at Merit/Distinction level in a related subject. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.

You may be required to attend any additional provision to improve the levels of English and maths.


You will be continuously assessed throughout the course by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units and grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the first year you will receive a Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Business.  From which you will progress on to the second year to achieve the full Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business.

On completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, you can progress onto a relevant degree at a Higher Education institute or we will offer you a place on an appropriate Foundation Degree here at West Lancashire College (subject to satisfactory course interview).

The course will prepare you for employment or advancement at work. In addition, you will have the opportunity to progress to a university course, for example studying Law, Business Management, Accountancy or Marketing. Students are advised to check entry requirements with the higher education establishment they intend to apply to. You will also benefit from the course if you are looking for the knowledge and skills required to start your own business, or to apply for business-related employment or Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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