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Business and Enterprise Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

You can choose between a one year or two year course. The one year course covers Business and Enterprise and is equivalent to 1/1.5 A levels. After having successfully completed the one year course, you can then progress on to the second year specialising in either Business and Finance, Business Marketing, or Business Law, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This course covers units across a wide and exciting range of specialisms. You will learn business skills which you can then put directly into action. The dynamic teaching team has excellent links with both large and local small employers and part of your learning will be engaging with them to put your skills into practice, networking, and developing your business acumen.

You will be able to demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills through organising and managing your own event and setting up your own small business. You will learn how to build, motivate, and manage a team of people. Central to this will be developing confidence in your communication and presentation skills, which are essential to your future career. You will cover the financial aspects of a business through the accounting units and learn how to calculate profit and loss as well as balance sheets and financial ratios. In the marketing element, you will have the opportunity to create, develop, and market your own product and produce a real advert. Aspects of law will be covered and, in the international business section, the economic environment and how international trade works will be covered.

Your learning experience is designed to stretch you to achieve your best and to develop skills for your future career. You will put the skills you learn into practice – getting involved in practical work in small groups, making presentations, and participating in live projects with employers.

We have fantastic, state of the art resources! You will be taught in well-equipped classrooms, with interactive whiteboards and the latest technology, including class iPads and our virtual learning environment. We have a very well equipped Learning Resource Centre with plenty of PCs for independent study and amazing library facilities.

All the staff who teach you engage in commercial upskilling every year with external companies, so that their skills are up to date and ensures that their teaching is current.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

Employer Links and Live Briefs/Projects:

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. There is a rich variety of work and employer engagement opportunities provided for you through live briefs, trips, competitions, and placements. You will also benefit from employers attending our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in employer-led seminars (which have recently involved Google, CIMA, and a BBC Dragon’s Den Dragon)
  • Work on ‘live’ projects with local employers and entrepreneurs
  • Engage in debates such as the recent Question Time at Croydon College with our local MP
  • Attend seminars, trips, and visits, such as to the Business Startup Exhibition at Olympia, London, and a trip to Thorpe Park to learn about marketing, or attending a seminar at the Bank of England. There have also been visits to Croydon Law Courts and Royal Courts of Justice and the High Court, London to support learning in the law units
  • Engage in Employability Weeks at the college. Over 140 employers came into the College this year to provide mock interviews and give talks. Interserve, Gatwick Airport, Crystal Palace, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis were amongst the many employers attending


You will have the chance to compete in skills competitions, both locally and regionally. This year finance students participated in the ICAEW BASE National Business and Accounting competition and achieved a ‘runners up’ position for the London South East Region.

Curriculum Enhancement:

You will have a wide and rich range of complementary opportunities to enhance your career options. As well as regular CV, career development, and UCAS support from the lecturers and the college's Employability Hub, you will also engage in mock interviews and will be encouraged to gain employment experience.

There are visits from universities, visits to University Conventions and university Open Days. The College has its own University Centre so you also have the opportunity to engage with university students, some of whom provide mentoring.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.

To progress to the second year Extended Diploma qualification you will need to successfully complete the first year of this course and demonstrate good attendance and punctuality at the College.


This course is ideal if you enjoy course work and is particularly attractive to those who prefer modular based learning.

There is every chance for success on these courses, which are delivered by talented and committed staff. In 2014 there was 100% achievement with 71% of the students achieving very high grades (DDM or above).

Future opportunities

Future careers include accounting, insurance, banking, human resources, marketing, and sales. You will also be prepared for starting your own business, an option becoming increasingly popular with our students.

Students also have the opportunity to progress to Higher Education either at the college in our own University Centre, where we deliver affordable University of Sussex validated degrees, or you might choose to progress to other well respected Universities.

Former students are studying at universities such as City University London, Bristol, Surrey, and Brunel to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport