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Level 3 90 Credit/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This course will give you knowledge and experience of a range of transferable business skills, techniques and attributes so that you can specialise in an area of business that interests you. You will be carrying out a period of work experience which will enable you to put your theory into practice and enhance your CV.

Explore, challenge and develop your

•  understanding of the business world e.g. funding, tax, identifying potential markets, grants, business set up loans, costing, marketing strategies, business planning, pitching, research techniques, enterprise skills and developing innovative ideas

• ability to plan and shape your business ideas e.g. start up, marketing and selling your ideas to potential sponsors and partners

• networks by interacting with existing entrepreneurs and business leaders in our community and learning the secrets of a successful business, pitfalls to avoid and managing ambition with a work life balance

• English and Maths through either a GCSE Pathway or GCSE retake programme

• English, Maths and IT skills through the vocational assignments

• employability skills e.g. project management, communication, interpersonal skills, team working, problem solving plus an ability to plan, shape, market and sell your business ideas. You will become a pro-active, self-motivated, autonomous individual with an entrepreneurial attitude

Compulsory residential activities to develop team work and practical skills are an integral part of the course.  There is an additional cost of £300 to cover these trips as well as covering costs of day trips or residential and guest speakers.  This charge is to be paid at enrolment and is non-refundable.  The Learner Support Fund is available and could help assist in paying towards these fees.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following qualifications

• Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (A* - C), including English or Maths.

• A BTEC Level 2 Certificate/Extended Certificate or First Diploma

• A Level 2 NVQ in a related subject e.g. Administration or customer service

You will also need evidence of commitment and good attendance.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Coursework is continually assessed by a range of methods which may include projects, assignments, case studies, course work, self-assessment, feedback from clients and panel reviews. Grades from Pass, Merit, Distinction may be awarded to course work.  

The Study Programmes are over 3 days each week.

There is regular one to one tutorial provision.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This qualification helps you to progress on to

• BA/BSc/FdA at a Higher Education institution or HNC/D Business at Cambridge Regional College

• apprenticeships within the wider commercial industries and supported through Cambridge Regional College

• employment e.g. trainee manager in retail, junior accountancy, financial services (insurance) and internships

Please note in order to progress to a Level 4/5 HNC/D BTEC Diploma in Business you will need to achieve a minimum Pass for your Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Huntingdon: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Saturday 9th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 16 January 2019
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