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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business with Accounting Specialisms at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and no other course is taken alongside it.

Course content

The Business Environment

In this unit you will learn about the different types of business, their ownership and purpose, how businesses are organised and the external factors influencing business activity.

Business Resources

In this unit you will learn the human, physical, technological and financial resources required in running a business, how they are managed effectively and why this is important.

Introduction to Marketing

In this unit you will learn about the role of the marketing function, with particular emphasis on the role of marketing research and how it contributes to marketing planning and the development of a marketing mix for a target group of customers.

Business Communication

In this unit you will have the opportunity to develop, analyse and evaluate a range of methods used to communicate different types of business information and will understand the purpose of such communication. You will also produce and evaluate different types of business communication of your own.

Business Accounting

Accounting records are frequently used in business decision making; understanding their purpose and uses is a useful skill in business management. This unit will enable you to identify the need for accounting and be able to create and use some of the most common financial accounts and their related documents. You will also be able to review business performance through the use of simple ratio analysis.

Financial Accounting

This unit will help you to understand the format and purpose of financial statements that are used in business. You will also gain an understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework within which financial statements are produced, and you will be able to appropriately adjust financial statements for business.

Management Accounting

The techniques of costing, statistical analysis, break-even and budgeting are amongst the most important techniques that a manager will use to make better decisions in the business environment. This unit will enable you to interpret the type of financial data that managers might be given in the day to day running of a business, and understand how to make business decisions based on the information given.

Accounting Systems

This unit will enable you to understand double-entry bookkeeping, the foundation of business accounting. You will also consider how IT is used in accounting, considering the benefits and drawbacks of its introduction to a business scenario.

Developing Teams in Business

In this unit you will experience working as part of a team and as a leader in a given situation. This will help you to prepare for work and to understand the skills and attributes needed both for cohesive teams and effective leaders. You will build confidence in your own ability as a team member and, as a leader, recognise the weakness and strengths of others and how team members can be supported.

Recruitment and Selection in Business

This unit is about how an organisation recruits and selects staff. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the process that a business has to go through when recruiting staff. You will prepare documents necessary to help select the right person for the job and plan to take part in a selection interview. You will develop a broad understanding of the legislation surrounding recruitment and selection and be able to explain how these laws affect a business.

Development Planning for a Career in Business

The unit will help you to make effective career decisions. Career management skills are particularly important as labour market conditions change and they help you to have a competitive edge against those who are unclear of their career path or of labour market conditions. Employability skills are of relevance to any qualification and the opportunity to demonstrate these skills is of value in preparation for employment.

Starting a Small Business

In this unit you will have the opportunity to develop a business plan for a small business, taking into account the resources needed to meet your sales forecast to develop a cash budget for your business.

Creative Product Promotion

In this unit you will learn about the promotional mix, and the related topics of buyer behaviour and branding, before going on to design your own small-scale promotional campaign. You will examine campaigns used by businesses in the past and examine how successful they have been.

Market Research

In this unit you will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin why businesses collect data about their market, how they collect and interpret it and how it can be used to support marketing decisions.

The Role of Internet Marketing

In this unit you will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin the reasons business is conducted online with reference not only to the benefits and drawbacks to businesses and customers but also the effects on society at large. You will examine internet campaigns used by businesses in the past and examine how successful they have been.

Managing a Business Event

During this unit you will develop skills in and knowledge of organising and coordinating a business event. You will do this through planning, researching,  providing support, and follow-up activities involved in running a small  business event.

Understanding Retail

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the important role that retailing plays in the UK economy; and how it is the final part of the supply chain, before products and services reach the end customer. you will examine the structure of the retail industry, the process of distribution, the importance of sales and service functions and how the sector responds to change.

Understanding Business Ethics

This unit introduces you to the concept of business ethics and the application of ethical values to business behaviour. The topic applies to any aspect of business conduct, from boardroom strategies to how organisations treat their suppliers, to sales techniques, to accounting practices and to how they respond to wider issues of social concern such as sustainability. Ethics go beyond the legal requirements and are, therefore, discretionary. It is about how an organisation does its business and how it behaves intrinsically.

Study Visits and Work Placement

There will be various study visits which form a compulsory part of the course and must be attended as far as possible, these may include Cadbury world, Manchester Airport, Manufacturing plants, Alton Towers, Meadowhall and Magna.

Part of the course is a compulsory work placement for at least one week each year.

Entry requirements

Grade 3 in Maths.


100% coursework (18 units).

Financial information

Each visit will cost approx. £20.

Future opportunities

Careers in areas such as:  Accountancy Clerk, Finance Manager, Company Secretary, Retail Management, Self Employed Business Owner.

Further information

Visit the Business department on one of our Open Evenings for more information about this course.

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: 20 December 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

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