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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business - Year 1

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Course Description

This level 3 course is for young vibrant people who want to establish themselves within a professional position, with a level of responsibility to the business and its stakeholders. This may be within the reigns of management leading to a good salary & career progression opportunities. This course is also for young people who are a little unsure of what pathway to study. Business will provide all learners with the employability skills required to work in all industries, understanding how and why business decisions are made, therefore making it easier to be selective in their own career choices once they have completed at least 1 year of study.

You’ll need to have a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate ideas effectively. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities, often with businesses in the local community.

Due to the range of business areas covered it can help those wishing to go onto higher education to choose the university degree they may wish to pursue or specialise in e.g. Marketing, Finance and Human Resources.


Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business - Year 1

Entry Requirements

In order to begin this course students are required to achieve 4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English and Mathematics. BTEC Level 2 qualifications, NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2 qualifications are also accepted.


This course is taught by a mixture of individual and group work sessions to demonstrate understanding of key business principles.

All staff have a great deal of experience within this area and deliver excellent teaching standards which allows students to unlock their potential and gain valuable practical skills and knowledge.

Topics on this course include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Investigating Customer Service
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Managing an Event
  • Business Decision Making
  • Branding
  • Market Research
  • The English Legal System

Work Experience

As part of the course students will complete real-life industry briefs and work with local businesses. The proportion of time allotted to this will depend on the length of the specific brief.


On completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to progress onto the Business Enterprise Academy preparatory year.

Future careers in this area are: Business entrepreneur, business manager, marketing manager, HR manager, digital marketing, finance, fashion marketing, business law, and international business.

Apprenticeship pathways are also available in this area.

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