Btec National Diploma Business Level 3 Coursework Columbia

Business BTEC Extended Diploma - Level 3

90 or 180 Credit Course

Achieve a 90-credit diploma in your first year of study then top up to 180 credits on the extended diploma in the second year. The extended diploma gives you much more detail on the subject — it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have 90 credits from another college, you can choose to top up to the extended diploma with just one year of study.


This course develops the knowledge, understanding and skills you'll need to become a decision-maker in business. You'll be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in a way that suits you best. We also run several visits a year to companies, often based in the City, to see the different roles and practices for the organisation - this will help you understand how different business sectors work. Previous visits have included AXA insurance and the UK's top law firm, Clifford Chance. As part of our work with the Career Academy, we have guest speakers from big businesses who are experts in their field, to talk about their journey to their role, what you need to do to be prepared for interviews and work and what employers are looking for. Some of our students have internships through Career Academy too. Our students have interned with top companies like Liberty Insurance, Citibank, Halifax and Barclays - some have even been offered full-time work afterwards. We have also run a successful 'study buddy' programme with a London university to help prepare our students for applying to university and being prepared for higher-level study.

Subjects include:

  • Effective people management
  • Communication and information in business
  • Economics
  • Business planning
  • Introduction to marketing
  • Accounting and finance
  • Career development and planning
  • Law
  • Investigating business resources.


You'll be assessed throughout the year with coursework and exams.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 with English and maths at A*-D/9-3; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.


You'll be given a book list and you'll be expected to buy the main text book for the course. Our library is well-stocked with everything else you need.

Next Steps

From the 90-credit diploma, move up to the extended diploma. From the extended diploma, progress into higher education or start a career in administration, finance and accounts, marketing, management or law.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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  • 10 Sep 2018Full TimeMerton

  • 10 Sep 2018Full TimeWandsworth

    Where and when
  • Where and when

BTEC Nationals in Business use a combination of assessment styles to give learners the confidence they can apply and knowledge to succeed in the workplace. This range of vocational assessments - both practical and written - means students can showcase their learning and skills to best effect when they take their next step, whether that's supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers.  The course is designed to be taken over 2 years, however the National Diploma can be achieved in Year 1.

Entry Requirements

At least 200 GCSE entry points with a minimum of 5 GCSEs including Grade 5/C in English (Literature or Language) and Grade 4/C in maths.  A Level 2 qualification such as BTEC First Diploma or Technical Certificate (at Merit level or above) together with Grade 5/C in English (Literature or Language) and Grade C/4 in maths.

Students need to successfully complete Year 1 and have a satisfactory reference from their tutor to gain entry to Year 2.

All business learners will be required to come to college with an attitude that reflects their aspiration to develop and maintain a professional approach to their studies and improve their employability skills.

What will I be doing?

Over the course of 2 years you will study 13 different units. The 7 mandatory units are: 

  • Exploring Business

  • Developing a Marketing Campaign

  • Personal and Business Finance

  • Managing an Event

  • International Business

  • Principles of Management

  • Business Decision Making

Plus any of the following optional units:

  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Management Accounting
  • Investigating Retail Business
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Creative Promotion
  • The English Legal System
  • The Aspects of Civil Law affecting Business
  • Aspects of Criminal Law

Additional Activities

You will have the chance to take part in additional activities, including sport.  You will need to re-sit GCSE English and/or maths if you have a grade D.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the 2 year course. You will be assessed on different assignments, tasks and written exams.

What will I need?

BTEC Business Level 3 books (1 and 2) and USB memory stick.  

What can I do next?

  • Progress to Higher Education at HRC with Foundation Degrees.

  • Progress to a Degree course in e.g. Accounting, Business, Law,Finance, Marketing and HR
  • Employment in the business sector

  • Progress to an apprenticeship
  • Fee Information

    Free to those under 19 on 31 August 2018. If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2018, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee-paying new entrant, you will pay approximately £1,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £3,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2016/17 and could be subject to change for 2018/19).  Fee-paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £1,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £3,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2016/17 and could be subject to change for 2018/19).  If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

    You will also be required to pay a materials fee of approximately £35 payable on enrolment. For these costs please contact our Information Centre.


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