Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business

Subject Area Business
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds

Course Content

Year 1 National Foundation Diploma (1.5 A Levels equivalent) Year 2 National Extended Diploma (3 A Levels equivalent) The Foundation Diploma is for learners looking to study business as a one-year, full-time course. You will need to successful complete the Foundation Diploma to progress onto the second year.

Year 1 units include:
•    1 Exploring Business
•    2 Developing a Marketing Campaign (exam)
•    3 Personal and Business Finance (exam)
•    4 Managing an Event
•    8 Recruitment and Selection Process

Learning Resources Students are provided with various learning and self-study materials for the BTEC Extended Diploma. All students have free and open access to the Learning Centre to use the computer and library facilities for their research. Independent learning and development of research skills are essential.

Course Outcomes

To provide a solid base of business knowledge and skills to allow students to progress easily into higher education and employment.



The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will provide progression opportunities into Higher Education to do a degree/foundation degree, apprenticeship or HND course, or to enter employment at a supervisory level.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: All students can add to their main programme of study by taking part in a wide range of clubs, groups, societies and courses. Not only are the activities fun, they also develop skills and provide new and fulfilling experiences, as well as enhancing applications to Higher Education and employment. Learners will visit the Old Bailey, Houses of Parliament, UCAS convention and The Great British Business show in Kensington, Olympia.


Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths (or an equivalent Level 2 Literacy qualification). Alternatively, BTEC First Diploma in Business at merit grade or above plus GCSE English and Maths Grade 4 or above.
(Exceptions to entry requirements onto our level 3 qualifications may be considered)



1080 GLH (1430 TQT) Equivalent in size to three A Levels. 13 units of which 7 are mandatory and 4 are external. Mandatory content (66%) External assessment (42%).



This two year course is covered by two text books at a total of about £40.00
Further costs are required to support external visits.

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