Course type: BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas • Awarding/exam body: Pearson
Equivalent to 3 A levels.

The Extended Diploma is a two year, full time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprenticeships in the business sector. The course also addresses sector needs and skills gaps in areas such as Finance, Marketing and Management. Students complete work experience as part of the course, preparing them for future employment.

Course Units

Core Units
Unit 01:
 Exploring Business
Unit 02: Developing A Marketing Campaign (Externally Assessed Unit)
Unit 03: Personal & Business Finance (Externally Assessed Unit)
Unit 04: Managing an Event 
Unit 05: International Business
Unit 06: Principles of Management (Externally Assessed Unit)
Unit 07: Business Decision Making (Externally Assessed Unit)
Examples of Further Units
Unit 08:
 Recruitment & Selection Process
Unit 09: Human Resource Management in Business
Unit 10: Recording 
Unit 11: Final Accounts for Public Limited Companies
Unit 13: Cost and Managment Accounting
Unit 17: Digital Marketing
Unit 19: Pitching for a New Business
Unit 24: Employment Law
Unit 26: Aspects of Criminal Law Impacting on Business & Individuals
Unit 27: Work Experience in Business

Course Assessment

BTEC Nationals are assessed using a combination of internal assessments, which are set and marked by teachers, and external assessments which are set and marked by Pearson:
  • Mandatory units have a combination of internal and external assessments
  • All optional units are internally assessed.

This Course Can Lead To…

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:
  • BSc (Hons) in Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) in Business and Finance
  • BA (Hons) in Business with Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) and BSc(Hons) in Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in International Management
  • BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) in Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) in Retail Management.
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. After this qualification, learners can also progress directly into employment, however it is likely that many will do so via higher study. Areas of employment include junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, financial services, procurement, events management, human resources, and other related areas in the business sector.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above ideally including English Language at grade 4 or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English Language at grade 4.

In addition/ within those 5 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 4 in Maths and English Language OR  BTEC Level 2 Diploma in related area with Merit.

Course Highlights

  • Work Experience opportunity for all students.
  • Opportunities to partake in enterprising activities.
  • Practical and interactive learning to build a portfolio of work.
  • Outstanding preparation for a business related degree, apprenticeship or independent learning.