Business Studies Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Do you see yourself following a career in a business environment? Perhaps you have the potential to be one of Lord Sugar’s future “Apprentices”! The practical nature of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business makes it the ideal course to set you off in the right direction. Over the two years of this full time vocational course you will study all of the major functions in business, through a real “hands-on” approach. Each operational area that you study is linked to a real business. You will visit this organisation, or benefit from a presentation by one of their managers. Some of the units will have a slightly different focus and be based around other practical activities. The experience that you will gain will help you to understand business theories through seeing them at work in practical situations. This depth of understanding makes you very attractive to employers and to admissions tutors at universities.

Your teaching team come from a range of backgrounds; accounting, event management, marketing, banking and retailing. They all have industrial experience complemented with a contagious enthusiasm for our subject and they will make sure you achieve above and beyond your own expectations in a very exciting way.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade A*C/9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics.

Course Content

You must also demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for and commitment to this area of study.

Features of the course:
You will cover thirteen varied units over the two years exploring all areas of business.

Units include:

Unit 1: Exploring Business
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign Unit 3: Personal & Business Finance
Unit 4: Managing an Event
Unit 5: International Business
Unit 6: Principals of Management
Unit 7: Business Decision Making

These are assessed via a combination of assignment work and examinations. You will be creative in your provision of evidence and tasks set range from; role plays, displays, Prezi, PowerPoint presentations, interviews, leaflets, off-site team building events and many more.

Course achievement

This course is the equivalent of three A Levels in Business. You are graded from a Distinction* to Pass. You will be monitored and assessed throughout your course and your teachers will ensure that you are continually aware of your achievement. We are very much a team in Business and you are a key part of our team throughout your two years.


You will be assessed via a combination of assignment work and examinations.

Future Career Opportunities

This course provides exciting, solid and varied business knowledge; all good preparation for a successful career. Students find themselves ideally prepared to enter a range of professions including: accounting, financial services, sales, retailing, office administration, banking, teaching and business management.
This course is highly regarded by universities and provides the necessary entry requirements for a wide range of higher education courses.

Why Study at BSFC?

This is an energetic and dynamic course which examines the world around you; we look at a variety of industries and sectors; Manchester United Football Club, the NHS, the College itself and a huge range of organisations to see exactly what business ‘is all about’ and how businesses function and grow.
Primark or Armani? Samsung or Apple Which brand would you choose and why? How are we manipulated by marketing and image? Profit or loss? How does this occur and why are some organisations so successful yet others fail? Am I a Shaper or a Chairperson? What type of team member are you and why does this matter? These are just some of the questions you will consider and assess. There is a wide variety of content in your course; work experience, visiting speakers from industry, trips and visits to Alton Towers, MUFC and the Trafford Centre are just a sample of the ways in which we bring business to you.