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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: 1 year
Course length: Year 1 90 credit diploma, Year 2 Extended Diploma
Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Code: 117826
Cost: N/A

SGS Filton

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Course Detail

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Full time course


From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2017 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here


This course provides an outstanding base for your progression into employment, higher education or for starting your own business, as our experienced team will offer you expert support to start your own business ventures within the course, so you will have the confidence, skills and knowledge to succeed. The programme includes a number of educational visits, along with locally-based activities at a variety of regional businesses. You will learn through participating in interesting ventures, such as raising funds for charity, and use real-time business skills to put into practice your learning from this course.

What will I study?

The list below contains a snapshot of the core and additional units you will study:

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Person and business finance
  • Managing an event
  • Principles of management
  • Business decision-making
  • Team building in business
  • Employment law.

Maths and English

Opportunities to upskill in both English and Maths is provided and feedback given to learners on areas of their strengths and areas for improvement.

Work experience

We encourage and provide support to those who wish to gain experience in the world of business and can offer contacts to assist with arranging this. You will have the opportunity to complete a work placement in the business field.


The course is designed to improve your employability skills through the main qualification units, the guest speakers, enrichment trips and work experience.

What do I need to join?

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths.

How long is the course?

This is a 2 year course and on completion you will receive a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and any additional qualifications.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a mixture of classroom activities, practical exercises and real-life business examples.

How will I know how I am doing?

The course is assessed through assignments, controlled assessment and examination. You will receive continuous progress reviews, along with full and regular feedback from your tutor to ensure you are on track and ready for your next step. Feedback will be verbal, written or electronic and is designed to support you on your course.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be costs for materials fees for specialist equipment and some additional costs for trips.

What can I do next?

You can progress to Higher Education, Level 2, 3 or 4 Apprenticeships, employment or may even start your own business. Previous students have successfully progressed to study Business, Marketing, Economics, Accounting and Law at university.

What are my career options?

The variety of units studied during this qualification can be applied to any chosen career and will open many doors. The practical experience you gain will prepare and equip you for work and life.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: 1 year
Course length: Year 1 90 credit diploma, Year 2 Extended Diploma
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Code: 117826

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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