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Business Level 3 Applied

Level 3 Applied Courses

Businesses are at the heart of the UK economy, innovating new products, meeting customer needs, developing the skills of their workers and creating wealth for local communities.  The business theories you will learn about touch on the creative elements of marketing, motivating people as well as managing financial resources. 

By the end of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of how a business operates. You will have developed some impressive skills in presenting and using Power point, using other work based IT software; such as excel. You will be trained in how to present professional work documents and will spend lesson time on computers to produce them.

The course involves a great deal of research, enabling you to show prospective employers that you have the ability to carry out a range of business procedures relevant to any workplace.

You can study this as an Extended Certificate (60 credits) the equivalent to one A Level. 


Course Content

Year 1

When you arrive you’ll be studying an examination unit with that exam taking place in January.  It is an excellent introduction to the subject as it covers a very broad range of business topics which gives you and an excellent grounding for the remainder of the course. The topics included are: finance, STEEPLE analysis and legal structures to name but a few.  You will be given ample opportunity to develop your writing and numerical skills in preparation for the exam.

The remainder of the year will be coursework units which will begin with the Customers and Communication unit where you will be investigating the range of services and communications used by Nuffield Health Gyms. This will include a practical element as you will be required to take part in a customer service role play as well as a recorded presentation, pitching the facilities and services offered by Nuffield to potential customers.

The final unit of work for the year is a coursework unit examining project management.


Year 2

The start of the second year is an examined unit titled ‘Working in Business’. This unit will cover the skills and understanding needed to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritizing business activities and communicating with stakeholder.

The final unit is an opportunity to work in teams to create a business event which you will market to other students at the college.


  • 40% Exam
  • 60% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Special Features

The course has a practical element which gives you the opportunity to develop key business skills for the workplace such as communication through group work, presentations and role plays.

The course also ensures that you are prepared for further study as you will be covering a wide range of business topics which will be relevant to undergraduate study and also give you the chance to develop examination preparation skills.

We have guest speakers who come regularly to undertake activities or talks with you, for example Working Options and Price Waterhouse Cooper.

We also have close links with Cambridge University Press and will be taking you there to look at the range of apprenticeships that they offer.

We will be looking to take students on business related trips such as to Thorpe Park.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Business, or Merit in Level 2 Applied Business, if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Students who recently completed the course are studying Business and Globalisation at DeMontfort, International Business at Nottingham Trent,  Marketing at Anglia Ruskin and Global Business Management at Coventry University.

Students also look to employment when leaving the college and we have had students who have gained apprenticeships and or employment within the area at ARM, Price Bailey and Cambridge University Press.

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