Business Level 3 Applied
Our Business Extended Certificate course is designed to meet the changing needs of the business sector and to prepare you for the challenges you’ll face in Higher Education or employment.
This course is available to study as an Extended Certificate (60-credit course, equivalent to 1 A Level)
Through deepening your analysis and research skills, you will explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in the economic, social and technological environment; you will also gain an appreciation of the influence different stakeholders can have upon a business.
As part of your coursework you will create a portfolio which will include presentations and role plays to develop and assess your communication skills. Using Excel, you will learn how to create Gantt Charts in order to undertake Critical Path Analysis. You will also gain key business skills such as how to analyse key financial data from balance sheets and income statements and write a variety of communications professionally.
The course is broad in its content and will give students the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics, giving them an insight into future pathways. Students from this course have the same level of university attendance as students on A Level courses and attend a variety of universities, Nottingham Trent and Lincoln being very popular. Apprenticeships are also very popular with students on this course; recent examples of destinations include Cambridge University to work in Human Resources and working in Marketing at Cambridge Assessment.
Year 1 Modules
- The Business Environment
- Customers & Communication
- Project Management
Year 2 Modules
- Working in Business
- Market Research
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including:
- Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
- Grade 4 in GCSE Maths
- Grade 4 in GCSE Business, or a Merit in Level 2 Business, if taken
- 40% Exam
- 60% Coursework
- Exam Board: OCR
Exam Results 2022: 62% D* - D
Average class size
Why choose this course?
Trips include a summer visit to Thorpe Park where you will undertake a workshop focussing on the marketing mix at Thorpe Park.
We organise a range of speakers from prestigious local businesses such as Price Waterhouse Cooper, Price Bailey and Deloitte. These are activity based and run by their younger members of staff who will explain the different routes to gain employment and what their typical day involves
Skills you'll gain
Skills developed over the first year include communication skills through delivering presentations and undertaking an assessed role-play. You will also develop your research skills and learn how to reference your work.
You will learn how to structure exam questions and how to interpret case studies and analyse key financial data from balance sheets and income statements as well as cash flow forecasts.
In the second year you will learn how to structure and write a variety of communications, including letters and emails. In addition, you will develop software skills through the use of Excel.
After Long Road
Students from this course have the same level of University attendance as students on A Level courses and attend a variety of Universities, Nottingham Trent and Lincoln being very popular.
Apprenticeships are also very popular with students on this course. Recent examples of destinations include Cambridge University to do Human Resources and Marketing at Cambridge Assessment.
I took a Business Diploma because I am very interested in Business. It is the equivalent of one A level. The teachers are good, and the course is interesting.