Business Level 3

Overview (NV)

Business Level 3

Course length
2 years full-time per level


You will get a strong grounding in general business management, allowing you to lay the foundations for a business-related university degree and a professional career.

You might go on to specialise in a particular area of business such as marketing, human resources or accounting. The beauty of this course is that it opens up a wide range of business opportunities.

Alternatively, our National Extended Diploma will equip you with the vital skills you need to enter employment directly after achieving the qualification at UCB.

Our expert lecturers will give you opportunities to:

• Showcase your skills through practical assessments

• Underpin the knowledge and skills you will need to meet industry requirements

• Acquire the transferable and high-level skills that are sought after by higher education institutions and employers

Why should I choose this course?

  • This Extended National Diploma is a modern, work-related qualification which will open the door to higher education studies and professional careers
  • The course is designed with a clear purpose – to support progression to degree-level study or employment
  • It builds high-level skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills – all of which are valued by employers
  • You will develop independent research and study skills, which are essential for success at university and are transferrable to the workplace

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so you can compete in today’s labour market and secure the career you have always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, you will continue to develop your English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16, you will continue to study these subjects by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. We will support you all the way, so there is no need to worry.


Proficiency in mathematics is vital for success in the business industry, for both strategic planning and for the smooth, every day running of a company. For example, maths is important for:

  • Calculating production costs, including materials, machinery, labour, expenses and marketing
  • Working out the price of goods, so you can stay in profit
  • Running a payroll system, to ensure workers get paid correctly
  • Ordering goods and services
  • Working out your business accounts


As with maths, it is difficult to over-state the importance of good English skills. English is important in the world of business because:

  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues and customers
  • Customer service skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is vital for following instructions, reading documents and emails, and understanding the ideas, aspirations and demands of colleagues and competitors
  • English is important when preparing a CV and a business proposal, and for putting together advertising and marketing plans for your business
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

There is a strong element of practical assessment in the form of internal assignments and externally tasks and written exams. 

The assessment and tasks include: writing essays; reports; business research; and debates and presentations. UCB is keen to ensure all students are given the opportunity to develop their practical skills through live client work and assessment. Our aim is to ensure you progress with a thorough understanding of how the business world ticks. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, including maths and/or English
  • Or a BTEC level 2 Diploma
  • Alternatively, at least 2 years’ relevant work experience. 
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report and references.
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the Business/Marketing and Enterprise industry 
What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

During the course, you will undertake seven mandatory (compulsory) units and six optional units. 

Mandatory units:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Decision Making 

Optional units (choose 6):

  • Team Building in Business
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Investigating Retail Business
  • Financial Statements for Specific Businesses 
  • Cost and Management Accounting 
  • Investigating Customer Service 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Creative Promotion 
  • Pitching for New Business 
  • Market Research Assignment

Your study programme

In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.

For example; if you haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.

Work placement

Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.

Careers (NV)


The ever-changing nature of the business sector means career opportunities are hugely varied and rewarding. A BTEC National Extended Diploma increase the likelihood of you getting a job due to the focus on the development of practical business skills. 

You might be attracted by roles in:

  • Marketing and advertising
  • Finance, including accountancy
  • Enterprise (starting your own business)
  • The creative industries
  • Retail
  • IT, software and computing 
  • General business management

You may want to build on your knowledge and take a higher level foundation degree or degree in a related field, such as Business Enterprise, Marketing Management or Digital Marketing, which could lead to higher paid jobs in the future.


The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. It can help you develop your work-related skills.

Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.


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