Business students at University College Birmingham


Level 3 National Foundation/National Extended Diploma


Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


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Business, Marketing and Finance
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Ever-changing nature of the industry means hugely varied and rewarding career opportunities

Learn from expert lecturers with a wide range of business and finance experience

Do you aspire to work in the world of business? Our Business college course will help get you started, giving you the foundation of knowledge and skills to go on to a business-related university degree and a professional career in this ever-changing sector.

This Level 3 business course will enable you to gain a strong grounding in general business management, studying subjects including pitching, decision making and retail. You will then be able to specialise in a particular area of business, such as marketing, human resources or accounting. Throughout the course, you will undertake practical assessments and develop a wealth of transferable, high-level skills that both higher education institutions and employers are looking for.

You will enrol on the National Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels) in year 1 before progressing onto the National Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels). Both levels will equip you with the vital practical skills needed for employment in the sector once you complete your qualification.

Find out more about this course and the college by ordering a physical copy of our college prospectus by clicking here.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – From business knowledge to skills such as teamwork, independent research, creative thinking and presentation, arm yourself with the tools for your future
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – This business diploma is designed to support your progression to degree-level study
  • GET CAREER-READY – Want to get straight into work? From marketing or advertising to finance, enterprise and more, this course will open up a huge range of business opportunities
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Course breakdown

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

Year 1

  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Exploring business
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Managing an event
  • Pitching for a new business

Year 2

  • Principles of management
  • Business decision making
  • Work experience in business
  • International business
  • Investigating retail business
  • Employment law
  • Training and development

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Entry requirements

  • You will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above (including maths and English), or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma and GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above.
  • Alternatively, you will require at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the business/marketing and enterprise industry.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

There is a strong element of practical assessment in the form of internal assignments and external tasks and written exams. Assessment and tasks include writing essays and reports, business research, debates and presentations.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and you will be expected to complete an appropriate placement related to your business course.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • The Albion Foundation (West Bromwich)
  • Birmingham City FC (Birmingham)
  • Birmingham Jazz (Birmingham)
  • YMCA (Birmingham)
  • Coinadrink (Walsall)

I had heard about the reputation of the Business School and I knew the course would lead me on to the degree I wanted. I’m really enjoying the course so far because it does more than simply overload you with new information – you’re given time to learn and grow independently.

Kyannah-Leigh Johnson Level 3 Business

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Marketing executive

Average salary: £26,500 – £30,500

Advertising account executive

Average Salary: £35,000

Finance officer

Average Salary: £29,250

Accounting technician

Average Salary: £24,000

Business adviser

Average Salary: £32,500

IT support technician

Average salary: £19,000 – £29,000

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Business Enterprise degree.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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