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Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    This course has been designed to introduce you to the world of business. You will study pathways including Business Administration, Business Enterprise and Working Effectively in Business.
    As part of the programme you will investigate business practices and create business ideas, as well as develop essential business and administrative skills.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    For each unit you will complete a number of assignments and activities. These will include a mixture of:
    • Presentations
    • Observations
    • Written reports
    • Professional discussions
    • Group assessments
    • Practical activities
    • Role Plays
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    This course has been designed to cover all aspects of the business spectrum, ensuring you have a good understanding of all things business as well as allowing you to identify areas of specialism.

    The course is delivered over two years. In Year 1 you will study for your 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1 1/2 A-Levels) and study units including:
    • The Business Environment
    • Business Resources
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Business Communication
    • Recruitment & Selection in Business
    • Business Accounting

    On successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma, you will progress on to the full Extended Diploma programme (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) and study units including:
    • ICT in Business
    • Managing a Business Event
    • Developing Teams in Business
    • Starting a Small Business
    • Business & Ethics
    • Law

    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study you could work as:
    • A Management Consultant where you can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • An Office Manager, where you can earn between £20,000 and £30,000 a year.
    • A HR Officer, earning between £18,000 and £25,000, with Managers earning up to £48,000.
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    We ask that you have four GCSEs grades 8-4 (A-C), including English and Maths, or a Merit-grade BTEC Extended Certificate Level 2. We will also invite you to attend an informal interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.


    Tutors teach throughout the day and evening and are not always available by phone. Please leave a voicemail message where possible and we will ring you back as soon as possible.
    Please note: Learners on a Learner Responsive course (shown under the course code) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    • OCR:
    • Edexcel:
    • AQA:
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 10am and 7pm during term time and between 9am and 5pm out of term.
    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 16:00
    12 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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