Business Level 3

The course provides a nationally recognised and vocationally specific qualification with which to enter employment or to progress to higher education such as a degree in business and/or management or an associated specialist field. The Business BTEC programme of study includes a variety of types of business activity such as accounting, administration, finance, human resource management and marketing. Students that apply for the Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma will also have the opportunity to apply to join the Business Career Ready Academy which enables you to gain masterclasses through a programme of guru lectures, business mentoring and a six week internship.

This is part of a national programme – Career Ready UK – and provides exceptional benefits to enhance future employment opportunities.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

What Will I Learn?

Students learn through completing assignments involving investigation and analysis.

The course is delivered through workshops, practical activities and lectures and is supported through individual and group tutorials. In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

You will study the Foundation Diploma in year one, followed by the Extended Diploma in year two.

Course Content

Business Level 3 BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Units may include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  • Creative Promotion
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Principles of Management
  • International Business
  • Aspects of Employment Law
  • Developing Teams in Business
  • Business Decision Making

The qualification is achieved through a combination of coursework, exams and controlled assessments. All units must be passed in order to successfully achieve the full qualification.

Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant level 2 qualification
  • An interview
Career Opportunities

This course offers access to a wide range of careers in business, including junior or managerial roles in human resources, finance, insurance, operations, IT and customer service. Alternatively students may find work as a business advisor, project manager, general manager, investment administrator, bank manager, marketing assistant or public relations officer. Others may start their own businesses.

Course Progression

Students can progress to a range of higher education programmes and professional courses including accounting, law, marketing and personnel management.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Business Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo years | Year 1: Foundation Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | 2 years: Career Ready/Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £6,602 (This fee covers the full two-year course)


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