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Business BTEC Foundation Diploma-Extended Diploma

Level 3 Vocational
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North Devon Campus
One year - Foundation Diploma. Two years - Extended Diploma.

Do you delight in all things business? Then equip yourself with the broad range of business skills this study programme offers. The Foundation Diploma is a standalone one-year programme, and if successful, you can carry forward the units to a second year and complete the Extended Diploma. BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum.

You will be encouraged to explore specialist areas within business such as finance, marketing, event management, international business, HR and principles of management. You will explore businesses and their structure and also look at the decision-making process. Practical elements include work experience and enterprise skills. There will also be an opportunity to pitch new business ideas.


In the first year, this diploma offers an introduction to business-related topics covering the core areas of Exploring Business and Personal & Business Finance, as well as Developing a Marketing Campaign and Managing an Event. There will also be 2 relevant optional units. You will take part in an enterprise challenge which is designed to improve your entrepreneurial skills and attend valuable work experience. This is a standalone qualification.

If you are successful and decide to (and are approved to) continue for a second year, you will explore more specialist areas such as International Business, Principles of Management, and Business Decision Making. Alongside four relevant optional units such as Recruitment and Selection and Employment Law. The qualification includes an exciting work experience placement during your first year. Assessment is a mixture of coursework, mini projects, externally-set tasks and one exam. You do not need any previous business knowledge to succeed on this course.
The programme employs a variety of assessment techniques. These can range from word processed reports to role play, work experience placement, discussions, interviews, presentations and external assessments. Recording equipment is also provided as a means of generating assessment evidence.
BTEC have introduced one written exam in the Foundation (first) year.

All learners are given the opportunity to raise their aspirations and improve their grade profiles by revisiting assignment tasks during the integrated upgrade weeks.
Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

Five GCSE at Grade 5/4 or above - including English and Maths. If you have grade 4 (or below) in English and Maths, you will need to have strong grade 5/4s and above in other GCSE subjects. All will be discussed at interview and reviewed on your introductory day.
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Successful interview.
Employers will find this qualification valuable because the business skills you will gain are relevant both to the public and private sectors. Career choices? Think teaching, car sales, event management, banking, retail management, accountancy, administration and marketing occupations. You can also consider employment, progression, higher apprenticeships or degrees. This programme will help support employment with management opportunities.
The BTEC business programmes take place in newly refurbished rooms, offering students the opportunity to learn in a vibrant and inviting environment. Students also have access to IT suites and laptops to help them conduct research and complete coursework.
On your first day, you are expected to bring your GCSE results, a pen, A4 paper/pad, a folder and a USB memory stick.
£20.00 ancillary resource costs.
If you require any further information about this course, please contact the Guidance Centre by emailing or by calling 01271 338125.
Q. What happens if I need help with my assignments?
A. All learners are given regular 1:1 support form their lecturers in addition to resubmission attempts to improve and revise assessments.

Q. Is the course delivered on every day of the week?
A. We make every effort to timetable over four days, giving learners the opportunity to get part-time work or additional study time for one day a week.

Q. Do I need to buy any text books?
A. All learning materials are provided by the programme team, however, there are text books that mirror the course. These are available to buy, or are free of charge online for all learners. Details will be given in your induction week.

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. Students undertake a variety of optional trips and activities for which there may be a cost. For example, all learners are given the opportunity to participate in a European/UK residential for which there is a cost. Students will need to print their assignments.