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Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business

This 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 explore businesses and their structure and also look at the decision-making process. Practical elements include work experience and enterprise skills and 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 following core areas:
– Exploring Business
– Personal & Business Finance
– Developing a Marketing Campaign
– Managing an Event.

There will also be two relevant optional units.

You will take part in an enterprise challenge and organising an event which is designed to improve your entrepreneurial skills. The qualification includes an exciting work experience placement during your first year. Year one is a standalone qualification equivalent to one and a half A-levels.

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
– Business Decision Making

You will also study four relevant optional units such as Recruitment and Selection and Employment Law.

Apply for this course

Sep 2021 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB059 (2021)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 1 Year
North Devon campus Apply
Sep 2021 : Mid Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTT033 (2021)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 1 Year
Mid Devon campus Apply

Course details


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.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto a Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English language.

A Grade 4 and above in both English and Maths is required. If you have grade 4 in both English and Maths, you will need to have a strong grade profile of 4/5 and above in other GCSE subjects. Your entry qualifications will be discussed at interview and reviewed on your introductory day.

Relevant Level 2 core study programme at Merit (for those with a higher level of academic content).


Employers will find this qualification valuable because the business skills you will gain are relevant both to the public and private sectors.

Upon completion of this course, you could go on to teaching, law, sales, event management, banking, retail management, accountancy, administration and marketing occupations. You can also consider progression onto higher apprenticeships or degrees.

This programme will help support employment with management opportunities.

Facilities and resources

The BTEC business programmes take place in newly refurbished rooms, offering you the opportunity to learn in a vibrant and inviting environment. You also have access to IT suites, chrome books and laptops to help them conduct research and complete coursework.


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 re-submission 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.

Q: Do I need any previous business experience to study on this course?

A: No previous business experience is required.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 13/09/2021
Course Code : FTB059 (2021) North Devon campus, Mid Devon campus Apply
Staring Date : 13/09/2021
Course Code : FTT033 (2021) North Devon campus, Mid Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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