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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Management


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Management


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Business Courses

Our dynamic Business Courses will give you a complete overview of managing a business. You will be introduced to areas in Law, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and many more.

These are a few of the subjects you will learn about which are amongst the largest employment sectors in the South East and offer fantastic careers for people interested in Accountancy, Law, Finance and Banking, IT, Human Resources, Retail, Marketing, Logistics, Entrepreneurship and many others.

We are able to offer a high level of support, guidance, instruction and experience you need to succeed. For example, our involvement in the enterprise projects over the years has ensured that students on our courses have access to current business professionals, global companies and extended periods of work.

Other activities include visits to Higher Education providers, Business exhibitions and conferences, as well as Business challenges and seminars with guest speakers.

We have an excellent track record of supporting students to progress on to employment, apprenticeships and university.

What opportunities are open to you as a Business Student?

Employer Links:

  • High quality work placements
  • One to one mentoring with professional support
  • Participation in employer-led seminars
  • Workplace visits to a range of business and commercial centres
  • Practice interviews
  • Work shadowing
  • Conferences

Curriculum Enhancement:

  • CV and career development with regular access to careers advice
  • Regular access to tutorial support
  • Frequent access to academic support
  • Extensive support with UCAS applications
  • University ‘taster’ /open days e.g. individual and group trips
  • ‘Buddying’ system to develop and share skills
  • Solution focused coaching and leadership development opportunities
  • Variety of tutorial activities
  • Regular events based on specific themes e.g. ‘Diversity Day’, ‘Skills Week’

Business Courses on offer

  • BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Business

    This Course will help develop your knowledge and practical skills within Business settings.

    Areas of study
    This is a one year course, with practical hands on experience in business. The course covers 11 units in a range of subjects including finance for business, promoting a brand, sales and personal selling in business, providing business support, recruitment, selection and employment, principles of customer service and business enterprise.

    This is an ideal path to prepare you for progressing on to our Level 3 Business Management Course.

    Work experience: This is carried out in a retail setting and is a mandatory part of the course.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Management

    Areas of study
    This is a two year course, equivalent to 3 A Level grades, with practical experience in business. The course covers 18 units in a range of subjects:

    Year 1 – The business environment, business resources, introduction to marketing, business communication, business accounting, management accounting systems, market research in business, recruitment and selection in business, human resource management in business.

    Work experience: This is carried out in a business setting

    Year 2 – Training in the business workplace, managing an event, developing teams in business, managing physical resources in a business, aspects of contract and business law, website design strategy, starting a small business, understanding business ethics, business and the economic environment.

    Employment and Progression Opportunities: Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Management has led students to progress to undergraduate and postgraduate university courses, employment and higher apprenticeships in industry. Opportunities in Business Studies include but are not limited to these career sectors: Accountancy; Retail Management; Advertising; Promotion; Public Relations; Sales; Marketing; Banking; Events Management; Law; Finance; Economics; Recruitment; Administration; Business Psychology; Leisure and Tourism industry; International Business; Human Resources; Insurance; Politics; Management Consultancy.


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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.