Why Study Business Level 3?

The course is specially designed to allow students to study vocationally. This means it is work related wherever possible, but provides the same value as conventional A Level qualifications. It places heavy emphasis on skills which are required by employers, such as time management and team working. It is, therefore, aimed equally at students who wish to move into a career after further education, and those who wish to study at a higher level.

You can choose to study the one A Level equivalent (Extended Certificate) alongside other subjects or you can study Business at a more in-depth level and complete the Extended Diploma, which is the equivalent of three A Levels. The course is a mix of exams and coursework.

You will complete a variety of units such as

  • The Business Environment
  • Working in Business
  • Customers & Communication
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting Concepts

These will give you an insight into a range of business functions and will develop transferable employability skills.

Awards are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* (star) which are determined by an accumulation of points gained from all the assessed work including externally assessed exams and coursework.

Why Study Business Level 3 at Worcester Sixth Form College?

The course is taught by specialist teaching staff, the majority of whom have worked in industry.

Good links to local businesses to give you a focus for your assignment research. Students will spend time on company premises, meeting managers to find out how the business works. In the past we have visited Cadbury World, West Midlands Safari Park, Westons Cider and Aztec Watersports. The cost of these trips is around £30.

Extended Certificate students will also take part in a one week work experience, organised by the College.

Progression Opportunities

The qualification can be used for admission to degree level courses or to begin a business related career. All of the career opportunities open to A Level students are also available to Level 3 Vocational students.

Previous students have gone on to study Business at universities such as Liverpool, Cardiff, Aston University in Birmingham. Other have gone to do Marketing Apprenticeships or have joined Business Management schemes.

Molly Strawbridge

Molly Strawbridge

Business Applied - South Bromsgrove High School
In September 2019, I attended an open event for Worcester Sixth Form College and instantly knew the College was for me. I always wanted to expand my knowledge in Business Studies, having also studied the subject to GCSE at high school. A student at the open event who was also studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business to me that this course would ‘open doors’ and I cannot disagree. The course has enabled me to broaden my knowledge, improve my data handling skills and application of theory to real life business scenarios. In September 2021, I will be attending the Royal Agricultural University to study ‘Environment, Food and Society’. I feel that without studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, I definitely would have not achieved my dreams of studying at this University. Worcester Sixth Form College is an amazing place to study and the teachers are always willing to support their students wherever possible. I would like to hope that any student who is planning on attending Worcester Sixth Form College has just as good an experience here as I have.

Entry Requirements

Essential Qualifications Other Desirable Qualifications / Combinations Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Please see ‘General Course Entry Requirements’GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above, otherwise will be added to your programme of studyWillingness to participate in business visits. Willingness to participate in Young Enterprise. Ability to meet deadlines. Basic IT skills.Compulsory trips with an approximate cost of £30

Qualifications and Enrolment Options

Qualification Name A Level Equivalence Duration Awarding Body
Foundation Diploma1½ A Levels (3 Blocks)1 YearOCR
Extended Diploma3 A Levels (3 Blocks)1 year (to be studied in 2nd year after successful completion of the Foundation Diploma)OCR
Certificate½ A Level (1 Block)1 yearOCR
Extended Certificate1 A Level (1 Block)1 year (to be studied in 2nd year after successful completion of Certificate)OCR

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