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.

Ibrahim Chowdhury

Ibrahim Chowdhury

Business Applied - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I realised in my first year at College that an applied course, where there are no exams, only coursework, would suit me better. I decided to restart my College course and enrol on to the Business Level 3 Applied course. The course is all coursework based and this style of work really suited me as it allowed me to apply my knowledge into real life situations. The course is full-time so I can get really engrossed in to my research in to the business world. After College, I plan to go to university to study Business Management.

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.

Entry Requirements

Essential QualificationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance 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 Enrollment Options

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding 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 90-creditOCR
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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