Why choose Business Level 3?

The course is specially designed to allow students to study vocationally. This means it is work related where ever 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

Resources and Facilities

  • Internet access, interactive ICT resources and DVDs
  • Business visits and speakers
  • Extensive student support

Teaching and Learning Styles

Teachers on the course are interested in your ability to seek out information from the real world and analyse and present it. A variety of teaching styles are used and there is ample opportunity for students to take increased responsibility for their own learning. Students will develop their time management skills as they will need to meet assignment deadlines. Qualities of self-motivation, independent research and planning are also key to success on the course. Students will demonstrate what they have learnt through case studies, role plays, reports, presentations and visits to local businesses.

Enrichment Activities

Putting theory into practice is an important part of the course. Recent visits to local businesses are Cadbury World, Westons Cider, Worcester Bosch, Aztec Waterpark and Silverstone Race Circuit. The College has close links with the major employers in the area and students will spend time on company premises meeting managers to find out how the business works.


There are a variety of different assessment styles:

  • Practical and written assignments which are internally assessed
  • Controlled assessments of financial information in class
  • Role plays or Powerpoint presentations

The Certificate can be studied in the first year and is the equivalent to 0.5 of an A Level. Students can then progress to the Subsidiary Diploma which is the equivalent of 1 A Level. First year students who want to study Business at a more in depth level can study the Foundation Diploma which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. In the second year students can progress to the National Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

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.

Business Applied profile student

Harry Chatwin

Business Level 3 Applied - Haybridge High School and Sixth Form
After studying at my high school sixth form for one year, I decided to transfer to WSFC. The main reason for this was the Business Applied course as it would give me the opportunity to gain the equivalent of 3 A Levels, but as it is coursework based, a welcome break from external exams. From the first day, the teachers and staff were very welcoming and helped me settle in. This was so important to me as the College was totally new to me. One of the best parts of the course is the amount of help and guidance the teachers give you if you are stuck on any assignments. Another benefit is the free time I have around lessons, which gives a great opportunity to work in the Learning Resources Centre. After College, I plan to go to university to study Air Transport Management.

Progression Opportunities

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

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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