Extended Diploma and Diploma in Business
Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel
Specific Entry Requirements
For the Extended Diploma in Business and the BTEC Diploma in Business, students must have achieved:
5 pass grades at GCSE Level (Grades 9-4) to include GCSE English Language or Literature and GCSE Mathematics.
In order for the BTEC L2 Grade in Travel and Tourism /PE to count towards one of the 5 pass grades, students must have achieved Grade P2 as this is the equivalent of a GCSE Grade 4.
Students who have studied the BTEC Level 2 in Business must have achieved at least Grade M or higher in order to meet the criteria for this pathway.
Why study the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Business?
As the world recovers following the global recession of 2008, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs and employees who have a sound understanding of finance, marketing, sales and management. In addition, studying this course helps to develop self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working and problem-solving, which are all key attributes that employers look for in potential employees. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business provides a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study on a relevant Higher Education (HE) course.
The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business is equivalent to two A-Levels and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. The Diploma is made up of 8 units, which includes 6 core units and 2 additional units, which are studied over a 2-year period. The Extended Diploma consists of 11 units, 7 core units and 4 additional units. Achievement in each unit is assessed through either a written assignment, an external set task or an external examination.
Unit 1: Exploring Business
In this unit students explore the key ingredients required for business success, such as organisational structure, communication and operation.
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
In this unit students explore the role that marketing plays in business as well as the development of a marketing campaign.
Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance
In this unit students explore personal banking and how small businesses run their finance function. This unit is assessed through an external examination.
Unit 4: Managing an Event
In this unit students explore how different types of events are run and managed.
Unit 5: International Business
In this unit students explore the impact of large international corporations on the business world.
Unit 6: Principles of Management
In this unit students explore how the role of management and leadership in the workplace contributes towards business success.
Unit 7: Business Decision Making (Extended Diploma Only)
In this unit students explore methods of interpreting data, and how to formulate decisions and solutions to given complex business problems.
Unit 19: Pitching for a new business
In this unit students explore the practical skills and knowledge that is needed to undertake the necessary preparation and steps to set up and pitch for funding for a micro-business.
Unit 17: Digital Marketing
In this unit students will examine the different aspects of web-based marketing, and the channels that can be used to deliver a successful digital marketing campaign.
Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection (Extended Diploma Only)
In this unit students will explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. The unit gives learners the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance
Unit 14: Investigating Customer Service (Extended Diploma Only)
In this unit students will explore how excellent customer service contributes to business success. The unit gives learners the opportunity to develop their customer service skills.
Unit 15: Investigating Retail Business (Extended Diploma Only)
In this unit students will explore the current structure of the retail sector and its supply chain through practical activities.
Unit 23: The English Legal System (Extended Diploma Only)
In this unit students will examine how the English legal system operates to resolve criminal and civil cases, and why businesses and individuals may require legal advice and representation.