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National Foundation Diploma in Business – Level 3

You will gain a broad understanding of different areas of business on this course. It represents your first step towards a nationally recognised qualification at an advanced level, accelerating your career progress and opening doors to higher education opportunities.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
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Course Information for Students

You will gain a broad understanding of different areas of business on this course. It represents your first step towards a nationally recognised qualification at an advanced level, accelerating your career progress and opening doors to higher education opportunities.

You will need to have at least five GCSEs, of which both English and Maths must be at a minimum of grade 4 or above.

Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma/Extended First Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade will be accepted but this must be accompanied by grade 4 or above in both GCSE English and Maths. You may be required to undertake a full screening at the College to help us identify which level of study is most appropriate for you.

You will study six units in Year 1 and a further seven units if you progress to Year 2.

A range of units is covered that may include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Investigating Customer Services
  • The English Legal System
  • Training and Development
  • Market Research
  • Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility

This course will be taught on-site.

Students are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the text book and exam revision books. 

You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery, including exciting trips to businesses.

This Business BTEC is assessed through assignments, tasks and written exams. The assessment methods for assignments include presentations, posters, video blogs/presentations, observations and various research projects.

The second year of this programme is the BTEC National Extended Diploma and that is the natural progression route, after which you could then advance to a Higher Education Business programme with Derby College Group by studying the Foundation Degree in Business and Management.

You could also consider going to university to gain a degree in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Law, Accountancy/Finance or Business Studies/Business Management, to name but a few subjects. Another option could be a Business, Customer Service or Team Leading apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Importers and Exporters


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DCG Success Stories

Kyle Traynor

Kyle Traynor

BTEC Level 3 Extended diploma helps Kyle is prepared for business degree

I highly recommend my level 3 course. It covers so much including finance, tax, human resources and the English legal system in relation to consumer protection and workplace rights. I also enjoyed doing the unit on the principles of management and leadership theory which looks at what makes a good manager. The personal finance unit was good too as it looks at what I’d need to study to become a financial adviser. It covers ISAs and other savings plans, budgeting, cost cutting and financial planning.

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Ashley Grell

DCG business lecturers provide “great support and quality teaching”

At Derby College we had regular one-to-ones with our lecturers. They were always there to help us and see if we were ok. I think it really helps you stay motivated when teachers guide you in your learning. Derby College teachers are equipped with the skills and acumen needed to teach other students, and the College should definitely be recommended more.

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Libbi Myers

Lockdown picnic box success for former Roundhouse business student

So many of the business skills I use every day were acquired on my course at Derby College. I learned so much about marketing and finance, and taking the course also gave me the confidence to start a business.

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Derby College “really good” for mortgages administrator Alison

Derby College is really good for me. At school I was always encouraged to go to university but it's not something I wanted to do. Really, I just wanted to go out and earn my own living and Derby College has helped me do that. Once I've completed my college courses, I'd like to do my industry CeMAP exams. I'd love to be a broker – either that or become amazing in administration and be somebody who knows all about mortgages.

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Aaron Curd

Business BTEC helps Aaron onto the property career ladder

The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.

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Luke Wilkins

Luke Wilkins

Derby College diploma equips Luke for business degree

I really liked the structure of my business diploma. The course covered everything from finance to marketing and equipped me well to study business at university. Taking business at A level would have given me a snapshot but not the bigger picture. I liked my tutors too and am still in touch with a few of them. I really do owe a lot my success to my time at Derby College.

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 26, 2024 4:10 pm