Extended Diploma in Business*

Pre-degree - UCA Epsom - 2019, 2020

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This Extended Diploma in Business at UCA Epsom is a two-year, full-time course for students who want to progress to higher education in business before entering degree level education or employment. The course is the equivalent of three A-Levels and has 13 units which cover a wide range of areas within the business world. 

On this course, you’ll develop essential skills required to become a manager and to run your own business. You’ll cover areas such as how to set up your own company, account management, finance, human resource management, commercial law, marketing, events management and customer service. 

You’ll be encouraged to analyse current businesses, considering what they’re doing well and not so well. Within the course you’ll develop a marketing campaign for an international brand, pitch your business idea to potential investors, learn how to manage people effectively and organise an event, amongst many other things.

The course has been designed in collaboration with employers and professional bodies from the workplace to ensure that the content is up to date and relevant, helping you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that are highly sought after by the industry.

To incorporate a real sense of the business world, there will be a mix of team work as well as individual work. You’ll share your own ideas, listen to others and contribute in a group setting, because the best teams always have members with different ideas.

This course is part of our Business School providing a unique opportunity to study business within the creative industries and work with students studying creative programmes within one of the leading creative Universities in Europe.

On completion of this course, you will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business.

*This course is subject to validation.

Length of study:

Two years full-time


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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

5 GCSE A*-C and/or grade 9-4

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3 April 2019

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Course details

  • Year 1

    You’ll spend the first year developing essential business skills, including an understanding of the skills required to set up your own business, account management, finance, human resource management, business law, marketing, events management and customer service.

    You'll study the key specialisms that include: 

    • Exploring Business
    • Developing a marketing campaign
    • Personal and business finance
    • Managing an event
    • International business
    • Principles of management.

    This year will enable you to learn the fundamental business skills and knowledge and enable you to make an informed choice for specialist study in year 2.

  • Year 2

    As you enter the second year, you’ll work alongside students from within the University and undertake relevant work experience. You will have opportunities to work on several ‘live’ assignments that will utilise and develop your business skills.

    In addition, units have been designed to support progression to business courses in Higher Education, and to compliment relevant occupational areas. These include:                                        

    • Business decision making
    • Human resources
    • Accounting
    • Marketing.
  • Fees

    Currently, if you are an UK or EU student under 19 years old on the 31 August before your course starts, you don’t have to pay any tuition fees. 

    Additionally, you don't have to pay tuition fees if you are an UK or EU student aged between 19-23 on the 31 August before your course starts, and you are studying for your first full level 3 qualification.

    The fees for 2019 and 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

Business School

The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


At our Epsom campus there are studio spaces for the pre-degree and foundation courses; digital media suites with both Macs and PCs loaded with design and business software; photography studios; open access print studios; and a modern library with a wide range of books, journals and digital resources

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Further study

    This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers. From here, you can look to progress on to courses such as:

    Or, if you prefer, take a more creative route into business through courses such as:

  • Diploma 2 Degree scheme

    As part of our Diploma 2 Degree scheme, you’re guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate degrees if you pass this diploma. The process is simple and stress-free, letting you bypass lengthy application processes and avoid UCAS fees. There’s also no need for you to attend an interview.

    More details about the scheme can be found on the Diploma 2 Degree pages.

  • Careers

    After this qualification, you can also progress directly into employment. This could include junior business roles in areas such as marketing, administration, finance, events management, human resources, and other related areas in the business sector, including Higher Apprenticeships.

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When to apply:

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March. We guarantee that we'll consider all applications received by this date. If places are still available after this date, we'll consider late applications.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

Minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 preferably including: business, art, design, media, or related creative subject, English language and mathematics.

OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area.

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject).

OR BTEC National Award.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Your portfolio

This is not a design course and a portfolio of artwork is not essential for all students. At your interview you will be asked to provide evidence that shows an interest and/or ability in either design, business or retail. This could include: creative work in a variety of media including digital; written work that shows an understanding of any of the following: business planning, business structures and organisation, product/ brand analysis, marketing or merchandising; promotion and advertising using print or social media.

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