Extended Diploma in Business*


2018 entry

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This Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course for students who want to progress to higher education in business before entering employment.

On this course, you’ll learn the skills required to become a manager and to run your own business. You’ll cover areas such as campaign marketing, management, budgets & finance, international business, idea pitching and event management.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time


September 2018


UCA Epsom

Course overview:

This 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 be encouraged to analyse current businesses, things you see every day, and establish 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 which people will attend, amongst many other things.

The course has been designed in collaboration with employers and professional bodies from the work place 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.

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

*This course is subject to validation.

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Course connections

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

The 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:


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.


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.

When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2018. 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.

Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

Minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 preferably including: english, mathematics and creative subject

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

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject).

OR BTEC National Award.

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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