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Business Foundation Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2022

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2022, Full Time


A nationally recognised and vocationally specific qualification in Business. Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Through its study, students discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions.

If you enjoy using figures and statistics, looking at the bigger picture and the business world in a more analytical sense and evaluating the impact business theories can have on the business environment, then this course is for you. Students who enjoy problem solving and expressing their views through debating should consider this Business course as an option of study.

This course, which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, has been developed to provide a nationally recognised and vocationally specific qualification with which to enter employment or to progress to higher education such as a degree in business/and or management or an associated specialist field.

The course consists of six units, covering the core business areas of marketing, finance, leadership, human resources and operations. As part of the course students will be expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience where teacher observations and work place/supervisory observations will take place.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs grades A*-C or 9-4 including English Language and Maths at minimum grade 4 and a successful interview. Or the completion of a Business Level 2 programme with a Merit grade or above, completion of pre interview task and successful interview.


Assessment on this course is through a variety of methods including; assignments, external examinations, presentations, reports, observations and discussion. You will achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit and the overall grade for the course will be assessed on the level of achievement in all units. Two of the six units are externally assessed via a exam, with the remaining being assessed via coursework and the successful completion of work experience.


Students can continue on to Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business (equivalent to 3 A levels) depending on achievement and performance on the Business Foundation Diploma.

Students can also go on to university depending on achievement and prior achievements to study courses as diverse as accountancy, law, business, marketing, human resources, event planning, management as well as joint courses combining Business with, for example, a language.

Career Progression

Students also use the Business course to lead into Apprenticeships and career opportunities in areas such as; retail, customer service, banking, sales, marketing, administration and becoming an entrepreneur. Business can be applied to any career choice as it studies the working world.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.

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