Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies

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This one-year VTCT diploma course provides an understanding of how businesses work - allowing you, as an adult learner, to embark on a career in specialist areas of business such, finance, human resources or management.

Course Information

The course introduces you to a wide range of business contexts and will be taught through a variety of methods - including classroom teaching, independent study and some online learning. You’ll expand your business knowledge through real examples, as well as case studies and your own business experience.

To be awarded the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies, you will achieve all four mandatory units and a minimum of four optional units.

The course will be taught one day a week starting in September 2021 and will finish in June 2022.


Who is this course for?

This course is perfect if you’re an adult learner (19+) and want to expand your business knowledge and understanding - allowing you to embark on a business career or progress to higher roles within your current workplace.

The course is also aimed at employers who wish to develop existing staff and want them to gain a recognised Level 3 qualification whilst doing so.

Units / Modules

The core programme will provide a broad understanding of the business environment, effective management and the nature of business, with units in:

  • Principles of Business
  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Principles of Contributing to Innovation and Change
  • Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment

The optional units provide learners with an opportunity to specialise in marketing, finance, leadership or human resources.

Benefits / Skills

On completion of the qualification you will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles underpinning business and management practice, and will apply this to a range of business contexts
  • Develop critical analytical and evaluative skills in context of business studies
  • Be able to progress to first-line supervisory management, further study within work-based learning or higher education, and train in specialist business areas, e.g. marketing and finance

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at Grade 4; and/or appropriate work experience

Career Progression

  • Further study such as a HND/C or degree course at university
  • Apprenticeship
  • Higher job roles in the existing workplace or new role

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1 year

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Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

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