Business & Marketing

Qualification: Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

Equivalent to three A-Levels this Business and Marketing course is a recognised route to university. You will gain an advanced understanding of how a business works and you will develop the skills and knowledge needed for working in a business or commerce environment.

The course aims to provide you with an in depth understanding of the operations and structures of businesses and also to equip you with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#

#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Managing an event
  • Visual merchandising
  • Market research

Year 2

  • International business
  • Principles of management
  • Business decision making
  • Investigating retail business
  • Creative promotion
  • Work experience in business

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


70% Practical/coursework - 30% exam

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (including English and maths) OR
  • Level 2 Diploma in Business (merit or distinction level) and GCSE in English and maths grade A*-C/9-4)
  • Mature students considered via interview and skills test

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 2 years Main
What next?
  • Degree at University
  • Work in retail, management, marketing, accountancy, banking, recruitment, human resources
  • Start your own business
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Industry competitions
  • Industry week activities
  • Work experience

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.