BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Business - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma SF-BUSN3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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This Extended Diploma course at HSDC South Downs is designed to help you gain an understanding of business and how it operates. This course will develop your employability skills through an industry placement. There is also an opportunity to gain an Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project Qualification. You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on authentic workplace situations.  

This qualification has been approved by a number of professional bodies such as – Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). This course is suitable for you if you want to progress onto their approved courses at the appropriate level.


You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English Language and mathematics. Alternatively, you will have a BTEC or CTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade.

During the first year of your Extended Diploma you will complete six different units, two of these units will be assessed via exam. The remaining units will be assessed via the completion of assignments throughout the academic year. During Year 2 you will complete a further five compulsory units, two of which will be assessed via exam. Additionally, you will choose one pathway from the following options: Enterprise; Law; Finance; Marketing and complete two specialised units within your chosen pathway.

Year 1 Units

  • Exploring Business
  • International Business
  • Digital Marketing
  • The English Legal System
  • Personal and Business Finance (Exam)
  • Business Decision Making (Exam)

Year 2 Units

  • Managing an Event
  • Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign (Exam)
  • Principles of Management (Exam)


Pathway Options

Enterprise Pathway

  • Pitching for a New Business
  • Buying for Business

Finance Pathway

  • Investment Opportunities and Financial Planning
  • Effective Management of Personal Debt

Law Pathway

  • Aspects of Civil Liability Affecting Businesses
  • Aspects of Criminal Law Impacting on Business and Individual

Marketing Pathway

  • Investigating Retail Business
  • Creative Promotion


Your lecturers will use a variety of innovative learning strategies including blended learning, video and audio sessions, group discussions, industry professionals and employer site visits.

Developing practical business skills and the entrepreneurial mindset is at the core of our courses and the College Enterprise Society. Evolve work closely with students to achieve this via mentoring, support and guidance.

In collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, you will take part in a recruitment and selection day.


Assessment will comprise of three methods -internally assessed assignments, controlled assessment and examinations.

All units are assessed using a grading scale of distinction (D), Merit (M) and Pass (P). The combination of grades you achieve over two years will give you an overall grade spanning from PPP to D*D*D*. This grade can be converted into UCAS points.

The qualification will provide the opportunity to progress to higher-level apprenticeships, employment or to a higher education degree or HND course.

HSDC South Downs will organise industry placements with reputable employers within appropriate business sectors. The College has professional links with the following employers - BAE, Lockheed Martin, Southern Co-operatives, KPMG, Harwin, Victorious Festival, SSE and Aramark.

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student