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BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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Availability & Details

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

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This course 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 Project Qualification. You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on authentic workplace situations. 

This qualification has been approved by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), as suitable for learners wanting to progress onto their approved courses at the appropriate level.


You will need four 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.

On this Level 3 course at HSDC South Downs, you will study eight units:

Year 1

  • Exploring Business (Assignments)
  • International Business (Assignments)
  • Digital Marketing (Assignments)
  • Personal and Business Finance (Exam)

Year 2

  • Managing an Event (Assignments)
  • Recruitment and Selection (Assignments)
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign (Exam)
  • Principles of Management (Exam)

During Year 2 you will have the opportunity to enrol on a range of additional courses, including Digital Learning Garage and Microsoft Office Suite which will enhance your employability skills. 


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 students, 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), Pass (P). The combination of grades you achieve over two years will give you an overall grade spanning from PP to D*D*. This grade can be converted into UCAS points.

The qualification will provide you with the opportunity to progress onto an apprenticeship, employment or to a higher education degree or HND course.

HSDC South Downs organises 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.

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student