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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course is ideal if you are thinking about a career in business management/enterprise. It will give you the essential business skills to help you find a job and work better once you have gained employment. It does not matter which industry you are interested in working in as business underpins most jobs you may want to do in the future whether working in a multi-national, small business, charity or your own business.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you will also participate in enterprise classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language and maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in a business qualification with at least a merit grade or higher.

We will request a school or college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

This course is assessed primarily through coursework, however there are two exam modules included in the programme.

Possible modules on the programme include;

Exploring Business

* Developing a Marketing Campaign

** Personal and Business Finance

Managing an Event

Recruitment and Selection

Market Research

* This module is assessed as a controlled assessment. You will produce a marketing plan under exam conditions.  Prior to sitting the assessment you will have the opportunity to research for the specific task set.

** This module is assessed as a two hour written exam.

- 41% of the programme is externally assessed.


How will I be assessed

59% of your overall grade will be achieved through coursework based assessments. These will be taught and assessed in the first half of the year.  The majority of the second half of the year will be studying and preparation for the external assessments included in the programme.


What next

Business students have gone on to become office managers, personal assistants and call centre operators. If you complete the Extended Diploma there is the opportunity to continue your business studies at University or specialise in marketing, accountancy, retail and management.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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