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OCR Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Business

Want to start your own business? Learn how to make your ideas happen in today’s dynamic business environment? Understand how functional areas can support your success? Start developing your career in this sector by joining our Diploma in Business.

Why choose this course?

Directed at marketeers, accountants, human resource specialists, lawyers, managers, and entrepreneurs of the future; the course is as diverse as the subject area and really does have something for everyone! If you have ever wondered how a business operates in an ever-changing environment, then the Diploma in Business is the course for you. It will provide you with an understanding of how marketing, accounting, economics, law, and technology impact upon the decision-making process and how, through the management of these, a business entrepreneur can become truly successful. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge of management techniques; taking charge of running several different business events to translate the theory into practice.

The Diploma in Business will provide you with essential knowledge of how the UK and global environment impacts upon how a business plans and operates to ensure its success. It will enable you to acquire vital skills and the critical awareness necessary for managing teams and creating value for a business, whilst preparing you for career.  The course can provide a pathway both directly into a career in business as well at higher education studies in this and related subjects.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
2 years
Extended Diploma

Top Course Highlights

Acquire vital skills

Diverse progression opportunities

Experienced lecturers

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Learn from industry experts

You will be taught by people who have worked across a multitude of different industries and who can therefore bring the subject to life through their experiences.

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Develop work-related skills

You will develop work-related skills by taking part in role plays in relevant industry settings and gaining practical knowledge of administrative processes, event planning and project management.

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Industry links

Through visits and talks by industry specialists you will be able to further develop your knowledge and skills of current trends and market conditions.

What will I learn?

The course aims to give you a varied learning experience and will be a combination of a student centered approach to learning, involving research for assignments, guest speakers, lectures, group work and discussions and, where possible, visits. This will be supplemented by classroom lectures where the tutors will develop theoretical knowledge and the examination techniques required in order to ensure success in external assessments.

An experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have relevant industry experience, will support your learning.  You will need to be prepared to work hard independently, carry out in-depth research and sue a variety of sources of information to supplement your understanding.

You will study a range of units over the two years including:

The Business Environment Economics
Working in Business Accounting concepts
Business Decisions Change Management
Customers and Communication Principles of Project Management
Marketing and Marketing Research Responsible Business Practices
Marketing Campaign International Business
Human Resources Business Events
Delivering a business project
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Where will it take me?

Business is such a diverse subject that there are a wide number of progression routes available, ranging from studying the subject further in Higher Education, securing an Apprenticeship, or even starting your own business. Career options are varied and have included students progressing on to become stock market analysts, events managers, investment consultants and human resource specialists.

Many have successfully transitioned into the global market place working in Dubai, Australia and so on for global businesses.

Those with a more entrepreneurial mindset have set up a range of businesses including branding and digital marketing consultancies as well as recruitment agencies.

Higher Education studies across a diverse of range of courses are also an option with students successfully studying subjects such as Construction Management, Property Management, Criminology and Law to the more traditional areas such as Business Management, Fashion Marketing, Economics, Accounting and Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Assessment arrangements

Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort.  You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods.

Assessment is a combination of internal and external assessments; the internal assessments are moderated by OCR and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.  These will be awarded a number of points which will be added to the external assessments to calculate your final grade.

The external assessments are graded at Near Pass, Pass, Merit or Distinction.  There are three external assessments in each year.

There is a strong emphasis on the acquisition of skills which will prepare you for study at university or for entry directly into the business world.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 to include either English Language or Literature and/or Maths. A Level 2 Certificate at a Merit Grade or above in an appropriate subject can also be considered (plus English and/or Maths at Grade 4 or above).

Information & Support

We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into the topics they are studying. There are a wide range of materials available across the campus to support this ranging from newspapers, textbooks and the Moodle site. In order to prepare for each of the external assessments learners will be expected to revise from home and complete any homework activities set.

There will be regular 1:1 meetings with your tutor to review your progress and, where appropriate, you will be given the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions, tailored 1:1 support, as well as a variety of opportunities to stretch and challenge the ablest students. We encourage you to proactively engage with the support available in order to reach your full potential.

Awarding Body: OCR

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What you could earn

  • Marketing and Sales Directors
  • Financial Managers and Directors
  • Chartered and Certified Accountants
  • Financial and Accounting Technicians
  • Advertising Accounts Managers and Creative Directors
  • Financial Accounts Managers
  • Sales Accounts and Business Development Managers
  • Market Research Interviewers
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