Level 3 90 Credit Diploma Business & Retail

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
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Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £4170, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Throughout this course you will explore business and retail and will have the opportunity to improve your commercial awareness with a work placement.

It is aimed at those with previous retail experience, those who currently work in retail, or those who have an interest in working in the industry.

Throughout the course you will study a wide variety of modules, which will provide you with a practical insight into this dynamic sector.
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A real vocational experience

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Take a tour around our Business & Retail facilities

Our business students use the college spaces to host events. Take a look around our Innovation and Enterprise Hub.



Business highs

Business students were pushed to their limits at Adrenalin, North Yorkshire.

Business charity dinner

Going, going, gone

Our Business students organised and hosted a successfull charity dinner.

Metro Centre

The science of shopping

During a trip to the Metro Centre our Business students analysed visual merchandising techniques.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise Competition

Our Business students took part in the Young Enterprise competition to get a taste of how to set up and run a business.


Making business cool

Our business students visited the award winning Archers Ice cream Farm in Walworth.

Enterprise day

Enterprise Day

Our business students gained a wider understanding of enterprise and the world of work.

Christmas Fair

Students showcase skills at charity Christmas Fair

Business and Vocational Access students raise money for charity at our annual Christmas Fair.

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Market stall manufacturing

Business and technology students worked together to produce a market stall for events.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise

Business students engage with local business people and develop their enterprise skills.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers

Over 100 students from business and sport enjoyed a start of term trip to Alton Towers.

Cotswold Manufacturing

Cotswold Manufacturing

Our business students met with the Commercial Director of award winning company Cotswold Manufacturing.


Experience Adrenalin

Business students experienced team building and outdoor activities at Adrenalin.  


Just the business

Our Business & Retail students took part in a special work placement programme to develop employability skills.


Fashion Statement

Business (Retail) students begin their work placement with Outfit.


Visual merchandising at Sainsbury's

Our Business & Retail students took part in visual merchandising training.

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Business Enterprise Day

Former student Katie Bulmer-Cooke visited the college as part of Enterprise Day.

Helping Hereos

Helping the Heroes

A vital element of the business programme is to offer students the opportunity to run events to develop their enterprise skills. 


Adrenalin Rush

Business students complete ITV1 Krypton Factor Assault Course

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Student entrepreneurs face the public

Business students took part in a trade fair at the Metro Centre as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

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Apprentice TV star returns to New College Durham to inspire students

Former student Katie Bulmer-Cooke visited the college as part of Enterprise Day.

ASDA support young entrepreneurs

Asda support young entrepreneurs

Asda Living Durham invited business students to raise awareness of the Young Enterprise scheme.


This course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to explore business and improve their commercial awareness with a work placement. Throughout the course, you will study a wide variety of modules, which will provide you with a practical insight into this dynamic sector.

It is aimed at students who have a passion for business, and have studied at subject at GCSE level.


The modules you will study are:
  • Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing a Business Event
  • Developing Teams in Business
  • International Business.


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by qualified teaching staff who have experience of working in the business world, or have ran their own business. You will receive written and verbal feedback for all assignments and continuous assessment throughout the course, to ensure you work to the best of your ability. Your lessons will include guest speakers and visits to industry, and will aim to stretch and challenge your knowledge.

Each unit typically consists of three or more assessments, to enhance your academic and work place skills, including:
  • Professional discussions
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Group work.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We have direct links to local and national businesses meaning you get to broaden your knowledge of the industry with guest speakers and visits to professionals. We encourage all students to take part in Enterprise Day - an opportunity for students to gain a wider understanding of enterprise and the world of work. They learn from other people’s experiences, asking questions and making new contacts.


You will be expected to attend a work placement for 37 hours. The work placement will directly link to employability sessions and enhance the knowlegde and skills needed to complete the course.

You could progress to FdA Business and Management at New College Durham.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

You will need to contribute £30 if you wish to take part in optional enrichment and extra curriculum activities, such as guest speakers, trips and visits.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview to assess your suitability to the course.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of four GCSEs at grade A*-C, including maths and English, or a Level 2 qualification in Business at Merit.