Level 3 Diploma Business

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2085 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This practical and exciting course will prepare you for a wide range of careers in business, or higher education study.

You will further develop your interest in business, and develop your knowledge through personal investigation. On completion of the course, you will have an understanding of how businesses work, and how to develop a business and make a profit.

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

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Business & Retail - A real vocational experience

Our full-time business and retail courses will give you the practical skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in this dynamic industry.

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A real vocational experience

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Climbing the ladder in business

Our business students headed off to the Yorkshire Dales for an action packed day at Adrenalin.


Business highs

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

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Going, going, gone

Our Business students organised and hosted a successfull charity dinner.

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The science of shopping

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

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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.

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Enterprise Day

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

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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.


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

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Young Enterprise

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

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Alton Towers

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

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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.  


Visual merchandising at Sainsbury's

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


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Business students complete ITV1 Krypton Factor Assault Course

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Business Enterprise Day

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

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An experience of retail

Business students visited Sainsbury’s at the Arnison Centre to apply their studies to a practical setting.

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Asda support young entrepreneurs

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

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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.

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Helping the Heroes

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

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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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Business student wins competition to help M&S expand their e-commerce sector.

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This course aims to help learners become occupationally ready to pursue a career in business, or undertake a higher education programme. You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts.


  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication.

Additional Units include:
  • Business Accounting
  • Creative Product Promotion
  • Market Research in Business
  • Internet Marketing in Business
  • Recruitment and Selection in Business
  • Development Planning for a Career in Business
  • Human Resources Management in Business
  • Managing a Business Event
  • Developing Teams in Business
  • Understanding Retailing
  • Visual Merchandising in Retail
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Business and the Economic Environment
  • International Business.


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

Teaching & assessment

You will complete a number of projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. All units are internally assessed and graded by teachers and verified by Edexcel. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Maths and English


Maths & English

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


You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement to develop your skills in a real working environment.



Maths & English

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

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Meet our students


James Thomas

Business student James has high expectations for his future after he completes his business qualification.

Kate Blackmore CS

Kate Blackmore

The Level 3 Business course helped former student Kate Blackmore to progress to a degree at Durham University.

Shaun Campbell

Shaun Campbell

Shaun used the knowledge and skills he developed on his business course and won a national competition with his employer.

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

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Refund Policy 19-20

View our refund policy for further and higher education programmes (page 2) and full cost courses.


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 Distinction.