Level 3 Extended Diploma Business

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 3
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
New College Durham
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3301 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will prepare you for study within higher education or progression to a career within the dynamic business sector.

It will enable you to study the concept of business from a vocational and professional viewpoint. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of business areas such as the business environment, internet marketing, business accounting, visual merchandise and starting a small business.

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.

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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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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.


Fashion Statement

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

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.  


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.


Adrenalin Rush

Business students complete ITV1 Krypton Factor Assault Course

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. 

ASDA support young entrepreneurs

Asda support young entrepreneurs

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

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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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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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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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Bright spark student wins competition

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


This course will ensure you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the business 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.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Additional qualifications will be included within the learning programme to provide you with a broad range of skills. A range of assessment methods are used including assignments, time-constrained assignments, case studies and observation of performance.

Maths and English


Maths & English

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

Industry links:

You will take part in the Young Enterprise competition, to get a taste of how to set up and run a business. One of our previous teams attended the area final at Beamish Hall Hotel and we are pleased to announce that they were crowned winners of the best business presentation.

Enterprise Day is an opportunity for you to gain a wider understanding of enterprise and the world of work. You will 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 knowledge and skills needed to completed the course.

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

Meet our students

Luke Richardson CS

Luke Richardson

Previous Student, Luke Richasrdson describes his time at college as successful, enjoyable and friendly.

Harriet Sorby

Harriet Sorby

Harriet had heard great things about New College Durham and wanted to pursue a career in business.

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

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college.
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Entry Criteria

Places on the Level 3 Extended Diploma are subject to minimum grade requirements (4 GCSE's at A*-C including English and Maths) as well as BKSB assessments in English and Maths and free writing exercise, to be held during the induction period.