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Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended National Diploma in Business - click course overview for fast track version. Click the link below for the full programme specification. 


This Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification and is validated, administered and verified by BTEC which merged with University of London Examinations to form Edexcel.

The aim of the BTEC Extended National Diploma is to provide students with a sound, basic business education, suitable for those seeking a range of careers in industry, commerce and public administration and thus enabling them to be more successful when seeking employment. It is a well regarded qualification for entry to Higher Education and advanced professional studies.

The Diploma offered by the college is the same one offered by all state FE colleges in UK. The learning methods utilised, enable students to take an active part in their own learning. Course tutors help to generate motivation and self-reliance, which stimulates interest.

Students will be assessed on their work during the course and through assignments set and marked by their titors.

It is, above all, a vocational course, designed to develop the skills of students to be able to solve problems, which are likely to arise in daily work. In addition, it enables students to continue their studies since it gives entry to a whole range of recognised UK degree courses. It is also possible to obtain subject for subject exemptions in other diploma and professional qualifications.


Students must be aged 18 years or over.
They must possess four GCSE's at grade C and above including English and Mathematics or an equivalent such as IGCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 qualification, or a BTEC first Diploma. Mature students (over 21 years of age) may be exempt from this requirement on grounds of experience.


The course can be completed in one year instead of the traditional two academic years.
There is a rolling programme so learners can start in September and aim to complete the Extended Diploma by July the following year or start in January and aim to complete the 120 credit Diploma by July.

The taught course is structured around formal classes, tutorials and workshops. In addition, students will be expected to undertake private study. Students will have to prepare at least three assignments every 6 weeks to complete the programme on time.

See the full list of fees & start dates  This course is now available as a fast track one year option. Also available in distance learning mode.


The course consists of a core of four mandatory units.

The four mandatory units (10 credits each) are as follows:

1.  The Business Environment
2.  Business Resources
3.  Introduction to Marketing
4.  Business Communication

Option units (10 credits each) currently being offered to students are as follows:

(Accounting pathway)

5.  Business Accounting
6.  Financial Accounting
7.  Management Accounting
8.  Accounting Systems

(General options)

12. Internet Marketing for Business
13. Recruitment and Selection in Business
16. Human Resource Management in Business
20. Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment
21. Aspects of Contract and Business Law
26. Managing Business Information
28. Business Project Management
33. The Impact of Communication Technology on Busioness
35. Supply Chain and Stock Management
40. Computer Applications for Financial Management

These are just some of the options available and students may choose their own pathways. See the full list of units available.

Completion of 18 units (180 credits), students will be awarded the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Business.
Completion of 12 units (120 credits), students will qualify for the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business. 
Completion of 9 units (90 credits), students
will qualify for the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Business.
Completion of 6 units (60 credits), students
will qualify for the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business. 
NOTE: each of the above qualifications require all four mandatory units to be completed.

Completion of 3 units (30 credits), students will qualify for the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Business.
NOTE: the above qualification require all three of the four mandatory units to be completed there being a choice between units 3 and 4.


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