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Business Foundation L3

Business Foundation Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    August 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • August 2021, Full Time


This course, which is equivalent to 3 AS levels, has been developed to provide a nationally recognised and vocationally specific qualification with which to enter employment, an apprenticeship or to progress to higher education. Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Through its study, students discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions. If you enjoy using figures and statistics, considering differing marketing techniques, looking at the bigger picture and the business world in a more analytical sense and evaluating the impact business theories can have on the business environment, then this course is for you. Students who enjoy problem solving and expressing their views through debating should consider this Business course as an option of study.

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs grades A-C or 9-4 including English (and Maths at minimum grade 4) or the successful completion of a Business Level 2 programme with a Merit grade or above with English and Maths GCSE A-C or 9-4 , and successful interview.


Assessment on this course is through a variety of methods including; assignments, external examinations, presentations, reports, observations and discussion. You will achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit and the overall grade for the course will be assessed on the level of achievement in all units. Two of the six units are externally assessed via an exam, with the remaining being assessed via coursework.


Students can continue on to Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business (equivalent to 3 A levels) depending on achievement and performance on the Business Foundation Diploma. Progression could also be to an alternative L3 Business course or to employment/apprenticeship or directly to HE/University depending on achievement and prior achievements.

Career Progression

Students can go on to university to study courses as diverse as accountancy, law, business, marketing, human resources, event planning, business management as well as joint courses combining Business with, for example, a language. Students also use the Business course to lead into Apprenticeships and career opportunities in areas such as; retail, customer service, banking, sales, marketing, administration and becoming an entrepreneur. Business can be applied to any career choice as it studies the working world.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 years and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.