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Business Diploma

Business A-Level The Bedford Sixth Form

Qualification: Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma

This course consists of a variety of modules which encompass all the different factors needed when studying business. The diversity of the units is something which appeals to our students as it captures their interest, moving at a fast pace to engage and inspire.

This course is equivalent to three A-Levels and so counts as 2 of your potential options. It is recommended to be studied alongside one A-level course.

During the course there will be opportunities to attend guest talks from industry experts as well as take part in competitions and help businesses change through educational trips and visits.

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Year one course content

16 individual units must be completed over the two years and they are equally divided into year one and year two. In each year three of the units will be exam based with the rest being internally assessed.

Course Content

  • The business environment (exam)
  • Working in business (exam)
  • Business decisions (exam)
  • Customers and communication
  • Accounting concepts
  • Principles of project management
  • Responsible business practices
  • Business events

*Course content subject to change

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Year two course content

Course Content:

  • Human Resources (exam)
  • Economics (exam)
  • Change Management (exam)
  • Marketing and market research
  • Marketing strategy
  • Marketing campaign
  • International business
  • Delivering a business project

*Course content subject to change

Additional information

What does this course prepare me for?

It will provide you with the opportunity to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the business sector.

You will gain a number of transferable skills, including communication, presentation, ICT and numerical skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team.

Students who have been successful in their Diploma and their complementary A-Levels have gone on to universities such as Aston, Brunel, Birmingham City, Sheffield Hallam, Nottingham Trent and many more. You can check which universities accept this qualification by looking at their individual websites (you should look for the grades Distinction or Distinction*).

Course support and enrichment

During the course there will be opportunities to attend guest talks from industry experts such as the Chartered Institute of Insurance as well as take part in competitions with global brands like Subway and help businesses change through educational trips and visits.

Assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of external assessments (exams) and internal assessments (coursework) which will be assessed by your tutor and externally moderated.

If you are a hard-working, independent and self-motivated learner who enjoys research and producing pieces of work to a high standard, this course will suit you.

Year one assessment

The business environment – written exam (2 hours) multiple choice questions, short answer questions based on pre-released information and a case study section with varied questions.

Working in business – written exam (1 hour 30 mins) a series of short answer and case study questions with an emphasis on skills and actions.

Business decisions – written exam (1 hour 30 mins) a series of questions based on pre-released information.

The remainder of assessment in Year One (5 units) is internal and will be work set by teachers and moderated by OCR.

Year two assessment

Human resources – written exam (2 hours) a series of case study based questions.

Economics for business – written exam (2 hours) a series of case study based questions.

Change management – written exam (1 hour 30 mins) a series of questions based on a resource booklet given in the exam.

The remainder of assessment in Year Two (5 units) is internal and will be work set by teachers and moderated by OCR.

How to apply

Applications for the academic year 2022/23 are now open. You will only need to make one application and will be asked to select the subjects you wish to study within the application.

If you need help you can call us on 01234 291291 or email us. You should also look at the financial support we offer.

Apply now