Business - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Business

Attendance Full-Time


This qualification is ideal for those who want to work in a business environment whether it is working in a general office, local government such as schools or hospitals or whether you wish to work in a department store or hotel.

Every type of business environment requires the ability to be organised, use office equipment, work with others, deal with customers, answer the telephone, write letters or complete any other document required by a business and much more!

This course is ideal to gain the practical skills and knowledge to enter into the world of work and equip you for the challenges ahead.

Upon completion of the units you will receive a full level 3 Extended Diploma awarded by Pearson (Edexcel) who is a nationally recognised awarding body.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The course is aimed at anyone with a passion to be involved in marketing, finance, retail or an office administrative environment. You do not need any previous experience or knowledge in this area, simply be motivated with the desire to achieve.

It is particularly appropriate for those who want to progress onto Higher Education as upon successful completion of the qualification you will gain enough UCAS points to apply for a place at a Higher Education Institution.

Applications are welcome from 16 -18 years (NOTE - funding is not available for learners who will be 19+ on 31st August 2017)

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of this course you will gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.



Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

The course is delivered by staff who are highly experienced in the Business sector and will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to enter into the world of work and equip you for the challenges ahead.

People who work in the Business sector need a range of practical and academic skills. We will assist you to develop these skills and knowledge so that you can progress to the career of your choice in the future.

You will learn about:

  • Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Promotion Techniques
  • Market research
  • Internet marketing
  • Managing business events
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Stock control
  • Fashion retailing
  • Food retailing
  • Communicating via the internet
  • Website design
  • Online systems for business
  • Internet marketing

The programme also covers human resources and general management skills.

You will develop skills in:

  • Marketing products / services 
  • Advertising for staff
  • Hiring staff
  • Employment law
  • Customer service
  • Finances
  • Marketing and how to work with others
  • Using the internet
  • Managing people.

You will practice these skills through a variety of "hands on" tasks such as running the HCBS Retail Unit, marketing a promotional event and setting up mobile shops. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills within the community through fund raising events and volunteering opportunities.

Learning Methods

The information will be delivered through a combination of formal taught sessions and simulated activities.

You will be expected to participate in group work and individual tasks.

There will be a range of enrichment activities such as experience workshops, micro business surgeries and networking events that are attended by a wide range of local and national businesses, master classes from top entrepreneurs and the chance to work on real life business challenges set by companies.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written work, observations and simulated tasks within class as well as the projects you participate in outside of the classroom environment.

There are no examinations.

Progression Opportunities

You can progress into Higher Education or employment within a variety of business environments such as retail, sales, marketing, finance, event management or production.

Career Opportunities

You can use this qualification to progress into employment within a variety of business environments such as retail, sales, marketing, finance, event management or production.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including English and Maths or Level 2 at Merit level including English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above.

If English is not your first language, an English language test score of 5.0 is required.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email