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Business Foundation Programme


For the aspiring entrepreneurs and future leaders, a career in business is consistently a popular choice.

At Parkside Sixth, you’ll learn practical, work-related skills and by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will learn about business from experienced tutors and become fully prepared for the world of work by developing key industry skills.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is an Applied General qualification. 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are a vocational qualification, which holds the learner at the centre, via a flexible, unit-based structure and use of project-based assessments. Students develop their practical, interpersonal and thinking skills, resulting in students ready to embrace a successful future – be that an apprenticeship, work or university. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. It is equivalent in size to three A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme. 

Learners who wish to take this qualification will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications. The qualification aims to provide a wide-ranging study of the sector. It is primarily designed for learners studying full time in the 16–19 age group, who wish to pursue a career in business, primarily via higher education to access graduate entry employment with businesses, or alternatively through junior business employment. Students who complete this course will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in a business environment in working life, for example:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and systematically
  • The ability to give coherent and confident presentations
  • The ability to both lead and act as an effective team member
  • Skills in writing reports, analysing data and creative development

Following completion of this course, students may progress to further vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher Nationals, or degree courses in relevant areas such as BSc (Hons) Business and Management, BSc (Hons) International Management or BSc (Hons) Marketig.

What will you study?

There are 7 mandatory units:

  1. Exploring Business
  2. Developing a Marketing Campaign
  3. Personal and Business Finance
  4. Managing an Event
  5. International Business
  6. Principles of Management
  7. Business Decision Making

And a choice of optional units including:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Creative Promotion
  • Pitching for a new business

How will you be taught?

We believe that the best way of learning is by taking a practical approach, so we work hard to ensure that the course realistically reflects the world of business and gives you hand-on commercial experience. 

How will you be assessed?

Three of the core units, and all of the optional units, are assessed through coursework (internally marked and externally verified).

Personal and Business Finance is assessed through an exam.

The units Developing a Marketing Campaign, Principles of Management, and Business Decision Making are assessed under supervised conditions, with an information pack being released to learners a week before a timed assessment is carried out.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English and Maths.

Learn Transferable Skills

The skills you learn on a business programme can be easily transferred and adapted to just about any future career or job position imaginable. We place a huge focus on teaching students how to think critically, problem solve in innovative ways, and manage their time logically.

Balance Practice and Theory

If you’re the type of learner who gets overwhelmed by too much theoretical discussion in the classroom or bored with too much practice and not enough theory, guess what? A programme of study in business can offer the perfect balance of both practice and theory.

Improve Communication Skills

At our Business and Enterprise School, you’ll learn valuable communication skills that will be useful in any future job. From learning how to write coherent reports to learning how to read body language and practice active listening, you’ll strengthen your ability to relate to and speak with the people around you.

Become Your Own Boss (Eventually)

Who doesn’t dream of someday being able to work as their own boss? The skills you learn on our business programme can help to make that dream a reality.