Key Details

  • Available at
    Bangor, Dolgellau, Pwllheli, Rhos-on-Sea
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    Business, Office and Customer Service Skills
  • Course Length

    1-2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Dolgellau
    • Pwllheli
    • Rhos-on-Sea

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like a challenging career in business? Could you benefit from useful, vocational skills? This course prepares you for a career in variety of business areas, including management, finance, law, retail and human resources. It also allows you to gain multiple qualifications and learn how to start your own business.

Do you aspire to be successful? Aiming for a career in business, Law, Finance, Retail, Management or Marketing? Are you thinking of starting your own business? If so, the BTEC Business Extended Diploma Level 3 is for you. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma equivalent to three A Levels.

  • Year One: achieve the 90 credit Diploma (1.5 A level Equivalent)
  • Year TWO: top up to the Extended Diploma

Marketing How do businesses compete in a fast paced and challenging environment? You will learn how businesses are using marketing to gain a competitive advantage and increase market share. You will learn how to understand and meet customer needs and develop marketing strategies using a range of creative media methods, which include social media platforms. Retail The retail environment is constantly evolving! Advances in technology and changing consumer demand is shaping the way retailers do business. Virtual shopping, consumer psychology and the use of the internet and social media are just some of the sector’s priorities. In this subject you will also learn about specific retailing sectors to include fashion and food. Management and Leadership How do businesses get the best out of their people? Not only will you be gaining skills in managing people and working with others but this topic will provide the opportunity for practical activities which include: participation in outdoor activities, opportunity for undertaking a leadership role and plenty of teamwork. Finance / Accountancy Learn about the purpose of accounting, the associated processes and its role in the managing of a business. Effective management of financial performance can provide opportunity for businesses to be more cost effective, more competitive and be more likely to ‘balance the books’. This element of the course involves using analytical skills through the development and interpretation of financial accounts. Law Learn how laws are developed and who the key people are within the legal system. This will introduce you to elements of business, contract and employment law through the use of real cases and practical application of the law. International Business Do you want to part of the next generation of global business leaders? Understand how to embrace the opportunities and challenges of international business and how firms operate and expand in an ever increasing global society.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit
  • Relevant industry experience

You will also require an attendance level of 86% in your previous year of study.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation


Completion of the programme can lead to a range of options in employment and education.

You could proceed onto a number of higher education programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • BA (Hons) Management and Business
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Management and Business
  • HND/HNC Business Studies

You could also take our AAT courses to train in accounting.

If you choose to progress directly into employment, you will be able to gain specialised administrative work in various public and private sector contexts. You may also use your skills and qualifications to develop a part-time or casual job into a profession. Alternatively, you could enter a management training programme to advance your career.

Would you like to apply for this course?