Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




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Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Do you dream about becoming an accountant, a lawyer, a business consultant, or the next business leader? Have you dreamed about working in customer service, in marketing, or even managing large events? This course will act as a stepping-stone on your journey to your desired destination – whether that is employment, higher education, or starting your own business.

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The world of business is rapidly changing. CTEC have designed refreshing and exciting content that’s up to date, engaging, and fit for purpose through consultations with universities, employers and industry specialists to make sure learners  gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century. 

Learners will cover business enterprise and the functional areas of business, as well as financial awareness, how to complete market research, and marketing a business.  Academic skills as well as transferrable skills such as team working, use of initiative to solve business problems and communication will be developed that are desired by employers globally.

Through a range of written assessments, controlled assessments, project work and exams, learners will investigate businesses on a local, national and international scope; learning what the business world is all about.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in Year two is equivalent to three A-levels.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • Two GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy

This course will investigate the functional areas of business along with practical activities and learners will also be encouraged to participate in visits to local industry.

Units will include:

Year 1

The business environment:

Develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate in the way they do. Looking at a range of different types of business and business structures, how the ownership of a business and its objectives are interrelated and understanding the legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints under which a business must operate and how these  affect business behaviour. Learners will explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment, and the necessity for a business to plan as well as the influence different stakeholders can have on a business, and how to assess business performance.

Working in business:

Covering the essential skills and knowledge needed to work effectively within a business environment. Learners will cover how to schedule meetings, handle important documents, manage payments, prioritise tasks, and interact with stakeholders.

Business decisions:

Being able to make decisions effectively relies on gathering, processing and analysing the right information. Learners will explore what makes a good business decision, how to interpret data an investigate potential drawbacks and benefits before reaching a preferred decision. It’s all about making smart moves in the world of business!

Customers and communication:

Delve into the significance of communication within the business realm, exploring its purpose, methods and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. Business communication skills will be developed that will help create a rapport with customers and learn about the legal constraints, ethical and security issues that affect how businesses store, share and use information. 

Accounting concepts:

Develop essential skills and knowledge regarding the objectives of accounting and the procedures involved in generating final accounts.  Learners will consider the reasons for keeping accurate financial records and the importance of updating cash books and preparing bank reconciliation statements, preparing for work in areas of business and accounting which require accurate recording of financial transactions. 

Principles of project management:

Learn about the stages of project management, and the type of skills a project manager should have as well as the different planning tools available for project planning. Using this knowledge, learners will plan a project and prepare, complete and implement a project plan showing awareness of internal and external factors which might have an impact on the planning process.

Responsible business practices:

The concept of responsible business practices (sometimes known as corporate social responsibility) refers to how a business manages its activities to produce a positive impact on society. In implementing responsible business practices, business’ can be responding to legislation and regulations while others may take additional steps to also act ethically and support economic development, as well as improve the well-being of employees, their families, and the local community.

Business events:

Learn skills required to plan and make preparations for business events, support the running of events and evaluate their success afterwards.  The skills developed in this unit will prepare learners for small events such as meetings and interviews but skills acquired will also be invaluable in supporting larger scale events such as conferences, exhibitions and product launch events.

Year 2 

Marketing and market research:

Focusing on the role of market research in shaping marketing decisions and guiding business actions, learners will gain an in-depth understanding of primary and secondary market research methods and understand how they influence marketing decisions. Develop the skills of choosing the best market research methods for projects, conducting market research, analysing data gathered, and presenting findings effectively.

Human resources:

Looking at recruitment and selection processes from a business’ perspective. Explore different approaches that businesses can take to recruitment and selection and understand how hiring the right employees contributes to a company’s success.

Economics for business:

Introducing the basic economic principles of demand and supply and applying these to a range of markets, exploring different competitive market structures and learn how businesses behave within each structure.  Examine how shifts in the national economy and governmental policies affect businesses and gain an insight into key economic indicators like unemployment, inflation, and exchange rates, along with strategies for managing them. 

Change management:

Interpret quantitative and qualitative data to establish how effectively change is managed and how to support the implementation of change to meet organisational objectives. Learn how to gain the commitment of stakeholders which may involve managing resistance to change, both during and after implementation.

International business:

Gain an understanding of key decisions that businesses must make when deciding whether or not to operate internationally. Research a business and consider how it may benefit from operating internationally as well as the challenges that it may face; valuable experience should you wish to undertake further study in this area or follow a career in a business which either operates or aims to operate internationally. 

Delivering a business project:

Execute a team business project such as researching and launching a marketing campaign or organising a sponsored charity event, followed by evaluating the project’s success. Team roles and tasks need to be assigned to the correct individual in order to achieve objectives and collectively take responsibility for project management to ensure the successful planning, implementation, monitoring and control of the project.   

Plus two optional units in either Marketing or Accounting pathways.



You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Business Management, Events Management, Sales, Human Resources, Data Analysis, Retail Management, Marketing, Accountancy, Law.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

University routes of previous learners who completed this course:

  • Business Management
  • Business Administration
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Real Estate Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • There may be trips/expeditions required or optional as part of this course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 30/04/2024
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