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Subsidiary Diploma in Business

Ashington Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

The course is for those who wish to become involved in working in an office environment, it could be those who have aspirations to work in marketing, human resource management, event management, retail or a range of optional industries. The course is of great interest to those who are school leavers and are considering progressing their studies to secure the many apprenticeships available or are keen to further develop their studies studying at a higher level at college or wishing to attend a higher education establishment with the achievement of sufficient UCAS points. In addition this course is also suited to those who are working in a business environment and want to gain further understanding of their organisation's range of functions

Do I need any formal qualifications?

At least 4 GCSE's preferably including Maths and English at grade 4/5 or above or equivalent Should English not be your first language, an English test will be required. Previous Business Studies experience would be advantageous. Relevent work experience will also be taken into account as part of the application process

What will I study on the course?

Students will study:

Resources required for businesses


Communicating in business and the various forms a business uses

Promotion techniques used by a business

Market Research

How businesses manage events successfully

Internet marketing

Business accounting

Recruitment and Selection

Human resource management

How businesses form successful teams

Health and Safety

Contract and business law


The impact of communications technology on a business

Website design

Business ethics

The impact the Economy has on a business

Business planning

There will be a range of formal taught sessions and activities. As part of the programme, students will meet local business owners and take part in some work experience with local employers

Assessment is through a range of activities, projects both inside and outside college, observations and written work. A portfolio of work will be gathered and there are no written examinations for this course

This is a full time one year course. However, if you have not achieved both Maths and English to Level 2, you will be expected to complete these as part of the course.

Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business (QCF) Level 3

Students who have completed this course have successfully secured apprenticeship programmes/full employment with local employers or have progressed to the Edexcel BTEC Diploma in Business (QCF) Level 3.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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