Extended Certificate in Business // Level 3

Based at our Queen Alexandra Campus, you’ll gain essential business skills from industry experts; giving you an introduction to business operations and management as well as key academic, research and communications skills needed to study the Higher National Certificate in Business qualification.

The business and professional services sector is predicted to expand and provide exciting employment opportunities with some of the country’s leading employers right here in the region. This course will set you up with the employability skills you need to succeed in a variety of business careers.

This is the course for you if you want to develop practical skills and a theoretical understanding of the world of business.

For the Extended Certificate you will study units in:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Recruitment and Selection Process.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4-9 (or alphabetic equivalent) or relevant business experience. 

You will also need to attend an informal interview with the course tutor. 

Study units

You will look in depth at business operations,  finance, marketing, and human resource management; and you may have opportunities to devise your own business activities.

In addition to the main programme, you may have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications, which are accredited by industry-recognised bodies.


Assessment is approximately 40% coursework and 60% assessment.

Progression and careers

This qualification is a great stepping stone into further study with the Higher National Certificate in Business or progression to a higher level apprenticeship.

Future careers include management, marketing, financial auditing, or human resources. 

Course detail
Start September
Level Level 3
Attendance Part-time
Duration One Year
Campus Coast Road Campus