VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies

Qualification Information

Sector: Business and Customer Service Category: Business and Customer Service
VTCT Product Code: BU3D2 GLH: 500 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/1250/6 Units: 8 - 20 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2024
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the workings of business to enable them to embark on a career in specialist areas of business and management, either directly through work-based learning or through progression to Higher Education. It will appeal to those not yet working who wish to pursue a career within business and management disciplines but will also appeal to those within work seeking to both improve their understanding of the business world and to access progression opportunities.

What does this qualification cover?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies has been designed to provide theoretical knowledge and understanding which can be related to a range of business contexts, so that a broad range of learners can access the qualification. It is anticipated that the qualification will be taught through a variety of modes of study to suit the personal circumstances of the learner, including classroom teaching, distance learning packages and online learning. In all cases, it is intended that the knowledge and understanding be contextualised to real business examples through the use of case studies or the learner's own experience.
On completion of the qualification learners will:

- Have an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of business and management practice and will apply this to a range of business contexts
- Have developed critical analytical and evaluative skills in context of business studies
- Be able to progress to first line supervisory management, further study within work-based learning or higher education, train in specialist business areas, e.g. marketing and finance

To be awarded the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Business studies the learners must achieve all four mandatory units and a minimum of four optional units.

The core will provide a broad understanding of the nature of business and the business environment and in effective management within a business through units in:

- Principles of business
- Principles of management and leadership
- Principles of contributing to innovation and change
- Managing physical resources in a business environment

The optional units provide learners with an opportunity to specialise in four disciplines:

- Marketing
- Finance
- Leadership
- Human resources

To achieve the qualification the learner will be required to pass four optional units. These may be selected from a single discipline or a mixture of disciplines.

What could this qualification lead to?

The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment and or further training in a range of business disciplines, for example, in marketing, finance, human resources or management.
The successful learner will be able to progress to:

- Undergraduate studies either HND/C or Bachelor Degrees within Business Studies or other related specialisms such as finance, marketing, human resource management or leadership and management
- Work-based learning such as Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships
- Continue their professional development in employment

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBU127 L/615/5907 Business principles 3 75
UBU128 R/615/5908 Principles of leadership and management 3 75
UBU129 Y/615/5909 Managing innovation and change 3 75
UBU130 L/615/5910 Managing non-financial resources in a business environment 3 75

Optional Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBU131 R/615/5911 Principles of finance 3 50
UBU132 Y/615/5912 Introduction to accounting 3 50
UBU133 D/615/5913 Based finance costing 3 50
UBU134 H/615/5914 Financial appraisal of projects 3 50
UBU135 K/615/5915 Managing the marketing mix 3 50
UBU136 M/615/5916 Market research and analysis 3 50
UBU137 T/615/5917 Marketing strategies and plans 3 50
UBU138 Y/615/5926 Promoting products and services 3 50
UBU139 R/615/5925 Identifying human resource requirements for a business 3 50
UBU140 A/615/5918 Recruiting human resources for a business 3 50
UBU141 F/615/5919 Human resource management policy and legal dimensions 3 50
UBU142 T/615/5920 Managing the performance of human resources 3 50
UBU143 A/615/5921 Developing teams in a business 3 50
UBU144 F/615/5922 Motivation and leadership of people in business 3 50
UBU145 J/615/5923 Strategic planning 3 50
UBU146 L/615/5924 Entrepreneurism and business start-up 3 50

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Essex Training Solutions 07866 121121 Visit website Essex