Practical Vs Theory
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is a two-year programme consisting of thirteen units, seven of which are mandatory and four externally assessed units, the rest are optional units which allows you to progress onto a Degree course, or to provide you with skills to find employment or a higher apprenticeship. Students choosing to study this course are taught by experienced lecturers, often specialists in their field. This qualification is equivalent in value for UCAS of 3 ‘A Levels’.
This course is best suited to those looking to develop business and entrepreneurial skills. The range of topics the course covers includes; financial and management accounting, marketing, internet marketing, events and team management, web design strategy, business ethics, economics, retail management, human resource management, supply chain and health and safety amongst others.
What Does The Programme Include
The curriculum for the Air and Defence Career College is packed with enrichment activities ranging from expert guest speakers from our industry partners , to existing visits to RAF bases and industry workplaces, along with residential visits and adventure training.
You will undertake 30 hours of work-related activity linked closely to the Defence industry.
You will participate in activities around Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) and complete the Industrial Cadets Award.
You will participate in general and trade RAF station visits, along with a week-long residential visit developed by the RAF.
You will also participate in outdoor and adventurous activities, including high/low ropes activities; climbing and canoeing.
Students choosing to study this course are taught by experienced lecturers, often specialists in their field.
These are some of the main types of internal assessment. We use a variety of techniques to support all learning styles:
- written reports
- creation of financial documents
- posters, displays, leaflets
- recordings of interviews/role plays
- working logbooks, reflective journals
- presentations with assessor questioning
You will also undertake one week’s worth of week experience each year which is related to your course units which will allow you get a real hands-on experience of industry issues. Year 1 is a retail based experience and in year 2 we ask you to find an experience you think you want to try for your future, whether it be Marketing, Accountancy, Event Management, HRM, Business development, Operations management, or any area of business that interests you.
5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/B or above.
Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English and Maths.
This course requires an interview/informal chat with the course leader for the Air Defence part of the programme, before a place can be offered.
A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.
We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.
One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):
- Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — subject to course availability
- Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard — subject to course availability
- One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any further questions.
How The Course Will Be Assessed
Air and Defence College assessment will follow BRTC (basic recruit training course) attitude goal requirement at Grade A throughout your study. In addition you will prepare and sit the Airman Selection Test (AST) for entry in to the RAF should you wish to do so. You will also participate in the Industrial Cadet Aware written assignment, presentations and practical tasks, alongside other personal development focused projects.
You are assessed via assignments which are set in each unit throughout the College year. All assignments contain mandatory Pass criteria relating to the specific unit content. Higher criteria (Merits and Distinctions) are available to stretch and challenge you as a student.
Assignments vary between group and individual work, with many different assessment methods employed in order to reflect the real world of work and all classwork and assignment work is available on Google classroom to ensure students have access to their work on a 24⁄7 basis.
All units studied are supplemented with enrichment activities such as guest speakers, trips and cross curricula activities and students are expected to undertake one week of work experience each year.
In Year 1 you will undertake one externally assessed controlled set assessment and one external examination, with all other units assessed internally.
In Year 2 you will undertake two external examinations, with all other units internally assessed.
Internal assessments include both individual and group work to enhance your learning experience.
Trips, visits and guest speakers are an essential part of your course and they develop your knowledge of different career opportunities and allow you to add to the skills you are learning at College.
You will visit The Bank of England and Houses of parliament to gain insightful knowledge of how the UK economy works and to understand the impact that Government has on business and their activities.
You will also visit several industry based businesses relevant to the course. You will work with and visit Bishop Grosseteste University to discover their new and innovative Enterprise degree.
You will participate in Enterprise challenges and create your own small business, we also actively encourage you to take part in industry lead competitions such as Start-up Stamford, Institute of Financial Studies, The Times Young economist of the year, plus other competitions as they arise. You will meet successful business people from different business sectors and backgrounds to inspire you and get top tips for future employment.
Potential Future Career
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to join the RAF. If you decide to not enter the RAF, you can still progress to further study such as the HND in Business at University Centre Stamford or other Business Degrees at University. You could also enter employment in junior business roles in Marketing, Administration, Finance, Events Management or Human Resources.
The units you will study include:
- Exploring business
- Developing a marketing campaign
- Personal and business finance
- Managing an event
- Visual merchandising
- Recruitment and selection
- International business
- Principles of management
- Business decision making
- Final accounts for public limited companies
- Digital marketing
- Pitching for a new business
- Investigating corporate social responsibility
Studying at the college has provided me with skills to secure an unconditional offer to study Marketing and Advertising at Leeds Beckett University.