Business Level 3 National Certificate

No matter what career you decide to follow in the future, you will be involved in the business world in some way!

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Farnham College

Business offers students the opportunity to study different types of businesses in different industries. It looks at why they exist, how they are set up and how they are run.

This is a one-year part-time year course which can be studied alongside other subjects.

You will learn about the structure of business organisations and the processes involved in planning, setting up and running a business venture, such as: management and human resources, finance, marketing, basic economics and ethics, and the importance of innovation and creativity in business.

This course develops and enhances your professionalism in a business context. It develops personal skills alongside knowledge acquisition and its practical application.

You will learn about the legal forms of business ownership, financial accounting, business documentation, communication in businesses, the structure interpretation and use of financial documents, and how they are used in a business environment.

You will also learn how to develop a marketing campaign. From setting objectives, understanding external and internal influences, setting and working to a budget, developing marketing messages and measuring success.

As this course is 50% coursework and 50% an exam, this course if for learners who prefer a mixture of assessment methods.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in business studies, economics, politics and finance.

  • Delivered by industry experts
  • Modern teaching and learning facilities
  • Wi-Fi enabled campus
  • Exciting business excursions and trips
  • Excellent progression routes to university or a professional career
  • Expert guidance for university applications and careers advice
  • Our class sizes are smaller, so you’ll make friends more easily and benefit from one-to-one support

Unit 1: The business environment>

Unit 2: Developing a marketing campaign

A challenging, enjoyable course taught using modern teaching and learning facilities within a WIFI enabled campus


You will be set homework throughout your study and will be expected to support your lesson time with additional subject reading.

You could progress on to higher education, employment or an Apprenticeship.

  • Entrepreneur
  • Accountant
  • Business Owner
  • Marketing Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • And more!

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English Language.

Which subjects combine well with Business? Business combines with any other arts or science subjects but in particular Maths, English, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology complement the subject well.

Calculator and textbooks are required

Explore your career progression options

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You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Farnham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education

  • 65+

    years of teaching experience

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