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Business — Level 3 Foundation Diploma

Business and Professional Services|Sixth Form

Course ID: 172885

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • 2 year course.
  • Level 3 Diploma.
  • Take part in work experience and boost your employability and skills.
  • You'll attend trips and complete activities that will help to broaden your knowledge.
  • We can help you to gain an apprenticeship scheme, or assist you in your career path.
  • Progress to higher education or to an Extended Diploma with us.
  • Learn in an inclusive, respectful and passionate learning environment.
  • Access support from our highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.

What to expect from the course

The Foundation Diploma is made up of six units – some core units that everyone must take, plus some specialist units that allow you to study particular areas in more depth.

The units cover:

• The Business Environment
• Developing a Marketing Campaign
• Personal and Business Finance
• Events Management
• Recruitment and Selection
• Work Experience

There are various trips and activities throughout the programme allowing you to use real experiences to frame your work.
As part of the course you will undertake a week’s work experience in a business setting, take part in mock job interviews and CV preparation & also work in a team to organise a college event.

In year one, four of the units are assessed through project and assignment work. Two of the units are assessed through exams. All units are assessed and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, and an overall grade for the qualification will be awarded.

The Extended Diploma is made up of seven units – some core units that everyone must take, plus some further specialist units which enable you to develop your knowledge further.

The units cover:

• International Business
• Principles of Management
• Business Decision Making
• Investigating Customer Service
• Pitching for a New Business
• Training and Development
• Market Research

The units provide an opportunity to study Marketing, Finance and Personnel subjects in more depth. In year two, five of the units are assessed through project and assignment work. With all the units we link your learning to real-life businesses. Two of the units are assessed through exams. All units are assessed and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, and an overall grade for the qualification will be awarded.


Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Business.
At the end of year one, you will then progress into year two to study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business which is equivalent to a further one and a half A levels, therefore providing overall an equivalent of 3 A Levels.

Why study with us?

The business studies department at City of Liverpool College is a growing department with passionate and dedicated staff looking to provide a first-class service based on their experience as examiners. You have a department with industry experience and experience in setting up and running a business. There are opportunities to explore the wider business community by having guest speakers into discuss real-life experiences. Studying in the city centre you will have access to a wide range of businesses to support your learning. The college has a dedicated work experience team to support you in finding work experience. We offer trips to well-known businesses across the region and have links with many apprenticeship providers.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

If you complete the Foundation Diploma you can progress onto the Extended Diploma.

Due the practical nature you will have a wide range of future opportunities available to you. You could choose to go on to university to study a wide variety of related topics such as Business, Law or Accountancy, or alternatively you could enter the world of work and specialise in Marketing, Finance, Sales and Personnel sectors.

There are also opportunities to enter the world of work via an apprenticeship scheme with the college having links to many local employers.

Example careers

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade C/Level 4 including either Maths or English Language at Level 4 or above.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19 or over and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

19 years old or over and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 2573.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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