The Pearson Edexcel National Foundation Diploma in Business is aimed at post-16 learners who wish to pursue a
career in business. The qualification aims to provide a wide-ranging study of the sector.
- students are required to have 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above
- as well as attending college to complete a qualification in your chosen area of study at L3 you will also be expected to attend a real work place environment which allows you to explore the vocational area fully. This work experience will be for 30 hours over the academic year and is an essential part of your qualification. Staff will discuss this with you further at interview.
This qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels. You will cover 13 units in total over the duration of the course. This qualification gives learners experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. The learning programme covers the following content areas and links to relevant occupational areas:
- business environments
- finance and accountancy
- marketing and advertising
- international business
- human resources
- business start-up and enterprise
- sales, retail and customer service
- clerical administration
The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff with a background in business. You will learn through
case studies, group work and presentations before completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace
situations. You will experience the world of work within the business sector through mandatory work experience.
This qualification includes 7 mandatory units and 6 additional units, 4 of which are externally set assessments
with exams. The other 9 units are assignment based and will be assessed through a variety of methods such
as written assignments, presentations, role plays and team activities. An overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction
or Distinction* is then awarded.
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting
admission requirements to many relevant courses. After this qualification, learners can progress directly into
employment, however it is likely that many will do so via higher study or apprenticeship.