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Business (Law) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: BL329-Y2
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Start Date: 07-Sep-20
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

 Business (Law) Level 3 Extended Diploma is a 2 year course designed as a specialist programme for students who wish to have a wide range of options for pursuing a career in legal or business environment.

The course will equip you with the skills and qualifications required by employers and universities. Skills in Business and Law will be useful across a range of careers and industries and offer excellent progression opportunities. 

You will investigate real businesses; how they are structured, grow and trade; how the law can affect individuals and businesses; and the roles of the legal profession within the UK.

As a student, you will examine criminal and civil cases and how those cases fit within the English legal system. You will also have the opportunity to observe live court cases and visit London's finest legal institutions. 

Students that are successful in enrolling to the Career Academy will be able to access:-

  • Visiting speakers from the world of business
  • Mentoring schemes by employee volunteers
  • Six weeks paid internship
  • Employer-led seminars
  • The opportunity to visit a European organisation to study their business systems.
What will I study?

You will learn:-

  • How to run a business
  • Key marketing skills
  • How the legal system works
  • The importance of human resources
  • The legal aspects of management and retail

The course is made up of core units and a range of specialist units. These specialist units allow you to explore particular topics in more depth such as:

  • Aspects of Criminal Law affecting Business
  • Civil Liability
  • Legal Systems and Law Making
  • Contract and Business Law
  • Health and Safety Law


Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths or completion of a Level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

The course hosts a number of units and all of the subjects are marked by your course tutors. Projects are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction, or a Distinction* and include a variety of assesment modes; business reports, case studies, business projects, assignments, presentations, role plays, teamwork and exams.


What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. A triple distrinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A Level.

Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Students who wish to move into careers in Law and Business progress on to:

  • Certificate in Legal Studies 
  • LLB (hons) Law
  • Business Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Studies BA (Hons)
  • Foundation degree in Criminology


Your Study Programme

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Career Options


If you are interested in the law and want a career in legal work, this job could be ideal for you. As a solicitor it would be your job to advise clients about the law, and act on their behalf in legal matters. Your clients could be individuals, groups of people or companies.

There are different ways to become a solicitor and all involve academic and vocational training over several years.

To be a solicitor you will need strong spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to analyse large amounts of information. You will also need confidence and the ability to work under pressure


Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Barristers' Clerk

If you have a strong interest in the law, combined with good organisational skills, becoming a barristers’ clerk could be the right career for you. As a barristers' clerk, you would deal with the admin in barristers' offices and organise the workload of the barristers working there.

To be a barristers’ clerk, you will need good spoken and written communication skills. You will also need good time-management skills.

Most offices will expect you to have at least four GCSEs, although many barristers' clerks have higher qualifications such as A levels or degrees.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Paralegals specialise in one area of the law, carrying out a range of legal work. They are not qualified solicitors, though they can do a lot of the work that a solicitor does. This can range from administrative and legal secretarial tasks to research and provision of legal information to clients.

If you are interested in the law and want a career in legal work, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job you’ll need to have excellent spoken and written communication skills. You’ll also need to be able to work with all kinds of clients and work under pressure to meet deadlines.

To become a paralegal you’ll need a good standard of general education, and a good understanding of the law and legal system.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Court Legal Adviser

Court legal advisers (sometimes known as court clerks) in England and Wales are able to represent the Justices’ Clerk, and advise magistrates and District Judges. If you are a trained solicitor or barrister, and you can explain complex laws and procedures to non-experts, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need good organisational and research skills. You would need to be objective and non-judgemental. You would also need detailed knowledge of the law.

To get into this job you must have completed the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. You will need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Court Administrative Officer

If you are an organised person with good admin skills, and you would like to work in a legal environment, this could be the ideal job for you.

As an administrative assistant or officer in the HM Courts & Tribunals Service, you would help with the day-to-day running of the courts and their supporting offices.

In this job you will need to be accurate and pay close attention to detail. It is also be very important that you deal with people in a tactful and diplomatic way.

To get into an administrative job in HM Courts Service you will usually need at least five GCSEs (A-C) including English. Previous experience of administration work would be helpful.

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Business Adviser

As a business adviser you would give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow. You might advise on a range of issues including finance and marketing. If you want to use your experience to help businesses, this job could be perfect for you.

You will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. A positive, problem solving attitude will also help you be successful in this job.

To work as business adviser you need experience and a good track record in business management. Most business advisers have run their own business, or worked in management, finance or human resources.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Business Analyst

Business analysts work closely with companies and organisations to help them change and improve the way they do things. They work in many industries from IT and financial services to telecommunications and retail.

If you like solving problems, are good at analysing data and have excellent communication skills, this could be an ideal career for you..

There are several ways to get into this career. You can complete a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like business or IT, or you can use your experience and expertise gained from managing projects.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Business Development Manager

Business development managers are senior sales people who create opportunities for an organisation's growth. They find new customers and persuade existing ones to buy extra services. If you’re interested in sales and building relationships, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need excellent communication and IT skills. You’ll also need to work to deadlines and have an understanding of how businesses operate.

To get into this job, you'll need a good standard of education including maths, English and IT. Some employers may ask for a degree. Experience of sales or marketing is usually required. It may also be possible to start in a junior role and work your way up.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Human Resources Officer

If you enjoy working with people and you're looking for an office role, this could be the perfect job for you. Human resources (HR) officers, also known as personnel officers, look after hiring and developing employees. They look after their welfare too.

Most employers will want you to have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will also need to have a good standard of general education. Previous experience of office work would help.

To become a human resources officer, you need to be tactful and friendly. Sometimes you’ll need to be firm too. You will also need to be careful with confidential information.

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You will study in The Elizabeth building – an addition to the 1888 Old Victoria building, situated on the college campus, in the heart of Blackburn Town Centre.

You will also benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Blackburn College Business & Law students regularly implement business ideas to generate money for charities, and students often run a business publicity roadshow. We hold an annual Dragons’ Den event where students pitch their ideas to a panel of business delegates and students also benefit from regular guest speakers from the legal and retail management fields.

If you study at Level 3 you will also have the opportunity to join the Business Career Academy and gain a 6 week paid internship, an industry mentor and extra UCAS points.

Our tutors also organise social events to attractions such as Manchester United, Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as well as educational trips London’s Old Bailey, High Court and Houses of Parliament.