Business with Accounting Level 3 Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: BL300-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

The Business and Accounting Level 3 Diploma is a 2 year course designed to equip you with the skills and qualifications required by employers and universities. 

You will develop skills in communications and creative thinking, and IT and numeracy.

This course is structured to provide you with practical skills that are relevant to working within a professional environment and you will study the folllowing units;

  • Introduction to marketing
  • Business communications
  • Business accounting
  • Computer applications for financial management

Ideal for a career within Accountancy; Marketing; Management; Customer Service; Information Communication Technology; Administration; Human Resources; Self-employed business owner and many more...

What will I study?

You will study units in :-

  • Introduction to marketing
  • Business communications
  • Business accounting
  • Computer applications for financial management
  • Management accounting

There are four mandatory units:-

  • Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

Additional units will be studied such as:

  • Accounting Systems
  • Creative Production Promotion
  • Business Communications
  • Business Accounting
  • Computer Applications for Financial Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Functional Skills (Literacy, Numeracy and ICT)
  • GCSE English or Maths

You will also have the opportunity to study Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies (IFS)

Learners will also have the chance to resit their GCSEs in Maths and/or English if they achieved a D Grade

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths at Grade D/3 or completion of a Level 2 Business course.

How will I be assessed?

All units on this course are assessed through assignments that are set and marked by your subject tutors. Your assignments are graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* and include a variety of assessment methods: business reports, case studies, business projects, assignments, presentations, role plays and teamwork.

There are no examinations on this course.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed the Level 3 programme, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. 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 have enjoyed the Accounting elements of the course and wish to move into business related areas can progress on to a range of courses:

  • Business Accounting BA (Hons)

Alternatively, you may wish to move into another Business related area. You could choose to specialise in Human Resource Management by studying:

  • Business with Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

You could choose to specialise in Retail Management by studying:

  • Retail Management Foundation Degree FdA

Or you could choose to take a more general Business qualification which lets you experience a range of areas including: Accounting, Marketing, Business, Human Resource Management and more. Courses available include:

  • Business Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Studies BA (Hons)
Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Accounts Clerk - Bookkeeper

  • £
    15,000
    + starting salary
  • 30 - 40 hours per week

Accounts clerks, also known as finance clerks or bookkeepers, work in all types of businesses and organisations, keeping financial records up to date and helping to prepare accounts.

If you're an organised person with a head for figures and have good computer skills, this could be a job that you would really enjoy.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Management Accountant

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Management accountants are responsible for managing a company's finances. They look after a company's accounts. They also find ways of improving profitability and growth. So if you are interested in finance and business, this could be just what you're looking for.

To do this job you will need to have good maths and computer skills. You’ll need accuracy and attention to detail. You’ll also need good communication skills.

To start working you will have to finish training with one of the professional bodies. Most management accountants choose to do this with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Public Finance Accountant

  • £
    17,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you have maths and computer skills, and you like analysing and solving problems, this job could be ideal for you.

As an accountant working in the public sector, you would play an important part in making sure that public money is spent properly in organisations like government departments, local authorities, housing associations, charities, the NHS or universities.

In this job you would need to work logically and methodically. You would need to know about business and public policy. You would also need to be a good communicator.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Private Practice Accountant

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Accountants working in private practice provide accountancy services for clients. They handle tax, carry out audits and advise clients how to improve their business finances.

If you enjoy working with figures, can pay close attention to detail and want a career in business, this could be ideal for you. You’ll also need good communication skills to explain technical financial information clearly and to work with people at all levels.

To become a qualified accountant you will need to qualify with a professional body after completing a degree or by training on the job.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Financial Adviser

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Financial advisers help their clients choose the financial products and services that best meet their current and future needs. As a financial adviser, you could advise your clients on the right investments, savings, pensions, mortgages or insurance products.

To succeed in this role, you need to be able to explain complex information clearly and simply. If you are interested in finance and you want to help people to get the best out of their money, this could be an ideal job for you.

You can become a financial adviser by taking a qualification in financial planning that is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You will usually take this qualification through your employer. It will help if you have GCSEs in English and maths, and some relevant work experience in customer service, sales or finance.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Banking Customer Service Adviser

  • £
    12,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a customer service adviser in a bank or building society branch, you would be a customer's first point of contact. If you enjoy talking to a wide range of people and you are interested in finance, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a banking customer service adviser, you will need to have excellent communication and 'people' skills. You will need to be honest and reliable. You will also need good maths skills.

Some banks may ask for four or more GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Others may not ask for any qualifications but will ask you to pass an entry test when you apply.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Bank Manager

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As the manager of a bank your role would cover managing a team and increasing sales of financial products and services. You would also be responsible for attracting new customers. So if you are interested in finance and want a management role, this could be ideal for you.

To become a bank manager, you will need to have excellent communication and ‘people’ skills. You’ll need to be able to lead your staff. You’ll also need to be able to understand financial product rules.

To become a bank manager you could join a bank’s graduate management training scheme. Alternatively, you could work your way up to branch manager from other jobs within a branch's operations or by taking a Higher Apprenticeship in Banking.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Money Adviser Or Debt Counsellor

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Money advisers, sometimes known as debt counsellors, help people whose debts have become too large or difficult for them to handle. In confidence, they offer free and unbiased advice on managing money and coping with debt. They often deal with creditors and courts on their clients' behalf.

If you can get on well with people and would like to help them with their money problems, this job could suit you.

In this job you will need to communicate well and listen to people’s situations without judging them. You will also need to negotiate with a range of people such as clients, creditors and courts.

To get into a paid job you would usually need at least a year's experience as a volunteer. A background in consumer advice, welfare rights or debt recovery may also help you.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Accounting Technician

  • £
    15,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As an accounting technician, you would deal with accounting and finance matters in all types of businesses. In larger companies you would work as part of an accounts team. In a smaller firm you might be responsible for dealing with all wages and invoices.

If you enjoy working with numbers, and you are interested in business and finance, this career could be ideal for you.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Facilities

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 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.

There will be an opportunity to study an additional unit in IFS – the Institute if Financial Services to gain extra UCAS points.

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.