Business with Law Level 3 Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: BL328-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

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

Through this course you will investigate how live businesses are set up, how they grow, and trade their poducts and services. You will study the role of the legal profession within the UK, how the law affects individuals and businesses, and examine real criminal and civil cases. You will have the chance to investigate and witness how cases are dealt with through the English legal system. 

One of the many exciting parts of this course is being able to attend live court cases and visit leading legal institutions including London's Old Bailey and The Houses of Parliament.

You will also focus on developing employability skills that will help you enter a career within the Legal sector; Marketing; Management; Administration; Customer Services; Accountancy; Human Resources; or as a self-employed business owner, and many more...

What will I study?

You will study a variety of units, including:-

  • Introduction to marketing
  • Business communications
  • Criminal law
  • Aspects of the legal system
  • Aspects of civil liability
  • There are four mandatory units:-
  • Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

Additional units will be studied such as:-

  • Criminal Law
  • Aspects of the Legal System
  • Aspects of Civil Liability
  • Functional Skills (Literacy, Numeracy and ICT)

Learners will also study GCSE to resit their grade D Maths and/or English

Entry Requirements

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

How will I be assessed?

All the units are assessed through assignments that are set and marked by your tutors. Your assignments are graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* and includes a variety of assessment methods including assignments, projects, case studies, presentations and teamwork.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 programme, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. Many students progress to the 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 Business elements of the Extended Diploma and wish to move into business related areas can progress on to a range of subjects. You could choose to specialise in Accountancy by studying:

  • Business Accounting BA (Hons)

You could choose to specialise in Human Resource Management by studying:

  • Business with Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

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. Course available include:

  • Business Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Studies BA (Hons)


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Career Options


  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

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


  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40+ hours per week

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 Administrative Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Court Legal Adviser

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

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

Barristers' Clerk

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

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

Criminal Intelligence Analyst

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Criminal intelligence analysts look at crime information to identify patterns of criminal activity. In this role you’ll look at data from anti-social behaviour to corporate fraud, as well as violent and organised crime.

To do this job you’ll need a good eye for detail and a good memory. You’ll also need great communication and presentation skills. If you enjoy carrying out investigations and analysing records, this role could be perfect for you.

Employers usually ask for GCSEs, especially maths and English. Some may ask for one or two A levels, or experience in data and information work. A lot of people who enter this role have a degree in a related subject. It may be possible to start out in this role through an apprenticeship scheme.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Business Adviser

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

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 Development Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 40 hours per week

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

Insurance Account Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Insurance account managers, also known as relationship managers, develop business accounts and increase the sales of their company's insurance products. As an account manager it will be your job to persuade agents like insurance brokers and independent financial advisers to sell your policies to their customers.

If you have good communication skills, and you enjoy working with different people and making presentations, then this could be the career for you.

To get into this job, you will need some related work experience, and it will also help if you have GCSEs in maths and English. You can then move up by taking training courses run by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you may be able to get into this job through a graduate training scheme.???

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


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.