Business with Law Level 3 Extended Diploma (with Career Academy)

Course Information

  • Course Code: BL329-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

The Business with 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 4 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

Learners will also have the opportunity to undertake a Research Project to gain an additional qualification equivalent to an AS level boosting their UCAS points and future opportunities.

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 and teamwork.

There are no examinations on this course.

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, progress on to:

  • Law LLB (Hons)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Foundation Degree FdA

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)

Human Resource Management by studying:

  • Business with Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

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. Course available include:

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


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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.