Programme specification:

Pearson BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (QCF)

Awarding body : Pearson

Qualification descriptors used in the national qualifications frameworks:

This course follows the UK national Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Teaching Institution: Luton International College

Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body: None

Name of the final award: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business

Programme title: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (60 Credits)

Mode of study: Full time

Language of study: English

Criteria for admission to the programme:

The most important criterion for admission into this programme is the ability of the learner to complete the course successfully. The following academic achievements are expected from those learners who have been in education recently:

  • 4 GCSE at grade C or above, or
  • Students will be required to complete skills in Literacy, Numeracy if they do not have GCSE grade C in the subjects, or
  • A minimum of level 2 Qualification in Business
  • All students will be subject to take an English proficiency tests prior to enrolment on the course.
  • Related work experience.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and /or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Entry requirements for this qualification are therefore varied. In all cases, the learner must be aged 19 years or older and the college will check the background qualifications of applicants to ascertain the suitability of the learner for this course.

Aims of the programme:

To provide a diploma level business course that will give learners an opportunity to-

  • Providing education and training for a range of careers in businesses such as administration, Personnel, and marketing.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher skills in a business context.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to gain a nationally recognized vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in business or progress to higher education vocational qualifications.

Intended programme learning outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes:

Learners studying for the awards in business will be expected to develop the following skills :

  • Cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
  • Effective communication, oral and in writing, using a range of media widely used in business e.g. the preparation and presentation of business reports
  • Developing an appropriate learning style.
  • Effective use of communication and information technology for business applications
  • Effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise
  • Self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues
  • Effective performance within a team environment including leadership, team-building, influencing and project-management skills

 Programme structure and requirements

BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business is a qualification with a minimum of 60 credits of which 40 are mandatory core.



Level 3 Mandatory Core Units – Total 40 credits for first 4

core units

Unit Level Unit Credit
1 Business Environment 3 10
2 Business Resources 3 10
3 Introduction to Marketing 3 10
4 Business Communication 3 10
  Optional units – at least a total of 20 credits must be earned    
12 Internet Marketing in Business 3 10
13 Recruitment and Selection in Business 3 10

Criteria for admissions and selection:

Entry criteria are set after consulting the course teachers and relevant awarding body’s requirements. Decisions on applications are made by the Admissions officer on the basis of set criteria. The candidates will be expected to hold a UK Level 3 Diploma. Applications to the HND award are welcome from students with a wide variety of qualifications, skills and experiences.

For all programmes, the selection process will take into account-

  • the student’s potential to succeed in his or her chosen programme of study
  • actual or expected academic or professional qualifications and grades
  • relevant work or other experience
  • applicants’ own statements of interest in the programme

Teaching and learning:

You are required to study 10 credits at each level to be eligible for an award with a minimum credit requirement of the core units as outlined in the structure of the Programme. Each module requires 10 hours of learning time per credit.

A range of teaching methods are used encouraging learners to undertake self-learning to enable them to contribute effectively to guided learning sessions and to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge of the subject. Learners gain an understanding of the importance of critical thinking and analysis by tutors utilising case studies for individual and group development of such skills. Learners are involved in finding the solutions of the practical problems that are reported in the literature to prepare them to face the challenges of the business. Learners gain competency in problem solving, creative thinking, team building, leadership skills, interpersonal skills and communication.


The assessment of the award is criterion referenced. Learner’s work is assessed against learning outcomes and assessment criteria. A learner can only pass a unit when evidence is produced against all the assessment criteria. If learner’s work does not meet any one assessment criterion, the work will not achieve the pass grade. All units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. To achieve a pass grade for the unit learners must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specifications. To achieve a merit grade learners must achieve all pass and merit grades and all distinction grade descriptors.

A variety of assessment methods are used to allow learners to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, problem solving skills, application skills, analytical skills and communication skills.

Learners are given both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are used to provide valuable feedback on the learner’s work, however, the marks/grade given on formative work does not count towards the final grade. Summative assessment is usually handed in by the learner towards the end of the term. The marks/ grade count towards the final grade. Learners receive a detailed and developmental feedback on their work identifying good points and areas of improvement.

Student support:

The college provides support to its students:

  • The one day induction programme helps every new student to have information on course and other important matters. An Induction pack includes course brochure, student handbook and essential contact details are hand over to the student.
  • Counselling on personal problem is provided by trained staff.
  • Study support through the provision of ample materials and resources.
  • Constructive feedback on students’ work from the tutors
  • Opportunities to express views, opinions, and lodge complaints.

Date at which the programme specification was written or revised:

 Revised in August 2015


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